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The In­cum­bent: Anele Ng­con­gca (31 years old)

Af­ter the de­par­ture of cap­tain Ramahlwe Mphahlele to Chiefs for a bet­ter salary, Sun­downs signed two right back op­tions in Anele Ng­con­gca and winger Thapelo Morena, whom Mosi­mane had de­cided to con­vert into a right back. The ex-Genk man’s first sea­son at the club was a dis­as­ter as he suf­fered in­juries and only man­aged six league starts. His sec­ond sea­son con­tin­ued in the same vein, un­til a strong end to the cam­paign. This sea­son, he started strongly and was used for his de­fen­sive strength in many games ahead of Morena. How­ever, time does seem to be run­ning out for the exBafana Bafana de­fender.

The Suc­ces­sor: Thapelo Morena (25 years old)

Morena started 26 games in the league in his first sea­son (20 at right back) and has played very reg­u­larly since, so he is ar­guably al­ready the in­cum­bent, but ‘Jin­gles’ still ap­pears to pre­fer Ng­con­gca in the big games and in CAF com­pe­ti­tion. The lat­ter brings ex­tra height and ex­pe­ri­ence, as well as a more con­ser­va­tive ap­proach – this sees Morena ei­ther benched or used fur­ther for­ward as a de­fen­sive winger. With Morena still just 25 years old, he is set to make this po­si­tion his own for at least the next five years.

Ver­dict: Sun­downs have two ex­cel­lent op­tions at right back, with one a ma­jor at­tack­ing weapon and the other a strong de­fen­sive player for tougher op­po­nents. How­ever, when Morena is out in­jured (like against Wits re­cently), Sun­downs find them­selves lack­ing width on that flank, so it would not be a sur­prise to see an­other at­tack­ing right back ar­rive to pro­vide com­pe­ti­tion to Morena. Cape Town City’s Craig Martin has been linked to the club and, if he joins, could fol­low a sim­i­lar path in be­ing con­verted from a winger into a right back.

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