Absa Premiership

Thapelo Morena happy with being utility player at Mamelodi Sundowns

Badr Gaddarine of Wydad Athletic Club and Thapelo Morena of Mamelodi Sundowns during the CAF Champions League match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Wydad Athletic Club at Lucas Moripe  Stadium on February 01, 2020 in Pretoria, South Africa.
Badr Gaddarine of Wydad Athletic Club and Thapelo Morena of Mamelodi Sundowns during the CAF Champions League match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Wydad Athletic Club at Lucas Moripe Stadium on February 01, 2020 in Pretoria, South Africa.
Lefty Shivambu

Thapelo Morena says he does not mind fulfilling the role of a utility player for Mamelodi Sundowns as long as he can contribute to the team's success.

Morena, is often used in a variety of positions by Masandawana mentor Pitso Mosimane whether it is at right-back, winger or even up front.

A characteristic of Morena's is his lightning quick speed and high stamina levels meaning he is able to cover every blade of the grass for the Brazilians.

And the 26-year-old says it doesn't matter if he plays at right-back as he is still able to influence the game in an attacking manner from that position - which is what he likes doing.

"Even though I play at right-back, when I look at my game I just don't look for the right-back possibilities. I always look for the gaps in the attacking areas and I think that gave my coaches confidence to put me in those attacking positions," Morena told KickOff.

"I also look at what right wingers do, what the strikers do and what I can do if I'm played there.

"It's more about making sure that the team benefits from whatever position I'm placed at in a particular match.

"It also depends on the tactics of the day and the opposition because I actually sit down and watch videos with the coaches before we decide what my role will be in a particular game.

"What I'm happy about is the fact that I've been able to adapt and keep my game at a good level in whatever position I've been asked to play. I also look around me and not at one position."

- TEAMtalk media