South Africa Player of the Week: Reneilwe Letsholonyane - Bafana Bafana

Yeye put in a dogged display against Mali in one of his best performances in a Bafana Bafana shirt
South Africa Player of the Week
 Reneilwe Letsholonyane
AGE 30
POSITION Midfielder
TEAMS  South Africa
South Africa
(1)1-1(3) Mali

Indefatigable and enthusiastic in his performance, “Yeye” was a force to be reckoned with against Mali during South Africa’s quarter-final tie. The Kaizer Chiefs midfielder displayed both his ardent  belief in South African football, coupled with his technical qualities when in possession. His first half performance was all about slick passing, movement and control, sending South Africa ahead through dominating the middle of the park. In the second stanza, Mali changed their tactics and Yeye was forced to change his game, as he had to focus on hard-running football in order to keep Bafana Bafana in with a shout. He did not give up throughout 120 minutes of gruelling, physical soccer and should be commended for his efforts, as he was stretchered off the pitch in utter exhaustion. In a night of immense disappointment, there were moments of exhilaration as the South African midfield tore Mali to shreds with a short passing game reminiscent of the Blaugrana.  

Congratulations to Yeye's 16th South Africa Player of the Week winner!

Honourable Mention

Tokelo Rantie - South Africa

Rantie's night was cut short due to injury, but his blazing pace and poacher's goal against Mali almost secured a semi-final berth for South Africa. The bright talent is certainly the future of South African football as he possesses the ability to trouble any defensive unit with his rip-roaring runs which troubled Mali throughout his time on the pitch.

Ithumeleng Khune - South Africa

Khune was once again impressive with his pinpoint distribution and was able to perform solidly in goal for South Africa. Khune's ability to utilise South Africa's pace with his accurate delivery means he will always be a major factor in South Africa's success.
May Mahlangu– South Africa

Mahlangu once more underlined his quality in the middle of the park, forming part of a dangerous unit with Dean Furman and Yeye. Despite missing his penalty kick, the talented player showed how dangerous his movement can be, as he troubled Mali with some lung bursting runs whilst in possession. He was also an engineer in the midfield displaying his ability to pick a pass.

Each week our team of writers will put forward a selected candidate, as chosen by South Africa, who deserves recognition for achieving something special that matchday.

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