The smart money must be on Sundowns

In this Absa Premiership title race that nobody seemed to really want to take part in, finally a side has assumed control and it is hardly surprising that Pitso Mosimane’s Mamelodi Sundowns have emerged as clear favourites to lift a second league title in three seasons.

Masandawana, indeed, are in danger of quickly turning this into no title race at all, a one-horse show of force from the men in yellow. After a slow start, Mosimane's men have won four and drawn one of their last five league games, surging clear, with games in hand on all of those below them, except SuperSport United.

The smart money must be on Sundowns
The smart money must be on Sundowns

The smart money must be on Sundowns

In this Absa Premiership title race that nobody seemed to really want to take part in, finally a side has assumed control and it is hardly surprising that Pitso Mosimane’s Mamelodi Sundowns have emerged as clear favourites to lift a second league title in three seasons.

Cup action didn’t match the singing

Cup action didn’t match the singing

It was a lovely evening in KwaMashu on Saturday, not too hot by Durban standards and not a breath of wind in the air.
You heard it here: the PSL is rubbish

You heard it here: the PSL is rubbish

No doubt those promoting the Premier Soccer League will tell you the current Absa Premiership log-jam is merely a sign of just how competitive the South African top flight is right now.
Just how long will Chiefs’ patience last?

Just how long will Chiefs’ patience last?

Strangely, there was barely a murmur of discontent at Bidvest Stadium on Saturday afternoon, as Kaizer Chiefs went out of yet another cup competition under the guidance of Steve Komphela.
Shambolic Safa has to take blame

Shambolic Safa has to take blame

And so it is that another Bafana Bafana attempt to qualify for a major tournament has ended in abject failure.
Which Bafana will turn up on Friday?

Which Bafana will turn up on Friday?

Bafana Bafana need to create a sense of déjà vu in Polokwane on Friday night against Senegal if they are to keep alive their hopes of making it to Russia 2018.
Fergie comparison the kiss of death?

Fergie comparison the kiss of death?

When Patrice Motsepe said earlier this month that he wanted Pitso Mosimane to become the Sir Alex Ferguson of Mamelodi Sundowns, did he put some kind of jinx on the Masandawana coach?
Tinkler is worth his weight in gold

Tinkler is worth his weight in gold

On a weekend where the Soweto derby again failed to live up to expectations, it was left to SuperSport United to provide inspiration for South Africa’s football fans.
Defining week for Chiefs’ Komphela

Defining week for Chiefs’ Komphela

There is no doubt that this is a massive week in the season of Kaizer Chiefs and, perhaps more than anyone else involved with Amakhosi, in the season of Steve Komphela.
Bafana allow us to dream once again

Bafana allow us to dream once again

What a difference a month makes. In September, it was hard to find anything positive to say about Bafana Bafana, after two dreadful displays against Cape Verde appeared to leave their 2018 Fifa World Cup dreams in tatters.
Bafana prospects are looking bleak

Bafana prospects are looking bleak

Bafana Bafana head into this weekend’s clash with Burkina Faso with their World Cup 2018 prospects looking bleak and with an injury and suspension list that can only have added to the woes of head coach Stuart Baxter.
No call for Pitso’s men to feel down

No call for Pitso’s men to feel down

Mamelodi Sundowns’ defence of their Caf Champions League title may have ended this weekend, but there is plenty to be proud of for Pitso Mosimane’s men.
Hunt’s champions still in second gear

Hunt’s champions still in second gear

It is hard to get a read on exactly what has gone wrong at Bidvest Wits, in a stuttering start to their Absa Premiership title defence that has seen the Clever Boys yet to register a single win in four league matches.
Fifa replay call is right I’m afraid

Fifa replay call is right I’m afraid

There was widespread indignation last week as Fifa announced that Bafana Bafana’s World Cup qualifying win at home to Senegal last November would have to be replayed.
Coach must carry can after shocker

Coach must carry can after shocker

Bafana Bafana’s capitulation in Cape Verde on Friday night was depressing, but it could hardly be called surprising.
Crucial period for Baxter’s Bafana

Crucial period for Baxter’s Bafana

I had the privilege of being in Cape Verde in June 2005, when Stuart Baxter’s Bafana Bafana pulled off a 2-1 win in Praia in a 2006 World Cup/Africa Cup of Nations qualifier, courtesy of goals from Benni McCarthy and Delron Buckley.
Balancing act for Bafana’s Baxter

Balancing act for Bafana’s Baxter

It must be a hard balance for a Bafana Bafana coach to prescribe to the South African Football Association’s “Vision 2022” yet still pick a side that can achieve results now.
A fiery start, so let’s have some more of it

A fiery start, so let’s have some more of it

I’m afraid my Premier Soccer League season may have already peaked. I made my way to Bidvest Stadium on Friday evening for the MTN8 quarterfinal between Wits and Golden Arrows with a certain amount of trepidation.
Silly season is over, now it’s the real deal

Silly season is over, now it’s the real deal

Pre-season is a frustrating time for the fans. Will your team make all the signings they need? (as a general rule, they never do enough to sate a supporter’s appetite).
Shabby response to tragic FNB events

Shabby response to tragic FNB events

Two people died on Saturday afternoon going to watch a game of football.
We need some fizz to spice up beer cup

We need some fizz to spice up beer cup

One of our loyal readers wrote to us about how in 2004 Irvin Khoza had made a statement about the people having spoken.
Grass isn’t always greener in Europe

Grass isn’t always greener in Europe

In our previous edition the question was posed: so who will it be? And you our dear readers have duly answered. It is Lebogang Manyama.
Bucs signing a step in right direction

Bucs signing a step in right direction

So who will it be? The time has come to vote for your Phakaaathi Player-of-the-Season award, with the chance to win R700 in groceries and R350 in airtime.
Clubs get richer as their players suffer

Clubs get richer as their players suffer

Another worrying story came out of the South African game this weekend, with the Sunday World allegation that Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Bruce Bvuma is earning just R5000-a-month to ply his trade at Amakhosi.
Man-mountain Tyson is the perfect choice

Man-mountain Tyson is the perfect choice

Thulani Hlatshwayo’s nickname, “Tyson,” doesn’t take much working out when you watch the Bidvest Wits defender on the field of play.
Buying statuses is not playing the game

Buying statuses is not playing the game

As romantic as Cape Town City’s season has been, there is still one small gripe, for me, with a club that has burst so impressively onto the scene, capturing the Telkom Knockout and finishing third in the Absa Premiership in its fledgling season in the top flight

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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