is utterly ridiculous that there could even be speculation that Kaizer Chiefs
coach Vladimir Vermezovic’s job was supposedly under threat if he did not win
have had the best start to any league season since he joined three years ago.
because they had looked slovenly in the MTN8 final and were then unfortunate to
lose away at Ajax Cape Town, there was suddenly a supposed crisis.
was all fiction of course, the product of the chattering classes and
has had the last laugh with a 2-1 win on Saturday that now has Chiefs at the
top of the league standings with four wins out of five.
become, therefore, the team to beat but already all the inconsistency and foibles
of the last season are resurfacing.
has been marked that over the last years the league really has been a topsy
turvy ride with no team really able to impose themselves in a single season.
looks as if that pattern will again repeat itself.
we have seen Orlando Pirates, Mamelodi Sundowns and SuperSport United lose
their stride and Ajax Cape Town drop needless points at the start of the
campaign before lifting themselves up to rejoin the leaders.
is evident that it is from these five sides that the PSL champions will come
this season. Bloemfontein Celtic do not have the depth and Wits will cause a
shock or two and are a future contender in the making. But not just yet.
it is all down to the depth of the squads and in this department Chiefs and
Ajax fall a bit short.
for a change, did some good pre-season purchasing but their bench probably
still needs reinforcing come the January transfer window. Sundowns, Pirates and
SuperSport have the requisite talent, their challenge is now managing it
properly and keeping them all motivated and fresh.
is a most difficult exercise as Johan Neeskens found out on Sunday when he
rotated key positions and saw his Sundowns side lose in the last minute to Ajax
patently need to strength their attack but this has been a problem for a while.
They could argue last season they overcame it and won the league but they will
not be as fortunate this time.
Ndulula and Ndumiso Mabena, for all their youthful talent, are not capable of
providing a steady stream of goals and who knows how many games Benni McCarthy
will manage to play this season.
have already been hit by an injury toll– both John Arwuah and Sibusiso Zuma are
out for a long time and Antony Laffor and Glen Salmon battling in the short
term. Yet they still have plenty of quality in their outfit.
should have hammered Jomo Cosmos on Saturday night but ended up drawing the
game. Such slip-ups might yet come back to haunt them later on when the season
reaches its climax. Mark Gleeson is a respected television commentator and Editorial Director of Mzanzi Football.
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