Big concern over Bafana defenders

Stuart Baxter must hope his Bidvest Wits Bafana Bafana defenders show their international form, and not their current club form if and when they take to the field for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Libya in Sfax, Tunisia on March 24.

Buhle Mkhwanazi, Thulani Hlatshwayo and Sifiso Hlanti have formed a key part of a Bafana Bafana defence that has conceded just once in the process of qualifying for Egypt 2019, but the three had their own coach at the Clever Boys, Gavin Hunt, bemused as to a capitulation by Wits in a recent 3-2 loss at home to Cape Town City.

Big concern over Bafana defenders
Big concern over Bafana defenders

Big concern over Bafana defenders

Stuart Baxter must hope his Bidvest Wits Bafana Bafana defenders show their international form, and not their current club form if and when they take to the field for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Libya in Sfax, Tunisia on March 24.

Don’t look Benni’s gift horse in mouth

Don’t look Benni’s gift horse in mouth

McCarthy’s continuous ruling out of his own side as title challengers reminds me a bit of Jose Mourinho, when he referred to Chelsea as a “little horse” in the race for the 2013/14 English Premier League title with Manchester City and Liverpool.
A make-or-break week in title race

A make-or-break week in title race

This could be a pivotal week in the race for the Absa Premiership, with Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates both involved in midweek action, before Saturday’s showdown sees a meeting of Masandawana and table-topping Bidvest Wits, while the Buccaneers are at home to AmaZulu.
Expected fireworks were a damp squib

Expected fireworks were a damp squib

The atmosphere at Saturday’s Soweto derby was scintillating, the sun was shining gloriously, and it was all set up to be a cracker of a match too.
Window is shut, so we can calm down

Window is shut, so we can calm down

So who won the Premier Soccer League January transfer window?
Domestic cups are becoming dinosaurs

Domestic cups are becoming dinosaurs

With Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates both crashing out of the Nedbank Cup over the weekend, there is an argument that both might just be better off, with the Absa Premiership title and the Caf Champions League to fight for.
Chiefs again flatter to deceive in Africa

Chiefs again flatter to deceive in Africa

Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates as the standard- bearers for South Africa on the continent is becoming a theme, and it has to be an embarrassment of sorts for Kaizer Chiefs.
Masinga’s memories will truly last forever

Masinga’s memories will truly last forever

Phil Masinga left an indelible mark on the game in this country, indeed all over the world, emphasised by the tributes that have been pouring in from across the globe since his untimely passing on Sunday morning.
Pizarro a welcome visitor to our shores

Pizarro a welcome visitor to our shores

After almost 20 years covering the Premier Soccer League and Bafana Bafana it is all too easy to get a bit cynical about the game in SA.
SA football winds down, looks ahead

SA football winds down, looks ahead

And so, another year in South African football is nearly over, with just a smattering of Absa Premiership matches and continental club clashes left to play, before we can all take a brief festive break.
Ernst back as Chiefs swallow their pride

Ernst back as Chiefs swallow their pride

Back in March 2007, I spoke to Ernst Middendorp at the Park Hyatt Hotel in Rosebank, just after he had been sacked by Kaizer Chiefs.
Despite sad loss, Banyana still feted

Despite sad loss, Banyana still feted

Fans packed into the airport to cheer on Desiree Ellis and her charges, after they returned having secured a place at a World Cup finals for the first time ever.
Egg on face for Baxter if Bafana fail

Egg on face for Baxter if Bafana fail

And so it goes down to the wire. Bafana Bafana will face Libya, probably somewhere in North Africa in March, needing a win or a draw to advance to the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.
It is Bafana’s time to deliver the goods

It is Bafana’s time to deliver the goods

Too often these days, the week leading up to an international match involving Bafana Bafana is actually more fun than the on-day event. Hope, that old beast, is thick in the air, the chance the national team might just live up to – nay – even exceed expectations.
Serero: Baxter to forgive and forget

Serero: Baxter to forgive and forget

Based purely on his ability, Thulani Serero’s recall to the Bafana Bafana squad for the vital upcoming clash with Nigeria has to be welcomed.
Chiefs and Pirates fans’ brotherhood

Chiefs and Pirates fans’ brotherhood

It was pointed out to me on Saturday afternoon, as I sat enjoying the Soweto derby, that there probably isn’t another derby in the world where the fans of both sides mix as they do at FNB Stadium.
Too tough to call in big Soweto derby

Too tough to call in big Soweto derby

The first official Soweto derby of the season is almost upon us, and is intriguingly poised, with it hard to tell exactly which way the seasons of both Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs are going at the moment.
Seychelles should be whipping boys

Seychelles should be whipping boys

Safe to say there can be no excuses left for Stuart Baxter if his side do not get six points out of six in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against the Seychelles, at FNB Stadium on Saturday, and in the island nation next Tuesday.
Simply no time for cup final hangovers

Simply no time for cup final hangovers

This game rarely gives you long to enjoy the spoils of victory, but just a couple of days is short by anyone’s standard.
Wafa wafa title beckons Tembo

Wafa wafa title beckons Tembo

It is hard to know exactly how much credit to give a new head coach when sides get off to excellent starts to a season.
Billiat signing was a stroke of genius

Billiat signing was a stroke of genius

Khama Billiat showed again this weekend why he is probably the most valuable player in the whole of the Premier Soccer League.
Does the Libya coach want Stuart Baxter’s job?

Does the Libya coach want Stuart Baxter’s job?

After another in a long line of letdowns from an increasingly lengthy Bafana Bafana catalogue of calamity on Saturday evening, it was left to Libya’s coach Adel Amrouche, slightly bizarrely, to play cheerleader for South African football.
Your weekly read has just got better

Your weekly read has just got better

Hello and welcome to a new-look Phakaaathi. We’ve made some tweaks to your favourite football supplement to bring you a host of new and improved content.
Your favourite read is getting even better

Your favourite read is getting even better

200 not out. That’s an impressive total for any batsman in the game of cricket, and we think it’s a pretty stunning effort for a football supplement too!
Scoring goals really isn’t rocket science

Scoring goals really isn’t rocket science

I guess it is easy to say this in hindsight, but maybe Orlando Pirates should have just kept quiet about hiring a “finishing” coach ahead of the 2018/19 campaign.
Goals, bums on seats very promising start

Goals, bums on seats very promising start

We have just come from another exciting weekend which gave us some goose bump moments and left some sad while others rejoice with a hope that their trophy drought may end.

 

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