24.7.2018 11:48 am
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.
Tau, Brighton have already confirmed, will not be staying in the English Premier League this coming season, with Saint Gilloise, a club also owned by Brighton chairman Tony Bloom, touted as a likely destination for the 24 year-old attacking star.
Siyanda Xulu’s rise from bench-warmer at Kaizer Chiefs to Bafana Bafana captain is a transformation to put a smile on the face of all but the most cold-hearted of football supporters.
Basking in the glory of a Nedbank Cup triumph, Free State Stars coach Luc Eymael still couldn’t resist a little dig at Kaizer Chiefs’ departed leader Steve Komphela.
While a friendly between Mamelodi Sundowns and Barcelona should be a brilliant spectacle, the Premier Soccer League have shown mind-boggling double-standards in letting it go ahead.
It was a sickening day for South African football on Saturday, as supporters raged in the aftermath of Kaizer Chiefs’ Nedbank Cup exit at the hands of Free State Stars at Moses Mabhida Stadium.
And then there were two. Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates are now officially the only sides that can win this season’s Absa Premiership, with the Buccaneers’ victory at AmaZulu on Sunday at least keeping some sort of pressure on Pitso Mosimane’s Masandawana.
“Stoke is a “s**thole,” we want to go home”. We are on a bus with a group of Tottenham Hotspur fans, making our way to the bet365 Stadium in Stoke-on-Trent, and they are singing out their feelings about this small city in the English Midlands.
Fadlu Davids’ remarkable season so far with Maritzburg United gives credence to the belief that more and more young coaches deserve a chance in South African football.
There is some irony in the fact that in the past seven days or so Bafana Bafana have finally had some success in an international competition, but nobody, barring those at the Four Nations tournament in Zambia, was able to see it.
In terms of staggering acts of total incompetence, the South African Football Association (Safa) have racked up so many over the years, it can hardly be too much of a surprise when another one comes around the corner, pricking up its farcical ears for all to see.
The magic of a tournament like the Nedbank Cup is all about the opportunities it gives the lower league teams to take on the so-called giants of the Absa Premiership.
Finally, on Saturday at the FNB Stadium, after what has felt like an eternity, we had a Soweto derby that lived up to the hype.
Another Soweto derby is nearly upon us, with Saturday’s Absa Premiership clash between Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs carrying more intrigue than usual, given that both sides are well in the title race this season.
Orlando Pirates’ Milutin Sredojevic deservedly won his Absa Premiership Coach-of-the-Month award for January on Monday, but there is another coach who is my early candidate for Coach-of-the-Season, even if he cannot ultimately guide his team to a miraculous league title success.
Kaizer Chiefs’ search for a prolific goalscorer to come flying through the doors at Naturena has been long and largely fruitless during the trophy-less reign of Steve Komphela.