Orlando Pirates' Azola Matrose rates Sundowns' Khuliso Mudau highly

Orlando Pirates' Azola Matrose rates Sundowns' Khuliso Mudau highly

Orlando Pirates rising star Azola Matrose has revealed that Mamelodi Sundowns defender Khuliso Mudau is his most challenging adversary.

Matrose, who joined the Buccaneers after a standout 2021/22 DStv Premiership season, spent another year honing his skills at Chippa United. While navigating the wings for the Chilli Boys, he faced a slew of top-flight defenders, but none left as lasting an impression as Mudau.

In an exclusive interview with KickOff, Matrose praised Mudau's relentless defensive prowess, stating, "It's Khuliso Mudau from Sundowns. He's a tough marker who sticks to you like glue.

"Personally, he consistently makes it incredibly difficult for me to bypass him. Without a doubt, he's been my most formidable opponent."

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Matrose's sentiment echoes the broader consensus, as Mudau earned the title of DStv Premiership Defender of the Season for his remarkable performances in the 22/23 campaign, amassing 39 appearances in all competitions for the Brazilians.

Sundowns coach, Rulani Mokwena, lauded Mudau's unwavering consistency and exceptional character, remarking in October last year, "If there's been a player that has been extremely consistent in his performances in the past two seasons, it has to be Sailor (Mudau). That is also a reflection of the quality player that he is. Apart from [having] the qualities of being a top football player, [he also has] the qualities of being a very good human being."

Mudau has wasted no time making his mark in the new DStv Premiership season, scoring a vital last-minute equalizer during Sundowns' 1-1 draw against Kaizer Chiefs in the MTN8 first-leg semi-final, reaffirming his reputation as a stalwart defender and a potent force for his team.

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