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Football | Football Features

Edward Manqele © Gallo Images

Absa Premiership team of the month



The race for the Absa Premiership title is now in full swing. There were a few surprises but, while others are struggling to find their feet, SuperSport United appear to have come out of the blocks firing on all cylinders.

As part of our improved coverage for the Absa Premiership, we introduce a new feature – the team of the month. This is not the official team and should not be confused with other initiatives by the league and their sponsors.

So, with August well behind us, supersport.com’s Football Desk looks at the movers and shakers who made a difference in their teams. Our selection was only limited to league performance and was also based on a standard 4-4-2 formation.

Goalkeeper:

It was a tough call between Ronwen Williams and Moeneeb Josephs but, at the end of the dayl, it came down to the youthful Williams. Yes, he conceded two goals in the process and naturally you would expect the number of clean sheets, to be key. However, we had to look at the overall performance and the magnitude of matches played.

Williams had a wobbly start against Free State Stars but he regained his composure to produce some inspiring displays against University of Pretoria and Kaizer Chiefs.

Defence:

Bryce Moon

The former Bafana Bafana full-back seems to have found a new lease on life under coach Pitso Mosimane at Mamelodi Sundowns. He had a blinder when Sundowns thrashed Bloemfontein Celtic 3-1. His daunting runs on the line gave Sundowns some width and added numbers in the box.

Aljie Schut

The Mamelodi Sundowns captain has been a pillar of strength in the heart of the Brazilians’ defence. He commands the area well and although his pace is suspect he makes up for that with his great ability to read the game. The experience he gathered at FC Utrecht in Holland, where he played 191 games, is showing in the way he wins most aerial battles.

Thabo September

Two goals in three matches is all that SuperSport United have conceded so far in this campaign and credit must go to September for his great defensive work. The defender, who has spent seasons at Matsantsantsa, has shown his maturity with the way he commands the last line of defence. He combines well with Mor Diouf in the heart of the United defence.

Tebogo Langerman

One would be forgiven for thinking Langerman is actually a winger. The way he pushes forward gives Sundowns more options and numbers in attack. Like Bryce Moon, he also commands the touch line with confidence and keeps his opposing full-backs on the back foot. He also crosses the ball well, which makes Dove Wome much more dangerous with his aerial strength.

Midfield

Lerato Chabangu

The Bafana Bafana midfielder continues to impress game by game and has established himself as a key figure in the middle of the park for Moroka Swallows. Despite being good going forward in this campaign so far, he has shown that he can defend too. His goal against Kaizer Chiefs rubber stamped his current sublime form for the Birds.

Robert Ng’ambi

The Platinum Stars man seems to be carrying on from where he left off at the end of last season. His form is the reason why Dikwena still remain one of the dangerous teams in the league. Ng’ambi’s sublime form sees him among the top scorers with two goals already in three outings.

Siphiwe Tshabalala

Shabba has been outstanding for Kaizer Chiefs in his new role behind the strikers. He harasses defenders with his nimble foot and feeds Knowledge Musona with some great passes. Unfortunately the striker is yet to finish any of them. Tshabalala is yet to score a goal in this campaign but he has been the driver of the Chiefs engine going forward.

Luyolo Nomandela

The Free State Stars winger dazzles defenders with his skills and mesmerises fans on the stands with the ‘shibobo’ football that South Africa is known for. He already has one goal to his name in this campaign and it was the opener in the Free State derby against Bloemfontein Celtic. He had a terrific game on that day and seem to be Stars’ key man for this season, as long as he stays injury free.

Forwards

Dove Wome

The Togolese striker has been key to Mamelodi Sundowns’ assault on the log table. Two goals in three outings is a good strike rate considering he is still new at the club and still getting to know his new teammates. His pace and power makes him one of the defenders’ nightmare in the league at the moment.

Edward Manqele

Deemed surplus to requirements at Sundowns, who loaned him to Morka Swallows, Manqele seems to be bouncing back to his very best form. He played two games off the bench and when he started he bagged a hat-trick against Mpumalanga Black Aces. His second goal in that match would probably be a contender for the goal of the season. What a great volley that was to announce his return. His off-the-ball runs make Swallows a dangerous team as he creates space for other players to score goals too.

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