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The In­cum­bent: Sibu­siso Vi­lakazi (29 years old)

Last sea­son, Vi­lakazi moved to a for­ward role, where his strong play with his back to goal was used as a fo­cal point for the side as Tau drifted across the front­line to cause havoc. This cam­paign, Vi­lakazi has played nu­mer­ous dif­fer­ent roles, even in a deeper mid­field role in some games where he is able to get more touches of the ball and dom­i­nate pro­ceed­ings. Sadly, he has just sus­tained a ter­ri­ble in­jury as he rup­tured his left Achilles ten­don on Bafana duty and will most likely miss the rest of this sea­son.

The Suc­ces­sor: Phaka­mani Mahlambi (21 years old)

When Tau and Bil­liat left the club, and with big names like Jeremy Brockie and Aubrey Ngoma strug­gling, the coach jumped at the chance to sign a mas­sively promis­ing Mahlambi for a re­ported R13.2m. Mosi­mane has de­scribed him as very, very raw and need­ing sev­eral months of tac­ti­cal train­ing to re­fine his game. How­ever, with 11 goals and nine as­sists in his lim­ited PSL min­utes (for Bid­vest Wits) so far in his ca­reer, he has shown that he could eas­ily be Sun­downs’ next big sale to a Euro­pean club. Thokozani Sekot­long is also an op­tion.

Ver­dict: Vi­lakazi’s in­jury is a huge loss, as he would have been a great men­tor to Mahlambi and also have been able to hold up the ball along­side him to cre­ate space and take at­ten­tion away from the ex-Al Ahly man. How­ever, Downs have signed a po­ten­tial star of the fu­ture, who should be given the min­utes he needs to de­velop, but now also faces real pres­sure to cover the loss of Vila. Jose Ali Meza has shown flashes of qual­ity too, and per­haps all is not lost for Jeremy Brockie just yet.

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