In a game of few chances, the home side’s defense was impressive in terms of excluding the generally powerful attack from the 2020/21 league champions.
Former Kaizer Chiefs star Jabu Mahlangu (Pule) congratulated Swallows FC center-backs Junaid Sait and Njabulo Ngcobo after Birds’ 0-0 draw against Mamelodi Sundowns at Dobsonville Stadium on Saturday night.
While Sundowns reportedly hoped to celebrate the conquest of a fourth consecutive PSL title this week with a captivating victory over Swallows, Brandon Truter’s men had other ideas as they resolutely battled the star-studded Brazilians.
Among those who stood out were two players who have spent most of their careers in the second tier of South African football at Ngcobo and Sait, the latter being named the man of the match.
Mahlangu was very impressed with the way the pair remained silent on PSL Player of the Season nominee Peter Shalulile.
“My key player before the match was Ncgobo,” former Bafana winger Bafana said during the post-match analysis session of the SuperSport TV studio.
“And I said, I want to look at the partnership with Sait. And Ncgobo and Sait, they both have [it out]. Especially against the mobility of [Peter] Shalulile, we know it’s not easy to defend yourself against Shalulile. He can run away from the ball, he can receive the ball. He is very good with the ball. He has everything an attacker needs.
“And these two guys, Ngcobo and Sait, they did very well taking care of him. He was calm this afternoon.”
There has been talk for some time now that Ngcobo is on the wanted list for Kaizer Chiefs who parted ways with head coach Gavin Hunt on Friday afternoon.
The 27-year-old center-back has been outstanding this season in his first top-flight campaign, having signed with Premier League side Uthongathi.
Sait, 28, has previously played in the second division for clubs such as Milano United, Cape Town All Stars, Stellenbosch FC and Richards Bay.