Mamelodi Sundowns co-coach Manqoba Mngqithi believes new signing Abdelmounaim Boutouil may prove even better than former defender Ricardo Nascimento.
The Moroccan defender made his debut for Sundowns in an emphatic 8-1 win over minnows La Passe in the CAF Champions League second preliminary round ay Loftus Versfeld Stadium on Friday.
"Technically he is unbelievable," Mngqithi said.
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"Technically he makes fewer mistakes and has a full range of passing.
"Short, medium, and long passes that break the lines and that targets the opposite number eight.
"Also passes that targets the opposite full backs, and he can find the strikers very easily.
"Technically, you cannot fault him, and he is also very strong on set pieces.
"Aerially he is a dominant figure in that space, but his physical condition is not yet at the right level.
"He is very close, if not better at what you can get from Ricardo Nascimento.
The 24-year-old defender is set to be back in action when the Brazilians host Marumo Gallants in a DStv Premiership clash on Wednesday.
Kick-off is at 19:30.
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