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Compact Cup: Reported Kaizer Chiefs target Du Preez and players who enhanced their reputations

18:17 GMT 30/01/2022
Ashley Du Preez & Evidence Makgopa of Coastal United, January 2022
Some players stood up and performed above expectations during the PSL tournament which ended on Saturday 

  • Ashley Du Preez, Coastal United & Kermit Erasmus, Dinaledi,January 2022

    Which players enhanced their reputation?

    Warriors were crowned inaugural Compact Cup champions after defeating Coastal United 2-1 in the final, while Dinaledi beat Amabutho 1-0 in the third-place playoff match.

    Here, GOAL selected five players who enhanced their reputations in the mid-season competition.

  • Pule Mmodi, Amabutho, January 2022

    Pule Mmodi

    The Lamontville Golden Arrows winger was the standout performer for Amabutho who finished fourth in the PSL tournament.

    A quick forward with an eye for goals, Mmodi used his pace to great effect as he caused havoc for the opposition's defence in Amabutho's two matches. 

    Mmodi, 28, who is in his second season in the PSL, was just unlucky not to score against eventual champions Warriors in the semi-final clash. 

    His exploits did earn him the Man of the Match accolade - beating Itumeleng Khune who also had a great game - to the award and Mmodi may be a wanted man in the next transfer window with big clubs targeting him. 

  • Lesedi Kapinga, Pule Mmodi, Dinaledi FC vs Amabutho, January 2022

    Lesedi Kapinga

    The gifted attacker had become a forgotten man due to his lack of game time at Mamelodi Sundowns, but he dazzled in Dinaledi's colours. 

    Kapinga used the Compact Cup as a platform to remind everyone of his quality as he scored arguably the goal of the tournament against Amabutho in the third-place playoff match. 

    Nicknamed Dona, the 26-year-old caught the eye with his sublime combination of play, movement off the ball as well as shooting ability.

    Dona will be hoping that his performances for Dinaledi have done enough to convince the Sundowns' co-head coaches Rhulani Mokwena and Manqoba Mngqthi that he deserves regular game time. 

  •  Luphumlo Sifumba, Cape Town City, November 2021

    Luphumlo Sifumba

    The teenager was among the DStv Diski Challenge players who were included in the Coastal United squad and he grabbed the opportunity with both hands.

    Sifumba shot to national prominence with a wonderful goal with his first touch against Dinaledi and the long-range stunner sealed Coastal's 3-0 win in the semi-final clash.

    The 16-year-old midfielder also caught the eye with his brilliant ball control and his displays during Coastal's two matches left a big impression on Coastal assistant coach Kurt Lentjies.

    Cape Town City coach Eric Tinkler will be tempted into giving the immensely gifted youngster a chance to play for the club's first team when the current PSL season resumes. 

  • Ashley Du Preez

    Ashley du Preez

    The reported Kaizer Chiefs target was one of the best players in the inaugural Compact Cup and his stock will definitely rise following his performances in the competition. 

    Du Preez netted the first goal of the tournament when he hit the back of the net against Dinaledi in the semi-final game - displaying his predatory instinct in the box.

    The Stellenbosch FC player then scored a sensational goal in the final which proved to be Coastal United's consolation as they suffered a 2-1 defeat to the Warriors.

    Chiefs have been credited with an interest in Du Preez, but they may soon be joined by other clubs in the race to sign the lethal striker due to his eye-catching displays in the Compact Cup.

  • Monnapule Saleng, Warriors, January 2022

    Monnapule Saleng

    The current National First Division Golden Boot holder was the hero for the Warriors in the semi-final as he inspired the team to a 1-0 win over Amabutho.

    Saleng, who is currently on loan at Swallows FC from Orlando Pirates, replaced Thembinkosi Lorch at half-time and he changed the complexion of the game and he went on to grab a late winning goal.

    The 23-year-old winger also impressed in the final after replacing Keagan Dolly just after the hour-mark and he was involved in the build-up to Ruzaigh Gamildien's second goal which sealed the Warriors' win over Coastal United.

    His displays in the Compact Cup have shown that he is a quality winger, who will get even better and Pirates will be keen to welcome him back at the end of his loan deal.