Mamelodi Sundowns stalwart questions signing of De Reuck

Erstwhile Mamelodi Sundowns defender James Mayinga has questioned his former club’s decision to sign Rushine De Reuck from Maritzburg United.

Mayinga, who works as an analyst for SuperSport’s local football programming, does not believe De Reuck can meet the standards for success at Chloorkop.

Mayinga can’t see De Reuck fitting in at Mamelodi Sundowns

De Reuck was called into the Bafana Bafana squad for the back-to-back Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifying Group C matches against Sao Tome e Principe late last year. He did not earn an international debut but his call-up appeared justified given his strong performances for the Team of Choice.

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Rushine De Reuck celebrates during the 2019 Telkom Knockout Semi Finals match between Kaizer Chiefs and Maritzburg United at Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit, on 24 November 2019 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

It has been intimated that the 26-year-old, who can play as a centre back or as a right fullback, is seen as a long-term successor to Mamelodi Sundowns defensive titan Ricardo Nascimento. Mayinga doesn’t believe De Reuck can match the consistency of Nascimento and won’t make an impact for the Brazilians. 

In the short-term it is unclear how much game-time De Reuck will get with Sundowns cabal of coaches already enjoying the services of Nascimento, Mosa Lebusa, Brian Onyango and Rivaldo Coetzee.

There is no questioning that De Reuck has put in some impressive performances for Maritzburg United but Mayinga doesn’t think he’ll be able to reach his peak week in and week out.

When asked if Masandawana needed to sign De Reuck, Mayinga told “No, he won’t fit the pattern of Sundowns.

“He’s a good player, let’s not take anything away from him. But Sundowns demand… how do I put it? Not just any player. A player that has character. Not only for one game but consistently week in week out. And always make sure you perform at your peak. You see, a player like [Ricardo] Nascimento for an example will be very difficult to replace at Sundowns because he’s unique.”

Mayinga feels Sundowns let go of Wayne Arendse too soon, and could miss his dependability in their pursuit of league and continental glory.

“The same thing with Alje Schut when he was still at Sundowns. He was unique, it took time before they found Nascimento. So now there’s Mosa Lebusa who is still trying to fit in. But Mosa Lebusa is injury-prone. There’s Brian Onyango, who to me is the fastest centre-back, a good reader, a good passer of the ball, but somewhere somehow he’s got a lapse in concentration.

“You see letting go of Wayne Arendse, it was a premature decision. You need people like Arendse because they will give you stability come rain or shine. He’s dependable.”

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