The standard has not improved that much, but the
frills and thrills happening on and off the field, have made this a very
exciting PSL season.
Let's start at the bottom.
After enjoying their best
season ever, Maritzburg United have been stuck at the bottom since the
beginning of the current one.
Well, this is thanks to Kaizer Chiefs who came
knocking at Steve Komphela's door following a very successful run with the Team
All the coaches
that have been brought in since, from Mandla Ncikazi who was Komphela's assistant
to current Ernst Middendorp, have failed to recapture the magic brought by the
Maritzburg got only their second win of the season
this past weekend, beating neighbours Lamontville Golden Arrows 2-0.
They remain every punters' favourite for relegation
come the end of the season.
On the other end, Komphela has failed to carry his
magic to his new employers, Kaizer Chiefs.
Things have gone so pear-shaped with the defending
league champions failing to defend their MTN8 title (losing 1-0 to Ajax Cape
Town in the final), going on to lose the Telkom Cup final to Mamelodi Sundowns
and last week they were bundled out of the Nedbank Cup in the Last 32 stage by the archrivals Orlando
Things look bleak as they trail Sundowns by a huge 13-point margin with
chances of defending the title fading with every game, especially after their midweek 2-0
loss to Platinum Stars.
To add insult to injury, they went down 1-0 to the
visiting Asec Mimosas of Ivory Coast in
the African Champions League second round match this past Saturday. They still have to travel to
West Africa for the return leg.
For a club that is used to finishing each season with
at least one or two pieces of silverware, this is shaping out to be one of
those disastrous seasons where they end up empty-handed.
Kaizer Motaung is one of those club bosses known for
sticking with their decisions, but I wonder whether he is not
regretting appointing Komphela.
Another club whose decision has come back to bite them
in the most tender part of the anatomy is Bloemfontein Celtic.
They got rid of Clinton Larsen when he refused to be forced to take an assistant that he was
not prepared to work with.
The club was sixth on the log then and Serame Letsoaka
has failed to win a single game since taking over the reins and the club is
down at 12th now.
Since then, there has been so many problems, with the
clubs' supporters who are among the most loyal and vocal, boycotting the club
at some stage.
Thankfully, the issues between management and
supporters have been sorted out, but the club still can't conjure up a win as
they lost 2-1 to Free State Stars in the Free State derby on Sunday.
Mpumalanga Black Aces, who mounted a serious challenge
for the league earlier on, have become inconsistent, dropping points they
should have collected and now seem to be out of the title race.
The only club that remains that can still topple
Sundowns, is Bidvest Wits. They have been stable.
Pirates have picked up the pieces and have been
steadily climbing from the lower rungs of the league to the top half. Their
latest was 5-0 walloping of troubled Jomo Cosmos.
Well, while the quality cannot be said to be top, it
is turning out to be an exciting season with twists and turns week in and week
out.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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