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THE BREAKDOWN: Do Chiefs Need To Replace Masilela & Khumalo?

The Solution To Kaizer Chiefs' Left Back Position

By Kyle Smith - Jul 01, 2017 09:09 AM @KyleLaduma

Kaizer Chiefs will be looking to shore up their defence for the upcoming season and have been linked with Ajax Cape Town’s Mosa Lebusa, but is it necessary to make changes at left back?

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In Soccer Laduma issue number 1029, the Siya crew revealed that the Welkom-born defender is being targeted by the powers that be at Naturena and that the club is adamant that they want to bolster their defence, which includes the role on the left side of the defence.

However, Sibusiso Khumalo and Tsepo Masilela are the current incumbents of the position, having spent the season competing for a starting role and it remains to be seen if Lebusa has what it takes to keep two experienced campaigners out of the team. The question therefore remains, has Lebusa outperformed his counterparts?

Lebusa was called into action more often at the back than the two Chiefs players last season, with 27 starts, compared to Masilela’s 17 and Khumalo’s 11. Lebusa made more tackles (4.04 per 90 minutes) than Khumalo (1.84) and Masilela (0.96) combined and also made more clearances per 90 (11.9) than both of the Chiefs stars. Furthermore, Lebusa won an incredible 78.5% of his aerial duels, which was the third highest in the league and won 68.2% of his total duels, which was the joint-12th highest in the league.

Going forward, the Masilela attempted more passes (56.6 per 90) than Lebusa (45.2), while Khumalo only attempted 44.7 and Masilela’s passing accuracy was the best amongst the three (87.5% compared to Lebusa’s 78.7% and Khumalo’s 75.7%), but Masilela played fewer long balls per 90, with 2.4 compared to Khumalo’s 4.5 and Lebusa’s 5.

Lebusa and Khumalo also crossed the ball more often, and all three players completed more than 20% of their open play crosses, although Lebusa and Khumalo were slightly below the league average (21.4%), while Masilela completed 26.3% of his crosses.

Therefore, it’s clear that Chiefs need to prioritise what they believe is important to them. It would appear that Masilela is superior to Khumalo and Lebusa when it comes to attacking movements, but one must also consider that Lebusa was also part of a team that was above average for direct play, as Ajax Cape Town were fourth in the league for direct play passes (8% above average) while Chiefs were last in the PSL, going direct 21% under the league average. However, Lebusa’s defensive statistics are superior to his counterparts’.

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If Chiefs are looking for a more defensively sound left back, Lebusa would likely excel in that role, but Masilela remains a top quality attacking full back, which is more in the line of what is required of the modern fullback.

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Bad Man Daddy Joined: 22 Jun 2017
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Bad Man Daddy Jul 03, 2017 08:01 PM
Yes let go of Tshepo he did serve us with great the seasons he's been with us but he's legs r about to give in....Lebusa will b a good replacement for him with Khumalo on the bench or starting line up it will b good for our team
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HERO THE GENERAL 8 Jul 02, 2017 10:23 AM
Lebusa?..mncm
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HERO THE GENERAL 8 Jul 02, 2017 10:23 AM
lebusa?
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75149316 Jul 02, 2017 08:22 AM
Yes we need to release Tsepho as soon as possible
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Vhivha Jul 01, 2017 02:35 PM
Baloyi is gone, now SK please consider giving Meyiwa game time. This boy has a big heart and has ability to keep that engine room working.
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JABULEKHOSI Jul 01, 2017 02:10 PM
Chiefs Back line Problem is exactly on Center Defender Mathoho performance Doesn't mean experience there way he is Playing it is Clear that young Gordihno will Need a tough partner there Chiefs must Bring Good Center Back
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JingleBells Mosimane Jul 01, 2017 01:36 PM
@Dangerous when provoked THE BREAKDOWN: Do Chiefs Need To Replace Masilela & Khumalo...says da article...don't let unemployment toy with ur mind khosi hey...lastly b4 u reply 2 ma comment make very sure ur mind is well engaged khosi otherwise ur mind will lose more left just lyk wat u do now...read the heading again
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setlaboswana Jul 01, 2017 01:32 PM
@Vhivha, are you sober?
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setlaboswana Jul 01, 2017 01:30 PM
They should remain in nappyrena.
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JingleBells Mosimane Jul 01, 2017 01:29 PM
@Vhivha THE BREAKDOWN: Do Chiefs Need To Replace Masilela & Khumalo? says da heading...u need to start drinking responsible khosi hey
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Vhivha Jul 01, 2017 01:27 PM
@JingleBells Mosimane who cares about your plastic star from China Mall
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Mr_Down Jul 01, 2017 01:26 PM
@Vhivha jelousy will eat you alive and Sundowns will kill you.
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Papa Charles Jul 01, 2017 01:15 PM
Chiefs need a stupid coach lyk Macdonald of Arconbush and stupid keeper lyk Masuluke
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indidane Jul 01, 2017 01:13 PM
Who cares about des Ethiopian Chips ???
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Vhivha Jul 01, 2017 01:12 PM
@JingleBells Mosimane your long tail will come between your legs at 5pm today Ethopians will show your Dunusa umuzi odayisa ugologo. Backdoor days are over and your plastic star will break more and more
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Glamour boys akaKhosination Jul 01, 2017 01:01 PM
Another waste of time, Chiefs is covered at the back. Chiefs need strikers to score goals.
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Dangerous when provoked Jul 01, 2017 12:56 PM
@JingleBells Mosimane you need to follow comments about your team, stop stressing. SL is following where there is profit in terms of support.
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Dangerous when provoked Jul 01, 2017 12:53 PM
Masilela is the best but agebus catching up with him. He is no longer as he was playing with Parker at Benoni and Thanda. That is ehy both attracted clubs overseas.
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KingKMS Jul 01, 2017 12:47 PM
He's not a free agent, so Bobby won't sign him
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JingleBells Mosimane Jul 01, 2017 12:39 PM
Wat value do these kaizer chiefs nonsenses of urs bring to African Football... its just a waste/misuse of soccerladuma limited resources...Super Jingles and his crew r up and down across boarders of South Africa trying to revolutionize Africa Football but u waste time with these kaizer chiefs nonsenses...prioritize editor aseblief mfowam

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