Confined to the treatment table for many months, it took countless hours of surgery and rehabilitation before Tsepo Masilela eventually returned to the starting line-up at Kaizer Chiefs. Even then his progress was slow and he looked a shadow of the rampaging fullback he undoubtedly is.
But, a combination of Stuart Baxter’s patience and a steady return to match fitness started to pay off – his true pedigree started to show! It even won him a place in the Bafana Bafana squad for the Afcon. In this adidas F50 feature, we examine why Masilela could be back to his best.
Masilela & F50 – find fast!
Gaming fans out there may be aware that on the very popular Fifa 13 football series, Tsepo Masilela is rated as one of the fastest fullbacks in world football! In fact, he’s got higher acceleration and sprint speed statistics than Barcelona’s speeding fullbacks, Dani Alves and Jordi Alba! The game has a well-regarded scouting network which scours the world’s professional leagues, to accurately assess and record different players’ attributes.
From its very comprehensive database, Tsepo Masilela is in the top five of fastest fullbacks in world football! He even has faster acceleration statistics than Cristiano Ronaldo! These are world class numbers when it comes to a player’s physical specs. The adidas F50 boot prides itself on helping a player reach top speed, to ‘find fast’. This is something it appears Masilela needs little help with.
The question is, will he be able to maintain the blistering pace of old after all his injuries? It appears to be one of the 27-year-old speedster’s biggest challenges – to be as fast and effective for Bafana Bafana as he used to be before. If Masilela can turn on the gas in the Afcon, there’ll be no doubt he’s back to his rampaging best! It’ll be just what we’re all hoping for to help Bafana go deep into the competition’s latter stages.
Can Masilela get back to his past form to help Bafana in the 2013 Afcon?