Aubrey Modiba: Mamelodi Sundowns Star Discloses Premier League Player He Models His Game After

Aubrey Modiba: Mamelodi Sundowns Star Discloses Premier League Player He Models His Game After

Ero Samson
updated at February 13, 2024 at 11:54 AM
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  • Aubrey Modiba has developed into one of the finest fullbacks in South Africa
  • The 28-year-old has become a mainstay in coach Rulani Mokewna’s team
  • The Mamelodi Sundowns star has named an EPL player he models his game after

Aubrey Modiba has undeniably evolved into one of the most accomplished fullbacks in South African football.

The 28-year-old Mamelodi Sundowns star has undergone a remarkable transformation since joining the Brazilian team, earning recognition as a modern-day full-back.

Nevertheless, it's crucial to acknowledge that the Bafana Bafana star's rise to indispensability and stalwart status in defence wasn't a mere incident.

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Aubrey Modiba during the African Football League semi-final match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Al Ahly. Image: Phill Magakoe.
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Flourishing under the guidance of head coach Rulani Mokewna, the former Cape Town City star attributes his surge in form to specific factors.

Additionally, he sheds light on the English Premier League player whose style he continues to model his game after.

Modiba on his style of play

In an interview with media outlet, the former SuperSport United star, who is currently engaged in international duties with the South African national team, discussed several factors contributing to his recent surge in form.

Attributing his form to his decision to model his style of play after Oleksandr Zinchenko, the 28-year-old stressed:

“Zincheko is killing that role. Even at Man City, he was killing it.”.
“Yeah, more, more Zinchenko because I think he does it very well at Arsenal, and you can see it isolates the wingers. It always wants one vs one because the winger can’t come back because the winger is focusing on me or the midfielder.”

Modiba's choice to model his game after the Ukrainian player seems to be paying off. Not only has he become a fixture at left-back for both his national team and club, but his goal-involvement ratio has also seen a significant increase.

Enjoying a prosperous phase in his career, Modiba hopes to crown it with success at the Africa Cup of Nations in Ivory Coast.

Modiba told to dump Sundowns

Sports Brief in another report stated Aubrey Modiba has received advice to leave Mamelodi Sundowns and consider a move to Europe following his outstanding performance for South Africa in the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations.

The 28-year-old played a crucial role in coach Hugo Broos' team, helping them secure a spot in the round of 16.

Modiba disclosed that a Malian player suggested he exit the South African Premier Soccer League (PSL) and explore opportunities in Europe after his exceptional display against the Eagles.

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Samson Ero is a sports journalist with a track record of over five years in the Nigerian media industry. He graduated from Nigerian Institute of Journalism (2021-2023).
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