Mamelodi Sundowns: GOAL's 22-23 Season Preview

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GOAL brings you an in-depth analysis of Mamelodi Sundowns' prospects for the new season.

Unlike many of the other clubs in the PSL, the Tshwane giants have been fairly quiet during the off-season. But that's probably because their squad is already so strong.

Read on for GOAL's breakdown on Sundowns' chances in 2022/23:

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    Unbreakable?

    Mamelodi Sundowns have dominated South African football for nearly a decade now and unfortunately for long-term rivals such as Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates, that does not seem set to change any time soon.

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    Story of last season

    Downs were treble winners in 2021/22, winning the league, the Nedbank Cup and the MTN8. They fell at the quarter-final stage in the Caf Champions League.

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    Transfer activity

    Downs have not gone overboard in the market, and such is their strength, that they don't need to.

    The likes of Ronwen Williams, Marcelo Allende and Sipho Mbule appear excellent signings. Erwin Saavedra, signed in the middle of last season, will also be like a new signing as he was injured just after arriving.

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    Reasons for optimism

    The coaching staff and the squad remains largely unchanged - no major players have left, which means the Brazilians can hit the ground running. There will be no teething issues and the new signings look good as well.

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    Reasons for pessimism

    Nothing major. The Sundowns technical team's biggest challenge is going to be to keep the entire squad happy - with so many quality players available, there may be some who struggle for game-time and that can potentially lead to unease within the squad.

    In Africa, Masandawana seem to have lost a bit of their swagger and need to find a way to believe they're able to compete with the very best in the Caf Champions League.

  • Manqoba Mngqithi, Mamelodi Sundowns, March 2022Backpagepix

    GOAL's prediction for 22-23

    It would be a massive surprise if Downs did not win the league for a sixth consecutive time - there simply is not enough competition for them at the moment. They could well pick up some domestic silverware as well, and there's no reason why they can't possibly go all the way in Africa too.