For years now, the Absa Premiership has provided a nail-biting
And for quite some time this season it looked as if
soccer lovers were going to be robbed of what has become their fix season after
season as Mamelodi Sundowns looked to run away with the title.
It would seem the soccer gods were looking
down and smiling, chuckling 'they don't know what we have in store for them'.
All of a sudden, midweek results have made both ends
of the table so, so exciting.
Sundowns who were sitting pretty with a six point gap-
between them and closest challengers, Bidvest Wits, has had that cut to just
four. This after a goalless draw against Ajax Cape Town (the latter should have
won that match given the opportunities they created).
What should be worrying for Sundowns' supporters is
the fact that this was the third time in a row their club had failed to
register a win, after being bundled out of the CAF Champions League by AS Vita
from the DR Congo and then losing 2-0 to Orlando Pirates in the Nedbank Cup
This has in turn given the chasing pack an impression
that the log-leaders are there for the taking and their tight grip to the title
While The Brazilians were being held to a draw, Wits
made hay by beating SuperSport United 2-0, away.
This has in turn made this coming weekend's fixtures -
in which Wits host Chippa United in a 18:00 kick-off on Saturday while Sundowns
host outgoing champions Kaizer Chiefs in a 20:15 kick-off - even more
But it's not only the top that has become exciting,
the bottom is providing its own thrill as clubs fight for survival.
United who have been propping up the league table for long, did themselves a
favour by beating Free State Stars 1-0, away nogal.
The win, took them to within a point of their nearest
competitors, Jomo Cosmos and University of Pretoria who drew 0-0 with
Bloemfontein Celtic and lost 2-1 to Chiefs respectively.
Cosmos' loss and AmaTuks' defeat, left the two sides
on 21 points apiece with the university side above courtesy of a better goal
With a mere three matches to go, Polokwane City on 27
points and Celtic on 28, might have just done enough to stay off the relegation
This scenario, makes Sunday's encounter between Cosmos
and AmaTuks at the Olen Park Stadium, the most juicy of the weekend. Cosmos
would be looking to doing themselves a favour by winning, which would take them
at least three points away from the visitors.
However, under former Bafana Bafana marksman, Shaun
Bartlett, the Pretoria side has shown some signs of revival and one cannot rule
out a shock.
So whoever thought this season would be a walk in the
park for Sundowns and that Maritzburg were already condemned to the drop, has
another think coming following the midweek results.
Here it is to an exciting finish, once more!S’Busiso Mseleku is regarded as one of Africa's leading
sports journalists and an authority on football. He has received some of
the biggest awards in a career spanning well over 20 years. He is
currently City Press Sports Editor.
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