22.1.2020 03:27 pm
What SuperSport United usually do against the big teams, and why they have come to be known as giant-killers, is that they take the game to their opponents and press high up the pitch.
In Sunday's Tshwane derby defeat to Mamelodi Sundowns, however, they were a bit cautious. I don't know if it was because in the previous league game against Sundowns they had lost 2-0, so they decided to change their tactics, but maybe it played in Sundowns' favour.
I’ve always known that acquiring the services of Gabadinho Mhango will be key for Orlando Pirates and their previous game against Polokwane City proved it.
Ernst Middendorp has always said he has enough experience in the game to know how to deal with situations and I think the situation his team are in currently will be a real test of not only his capabilities but his character as well.
In a weekend where one South African football bad boy had his contract terminated by one of the biggest clubs on the continent, one was given a second chance by a Glad African Championship side.
Never-mind the result of the final game last year, the next couple of weeks will give us light on whether Josef Zinnbauer is the right man for the job at Orlando Pirates or not.
It seems Kaizer Chiefs’ early lead in the Absa Premiership is just what the doctor ordered for us as supporters, but it might come back to haunt the Amakhosi faithful in the end.
I know football is a global language, but I’m concerned whether Orlando Pirates’ new coach Josef Zinnbauer is the right man to lead the team back to the happy days.
Right now there is no better player in the whole of the Premier Soccer League than Gaston Sirino but the Mamelodi Sundowns star’s short fuse will sadly eclipse his great talent and people will see him as a bad-tempered player rather than the star that he is.
With the January transfer window fast approaching, there is little, on the face of it, for Kaizer Chiefs to do to improve a squad that is already nine points clear at the top of the Absa Premiership.
I thought Mamelodi Sundowns started slowly in the Telkom Knockout final, just as they had done in their midweek Absa Premiership win over Mamelodi Sundowns. At half time, they changed it a bit, and you saw a different side, that ultimately won the cup.
With all due respect to Kaizer Chiefs, who have started this season like a tornado, threatening to rip through the rest of the country and seal the Absa Premiership title in record time, as a year, 2019 now officially belongs to Mamelodi Sundowns, following their success in Saturday’s Telkom Knockout final.
I think as football people and people who are passionate about the game, we have to be honest with ourselves, Rulani Mokwena’s tenure as Orlando Pirates head coach on an interim basis had to be cut short.
Kaizer Chiefs against Bloemfontein Celtic on Saturday night looked like a bit of a basketball match!
Stuart Who? was a rather unpleasant newspaper headline reserved for Stuart Baxter when he was first appointed Bafana Bafana head coach in 2004.
If someone watched Absa Premiership games for the first time this past weekend they would easily place the Absa Premiership in the top five of the world’s best leagues in the world.