Absa Premiership title race is reaching fever-pitch before the Christmas break.
I know, some will say, it’s too early as there are still more than a half the
games to go before the league culminates.
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with some clubs having played just over 10 games, it is interesting that the usual suspects Mamelodi Sundowns, Kaizer Chiefs and Moroka Swallows are already
occupying the top part of the log.
Stars who came second in the league last season, are third. They continue with
their rich vein of form that has seen them lift the MTN8 Cup trophy and are in
the Telkom KO Cup final where they face Orlando Pirates on Saturday evening.
are signs of consistent club, despite losing coach Cavin Johnson who joined
SuperSport United at the beginning of this season. In their wisdom, the club’s
management appointed Allan Freese who was part of the technical team and so far
the move seems to have been a stroke of genius.
in the top four is Orlando Pirates but there is a good reason for that; they
have only played five matches. This is due to their engagement in the
Confederation of African Football (CAF) Champions League.
They currently prop up the table and have
become a butt of jokes from the opposite sides’ supporters. The Pirates
die-hards – known as The Ghost - though can be east bothered as they continuously
point out that they have played fewer games than everybody else.
however has not stopped, more especially Chiefs supporters from throwing back
that old adage of how a bird in hand is worth two more in the bush.
is the interesting and exciting football banter.
past weekend’s 2-0 away win by Chiefs have cost yet another coach his job.
Komphela was fired after Free State Stars suffered their fifth league defeat of
the season. They have only won three matches out of 11. Management said their
decision to get rid of the coach was based on the club’s overall performance,
including the MTN8 and the Telkom.
the league title race is exciting and interesting, the crowds continue to
dwindle though. The rows and rows of empty seats during Sunday’s league
encounter between Sundowns and Swallows at the Loftus Stadium were a sight for
– or is it fortunately – the reason is not very difficult to decipher.
match was played at the same time with the English Premier League Tottenham
Hotspur/Manchester United clash. Switching between the two channels that
carried the two matches live, the contrast was too stark.
the level of the two games, the vibe created by a packed White Hart Lane and as
the few blaring vuvuzela’s at Loftus, was quite noticeable.
football authorities need to do something drastic to draw more crowds back into
is a big challenge for the PSL to ensure that clubs draw more people to their
games or their product would soon become unattractive for television
broadcasters and thus affect the level o sponsorship.
also need to do their bit in both attracting players of a high quality into
Thulani Serero – who scored a cracker against Barcelona in the Champions
League last week in a man of the match performance that earned his club Ajax
Amsterdam a historic 2-1 victory over Barcelona – and Steve Pienaar of Everton,
are doing well for their respective clubs, and are signs that there is talent
in this country.
that PSL clubs need to do, is find it and nurture it.
such good talent, with a sprinkling of good foreign talent - with an emphasis on
good – can only improve the standard of our soccer and thus attract more
is high time that PSL club bosses got off their butts, marketed their clubs
vigorously and stopped relying solely on the R1.5 million monthly grants and
devised more ways of generating income, including attracting more spectators.
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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