Former Mamelodi Sundowns defender, Matthew Booth argues that Masandawana has not yet hit fourth or fifth gear this season and that he has found the left back situation at the club quite strange.
With an average of 2 goals per game, with most of those goals coming away from home and most of KaboYellow’s goals coming between minute 75 and full time, speaks of a team that tires the opposition out and then hits them when they tire and lose concentration in the final minutes of the game.
“Some people might argue that they have not hit fourth or fifth gear yet,” Matthew Booth told ThisIsFootball.Africa.
“The fact that they have only lost to TS Galaxy and SuperSport in the league, and then drew and lost against Orlando Pirates in the MTN 8 semi-final and are still top of the log with a game in hand over Supersport United. That says a lot. Only conceding five goals and scoring 24 goals, I mean those statistics alone are an awesome performance.
Booth also weighed in on the left back position which saw Divine Lunga going out on loan to Lamontville Golden Arrows, followed by the ever-present and defender of the season Lyle Lakay, going on loan to Cape Town City. Leaving them with Sifiso Nogobeni, who just got back from an average loan spell at SuperSport United and the new arrival and Bafana international Terrence Mashego. But in quick succession the pair landed up on the injury list, leaving Downs with a potential problem.
“They have to rotate quite a bit, their left back situation is strange and has come back to bite them a little bit,” Booth continued.
“I thought the Lyle Lakay loan move to City was a bit strange, but obviously they didn’t realise that both Terrence Mashego and Sifiso Ngobeni would get injured. So now they must play Mosa Lebusa there. I just thought initially that was a bit of a strange move, combined with the havoc of the two injuries in the same position. This sets them back a little bit from an attacking point of view, because they do rely on both full backs to get forward and add to the attack. Having said that, very reasonable performance, top of the log and in prime position to carry on from where they left off. Who can argue with that.”
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