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How Downs Could Improve In The Second Half Of The Season

Having gained a little bit of momentum before the mid-season break, Absa Premiership champions Mamelodi Sundowns may feel somewhat better going into the second half of the season. Being 15 points behind leaders Kaizer Chiefs at the moment may not seem ideal, however with much needed improvements, Downs have every opportunity to close that gap.

With that said, the Fan Park crew will now take a look at three areas Masandawana could improve on.

Fewer Squad Rotations

Pitso Mosimane, as we know, has  a huge selection of quality players to choose from. The Sundowns defence has seen many changes, with the likes of Mario Booysen, Thabo Nthethe, Rheece Evans, Ramahlwe Mphahlele, Tebogo Langerman and Mzikayise Mashaba all being in and out of the starting line up - with only Alje Schut really holding his place.

A Fixed Goalkeeper

The goalkeeping duties have been shared between three goalkeepers this season in Wayne Sandilands, Kennedy Mweene and Dennis Onyango. It would also put the defensive line at ease knowing there is one goalkeeper to form a telepathic relationship with.

Converting Chances In Front Of Goal

Statistically, Downs enter the final third of the pitch on more occasions than Kaizer Chiefs in the league. On average, Sundowns make 13 final third entries per games, compared to only 11.43 times by Chiefs. The Brazilians also make 18.95 crosses on average per game, compared to 15.29 made by Chiefs. Even though Downs are superior in this regard, Chiefs still manage to score more goals than the champions - with 27 scored by Amakhosi, compared to 22 by Downs. This is a clear indication that we need to work on our finishing.

Which other areas do you think Downs can improve on?


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