Downs' bloated squad now possess 7 left-back possibilities

Mamelodi Sundowns players during their recent match against AmaZulu
Mamelodi Sundowns players during their recent match against AmaZulu
Lefty Shivambu

The arrival of Terrence Mashego at Chloorkop has created a situation that Mamelodi Sundowns will need to find a solution for within the remaining hours of this transfer window.

As confirmed by the PSL, the transfer window will close at midnight on Thursday, September 22 after having opened on July 1.

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The mid-season transfer window will then open on January 1 next year and close on January 31.

Mashego’s arrival last week on a transfer that wasn’t expected considering the options that Sundowns already have in that position but is said to have been necessitated by Cape Town City’s request has heightened uncertainty at the club.

Considering that money has just been spent to bring him it is expected that he will jump to the front of the queue in the left-back position where he plays.

Terrence Mashego making his debut for Mamelodi Sun

The Brazilians now appear bloated in that position.

Lyle Lakay has given his heart and soul whenever used through all the four years that he has spent since arriving from Cape Town City.

His game is pregnant with assists and scores goals along the way.

He has scored 13 goals and provided 26 assists through his time at the club – which is impressive for a full-back who also has defensive duties to fulfil.

Lakay (31) will feel justified to continue playing regularly and has been linked with moves to former clubs Cape Town City and SuperSport United.

Aubrey Modiba has started the new season as the preferred choice on the left-back playing the most minutes in that position of all options available for the club.

Modiba (27) is into his third season at the club and is equally comfortable playing further up the left flank depending on the system employed on the day.

The youngest option is Sifiso Ngobeni who is back at the club after spending time on loan at SuperSport in the second half of last season.

His enthusiasm is difficult to ignore.

Being left-footed Mosa Lebusa has previously occasionally played at left-back for Sundowns and spent a sizeable part of his stay at Ajax Cape Town as a full-back, so he is yet another option though he has been preferred in the centre.

New Moroccan signing Abdelmounaim Boutouil has been brought in as a left-footed central defender but has also played as a left-back before at his previous clubs adding him as another possibility.

Grant Kekana has played over 20 matches as a left-back at SuperSport and University of Pretoria when the situation forced him to do so, so he is familiar with what it takes to play there as well.

This means Sundowns have up to seven players that possibly play at left-back and logic dictates that they will have to cut down.

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