Mamelodi Sundowns defender, Thabo Nthethe, reflects on why he struggled last season and what he plans to do differently this time around.
The defender was linked with a move to SuperSport United in the off season but it looks as though he will be staying at Chloorkop and is determined to nail down a starting berth.
The 30-year-old only made 20 starts in all competitions for the Brazilians last season and is looking to force his way back into in Coach Pitso Mosimane’s plans. The centre back started both of Sundowns' opening two fixtures this campaign.
Downs, however, are reportedly still looking for a replacement for the Alje Schut and Nthethe will be hoping to show the technical staff that he is up for the challenge to slot in for the departed captain.
“The coach didn’t say much (about last season’s limited game time) but from a personal point of view, I knew that I had to work harder on my game and that is why I didn’t play as much as I would have liked. Reflecting back on the videos of the games that I played last season, I am under the impression that I was not consistent enough to help the team.”
“I also think that the guys who were playing central defence were doing enough and deserved to play. Such things happen in football and that was the time I had to sit back, watch myself and make sure that I come back strongly this season,” Nthethe told Soccer Laduma.
Downs' next PSL encounter is against Bidvest Wits and they will be looking to walk away from the Lucas Moripe Stadium with all three points on Saturday, August 22.