Mamelodi Sundowns head coach Pitso Mosimane reserved special praise for one his stars following their 2-0 win over Bidvest Wits.
Sundowns edged closer to the regaining the Absa Premiership title with a 2-0 victory over The Clever Boys on Saturday evening.
Despite a perfect performance from all his charges, Downs coach Mosimane singled out Themba Zwane for praise after he excelled in the absence of Khama Billiat.
“We have to communicate and talk to them, he did well on the side of Khama (Billiat) where Khama always plays. He did well helping (Tebogo) Langerman deal with the crosses from Wits because they always bring in crosses and the last five minutes they put in crosses and we dealt with it well," Mosimane told SuperSport.
“So Wayne (Arendse) and Ricardo (Nascimento) did very well in defence. But Themba Zwane played very well. He started and performed.
“He has been coming off the bench lately, but now he said coach, ‘I want to start’. He did and delivered. That’s what we need."
With Vilakazi pulling out in the second half after a slight knock, Mosimane admitted he had to take precautionary action on him with their heavy schedule in the pipeline.
“It’s a heavy load. That’s why Vila was taking out. We need him. Look at the goal he scored, we need him.
“Also, Thapelo had a problem. I don’t like rotating a lot. But we need to manage the legs, it’s important,” he said.