Manzini praises 'Bullet of Bulawayo'
Mamelodi Sundowns captain Michael Manzini has praised fellow team-mate and striker Peter Ndlovu for his commitment to the club.
"Peter is one of the senior players and leads by example," wrote Manzini in his column on the official Sundowns website. "He puts in a lot of work which unfortunately people fail to notice. He is one of the hardest-working fellows, but hardly ever gets his due reward.
"I should know, because we work so closely with the guy and watch him at close quarters both at training and in a match situation. Few people notice the way he positions himself and the way he pulls away defenders from his fellow strikers!
"Peter gets involved in the game and is aware that a lot of defenders focus their attention on him and so, usually distracts them and creates opportunities for the other strikers.
"He never complains and does his job quietly and is a team player. I was very happy about his contribution last week and I have no doubt that he will continue to serve the team with distinction," he added.
Meanwhile, Manzini has warned his team-mates not to take Benoni Premier United lightly when the two teams meet in the quarter-finals of the Telkom Knockout on Friday, October 26.
"When they held us to a 2-2 draw a fortnight ago, some critics claimed that we were disappointing and we should win with our eyes closed against teams like Benoni.
"And yet the same Benoni Premier United went on to defeat Free State Stars 2-0. And when they eliminated Orlando Pirates from the Telkom Knockout, suddenly people sat up and took notice. They were shocked and suddenly, people were saying: 'Hey, la bafana be Benoni ba ya dlala!' ('These guys can play!')," said Manzini.
The 'Downs skipper concluded: "I think the playing fields have been leveled and gone are the days when teams won games because they were so-and-so.
"These days, you work very hard for your win irrespective of who you are facing. Otherwise you underestimate teams like Benoni at your own peril."