Tuesday Jul 28, 2015. 14:56
We take a look at where SuperSport United can improve following their showing at the inaugural Cape Town Cup over the past weekend.
The capital side enjoyed a rather low-key off-season before flying to the Mother City to partake in the pre-season tourney.
It was always going to be a test against English Premier League club Crystal Palace, and although there is no shame in conceding a few goals against quality opposition, Gordon Igesund would've been disappointed in the manner his side conceded, more than anything.
The Eagles romped to a 4-0 win, with all four goals coming in the first-half.
Igesund opted to play the centre-back pairing of Bongani Khumalo and new signing Michael Boxall, with now former captain Clayton Daniels shifted to right-back.
Palace ran riot, with Khumalo and Boxall struggling to contain the Eagles' attack. Igesund would also have come to the conclusion that Daniels is wasted at right-back and will be well advised to name the tough-as-teak defender at the heart of the defence - where he belongs.
Matsatsantsa would go on to share the bronze medal following a 1-1 draw with Ajax Cape Town.
The Urban Warriors struck late through skipper Travis Graham with Dumisani Msibi conceding within a few minutes of coming off the bench.
What the goal did expose is the club's lack of shot stoppers - SuperSport do need another goalkeeper to push number one Ronwen Williams following George Chigova's exit from the club.
There is no doubt of Msibi's talent, but he is not near Williams level just yet.
If Igesund can sort out the club's frailty in defence, there is no doubt that they will be able to challenge for the title this season. SuperSport conceded 40 goals in 30 Absa Premiership games (26 more than champions Kaizer Chiefs) last season, notably suffering a 5-2 hammering at home to relegated AmaZulu.
In attack SuperSport look dangerous, with Thuso Phala, Jeremy Brockie, Dove Wome, Kingston Nkhatha and a rejuvenated David Mathebula eager to kick-on where they left off last season.
Isaka Aongor Cernak-Okanya and Ace Bhengu will add even more firepower to to Igesund's side, who are eager to go all the way and win the 2015/2016 Absa Premiership title.