Felix Badenhorst didn't make the grade at Sundowns because he lacked pace says Manqoba Mngqithi


Badenhorst trained with Sundowns for a week in December last year but a permanent move didn’t materialise. Mngqithi says even though they liked the player, he did not meet certain criteria that they were looking for.

“He was a very good player, a very good finisher also good on set pieces. We liked a lot in terms of his technique but we felt we need a number 10 that was a little bit quicker. A number 10 that will break lines a lot because we’ve got a specimen of Khama Billiat,” Mngqithi tells snl24.com/kickoff

“So we want to get something that can always bring that dimension of the game from a number 10 position and unfortunately he’s not one of the quickest players and he does not assist us much in our pressing game defensively."

Mngqithi is certain that at a smaller PSL club Badenhorst will have the requisite skills to make it.

“If I was still coaching a small club like Golden Arrows, I would have signed him to play as a defensive midfielder. He’s got the right physical attributes and technique and his speed is not any issue in that position,” Mngqithi concludes.