A draw at Golden Arrows helped triple defending champions Mamelodi Sundowns end the year on top of the PSL.
Masandawana produced a much changed lineup which saw in-form Themba Zwane and attacking partner Kermit Erasmus rested.
Mothobi Mvala scored on debut in the 1-1 draw. Mvala started as did Grant Margeman and Promise Mkhuma while Ivorian defender Bangaly Soumahoro was handed just his second appearance in three seasons.
“Mvala did his best. He has got a lot to offer the team. Scoring a goal from a set-piece on his debut should be encouraging for him,” co-coach Rhulani Mokwena said after the game.
“Grant did his best. Of course maybe not in the best position or position we would like to see him play going forward into the season but he did his best and this is what we want. We want a lot of effort, the right mentality and he has the right quality. With better conditions and a little more game time, we will see the best of Grant Margeman. He has a lot of potential.
“We have a lot of depth in the team. We are blessed to have it. The first thing we spoke about at the beginning of the season was that we don’t want too many players.
“And because you don’t want too many players you then get into a situation where everybody has to be part of the team and feel like they are part of the team making a contribution. You can see everybody is getting a chance.
“It’s not just depth in terms of quantity but there are a lot of possibilities to try new things and it gives different players opportunities to make sure that they give their best to play and compete for their chance in the team.”
Sundowns are next in action on 2 January against Orlando Pirates.