Igesund looking to bolster defence

Premiership

The former Bafana Bafana coach led the Pretoria side to a sixth place finish in the League last season, yet shipped 40 goals in the process – something which their manager wishes to improve upon.

“I want to strengthen up defensively – not that I am unhappy with my defence, but I do want to strengthen as we conceded a lot of goals last season, and I want to make sure that does not happen again,” Igesund tells KickOff.com.

“We have a very offensive team, and I want to tighten up the back a little bit.”

The Matsatsantsa tactician is hoping to build a competitive squad that will fight for positions on a regular basis.

“I want to have a competitive team where the players are fighting against each other for a place in the team,” he says. “I don’t want to have any automatic choices – I’ll have a squad of about 26 players or so, and I want each and every one of them to be able to play in the team on a regular basis and fight for positions, and keep each other on their toes.

“I think this will add to the good environment of the team and good work ethic amongst the players – this is what I demand from my players.”

Joining last season’s striking sensation Jeremy Brockie is fellow New Zealand compatriot Michael Boxall, yet Igesund insists everyone will need to fight for a place in his side, even the Kiwi internationals.

“When players get too comfortable in a certain position, they don’t always give their best and I want to make sure I keep that competition up within the team,” he says. “So every player, Brockie and Boxall included, will have to fight for places like everybody else in the squad.

“I think that’s what is very important – that we have a very competitive squad; that players, when they look over their shoulders, know there’s a player right behind them that is able to play in this team and compete.”

SuperSport, who returned for preseason training this week, get their 2015/16 League campaign underway against Soweto giants Orlando Pirates.

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