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Downs' Defensive Kingpins

The saying goes, ‘goals win you games and defences win you titles’, and at Mamelodi Sundowns we are not short of men who are capable of shutting down any attacking force.

The Fan Park crew will now take a look at four Downs players who have been pillars of strength in defence and formed the foundation for Downs' recent spike in form.

Alje Schut

Our captain will always get a mention in this regard, as he has been a warrior for the Brazilians in the last couple of seasons. Not only has he contributed so much defensively, but his two goals this season have not gone unnoticed.

Ramahlwe Mphahlele

Rama also deserves to be recognised as, in my opinion, he is without a doubt one of the best right-backs in the country. Now a constant fixture in the Downs starting XI, Mphahlele has been immaculate in recent times - whether it is going forward or tracking back.

Mzikayise Mashaba

Mashaba is a player not often praised but we cannot deny that his versatility is a great asset to the current Downs outfit. Mashaba can play either as a wide full-back, centre-back or even in midfield, and this is why he is such an important member of the Downs team.

Thabo Nthethe

Mr. Cool is one of the natural born leaders at Chloorkop and alongside Schut in defence, you are sure to know that no attacking force will find it easy to get through.

Which other Downs defenders do you feel have had the biggest impact on the squad this season?

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