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.

While Masandawana and the Buccaneers continue to make impressive progress in the Caf Champions League, Amakhosi were dumped out of the Caf Confederation Cup on the weekend by Zesco United of Zambia. Zesco are a potent side, and gave Sundowns a tough time in the Champions League semifinals as recently as 2016, but a team of Chiefs' resources should really be putting up more of a fight than capitulating 5-2 on aggregate.

Chiefs again flatter to deceive in Africa
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.
Let’s hope it rains goals all season long

Let’s hope it rains goals all season long

With 15 goals scored on the opening weekend of the Absa Premiership one becomes hopeful that we will at least have a top goal scorer who will have netted more than 15 times this season.
It’s about time the new season starts

It’s about time the new season starts

A lot of fans can hardly wait now for the start of the new season which promises to be the best we have ever had.
Percy Tau move a win-win situation

Percy Tau move a win-win situation

Percy Tau’s move to Brighton and Hove Albion has to be good news for South African football, even if, as expected, the 24 year-old ends up playing next season in the second tier of Belgian football.
Time to do it all again for Downs

Time to do it all again for Downs

No sooner has the football finished, than it begins again.
Semifinal crunch is too close to call

Semifinal crunch is too close to call

And then there were four. France, Belgium, England or Croatia will lift the 2018 Fifa World Cup on Sunday evening, at the end of what has been an enthralling tournament, full of surprises and entertaining football.
Utter shambles of their own making

Utter shambles of their own making

The shambles that is the curious case of Ajax Cape Town and Tendai Ndoro took another twist yesterday as a Judge Denise Fisher overturned Advocate William Mokhari’s decision to relegate the club to the National First Division.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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