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The In­cum­bent: Te­bogo Langer­man (32 years old)

Since fol­low­ing a fa­mil­iar path of be­ing con­verted from a winger into a ram­pag­ing full­back, Langer­man has been a very con­sis­tent per­former for Sun­downs, play­ing 21 or more league matches in each of the last four sea­sons. He has al­ready seen off com­pe­ti­tion from Mzikayise Mashaba and Fares Hachi in re­cent sea­sons, but now faces a new chal­lenge from Lyle Lakay, an­other one of Mosi­mane’s fa­mous winger-to-full­back con­ver­sions, and a player about to hit his peak. With Langer­man turn­ing 33 by the end of the cur­rent sea­son and, cru­cially, suf­fer­ing some in­con­sis­tent form in re­cent months, he may not have long left as first choice.

The Suc­ces­sor: Lyle Lakay (27 years old)

Ini­tially, Lakay went on trial at Sun­downs in Novem­ber 2013 to try to earn a move from Bloem­fontein Celtic. He was used at left back dur­ing those cou­ple of weeks, but the club de­cided against sign­ing him. Now, nearly five years later, he is at Chloorkop and has found him­self con­verted from a winger to left back. Lakay has started four games this sea­son in de­fence, im­press­ing against Chiefs and Cape Town City in par­tic­u­lar, but has since lost his spot. His en­ergy, ex­cel­lent cross­ing and drib­bling will suit the role well, but Langer­man has bet­ter po­si­tional aware­ness and is bet­ter at deal­ing with ae­rial du­els at the back post. Ver­dict: It seems just a mat­ter of

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