Pitso Mosimane, Mamelodi Sundowns coach, has a knack for seeing potential in players that others don’t. Briefly.co.za highlights 4 players he converted into new roles with outstanding success.
Percy Tau - winger to striker
Tau started off as a winger who could play as an attacking midfielder when he rose through the ranks at Mamelodi Sundowns.
Mosimane took the bold decision to play him upfront and converted Tau into a striker.
The results speak for themselves with Tau scooping the PSL player of the season award.
Tau has since earned a move to Europe and is a key figure for Bafana Bafana.
Siboniso Gaxa - central defender to right-back
Gaxa’s shift from centre-back to right-back is well documented.
On reflection, Mosimane said, "Gaxa was playing in central defence at SuperSport and I said to him 'you don't have the body to play that position in the World Cup, move to right-back'."
Gaxa went on to make a name for himself at the 2010 World Cup as Bafana’s marauding right-back.
Thapelo Morena - winger to right-back
At the time of his transfer to Sundowns, Morena made a name for himself as a winger at Bloemfontein Celtic.
However, Mosimane noticed his work ethic and industry and felt those skills could be better utilised at right-back.
He’s been ever-present for the Brazilians at fullback ever since.
Bongani Zungu - attacking midfielder to defensive midfielder
Sowetan Live reported that Mosimane advised Zungu to discard his attacking instincts and focus his game on becoming a holding midfielder.
Mosimane said, "I told Bongani to stop this thing of playing number seven or 10, 'you have a body for a number six' and look now, he is a millionaire in euros."
Zungu has since earned a European move to Vitoria Guimaraes in Portugal and then to SC Amiens in France.
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