Pitso Mosimane: Sundowns defender Asavela Mbekile is the best right-back in the country

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Mbekile has flourished in the right-back position for the Brazilians

Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane believes that Asavela Mbekile is the best right-back in the country.

“I believe Mbekile is the best right-back in the country. I’m not lying. I think he is the best right-back but he is not happy to play right-back. He doesn’t want to play right-back for us,” Mosimane told the media.

Mbekile, who is naturally a defensive midfielder, has not had any problems at right-back.

“It is the same as Rama. I think he is a centre-back rather than a right-back and I used him at centre-back. Modjeka Madisha is a six (left-back). Bangaly Soumahoro is also a six,” he said.

Having managed Bongani Zungu and Siboniso Gaxa in the past, Mosimane recalls how he was able to convert them from their usual positions.

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“Bongani Zungu was playing on the right or a 10 at Tuks. He scored a lot of goals for Tuks playing with Mame Niang. I think he scored about eight goals that season and I said that I must have him but I also said that is not a 10,” Mosimane added.

“I told him in the long-term you are a six. He mourned but he has made two transfers as a six. Siboniso Gaxa, he was the centre-back at SuperSport. He marked Collins Mbesuma out of the game," he continued.

“At that time, Mbesuma had scored 35 goals but Gaxa made a big name for himself that day. I told him I would play him at right-back,” Mosimane concluded.