Sibusiso Mbonani: Polokwane City have improved this season
Posted: 18 May 2016 Time: 10:01
Polokwane City centre-back Sibusiso Mbonani feels the side have tightened their defence this season but concedes there is still room for improvement.
Rise and Shine shipped a mammoth 60 goals last term, the most by far in 2014/15. Moroka Swallows were the next worst on 47 and suffered relegation, a fate repeated this campaign.
City have improved on this aspect under coach Julio Leal, having conceded 43 goals with one match left in 2015/16. However, relegation-threatened Maritzburg United are the only outfit that has let in more goals (52).
City were also the fourth highest scorer last season with 42 goals, while they only have 30 now - the fifth lowest in the league.
"I think this season we did better in comparison to the former season but if we work hard more on our defence I'll be happy, and we need to also work more as a team when it comes to the latter. And there's no doubt that next season we will be in the top eight," Mbonani told the club's website.
Mbonani is naturally relieved the team, currently lying 13th on the Absa Premiership table, have survived the chop.
"I'm ecstatic that we survived relegation but this now means that we have to work even harder in the upcoming season and we need to collect points very early because fighting relagation is an uncomfortable feeling, especially for me because this is my first season with the team."
Leal's men will end their season against Bloemfontein Celtic at Dr Molemela Stadium on Saturday (kick-off: 15h00).