Cape Town - The league title may be wrapped up, but there is still
plenty to play for as the PSL enters its final stretch this week.
Wednesday night and Sunday afternoon will wrap up the 2014/15 league season,
and while Kaizer Chiefs have ensured that they cannot be surpassed at the
summit of the table, there are a few other storylines at play that will unfold
over the next few days.
FIVE things to watch as the PSL concludes:
1. THE RACE FOR
Chiefs have obviously secured their place in the CAF
Champions League next season, but the race for second and a place in Africa’s
premier club competition (should the PSL once again be granted two places by
CAF) is still on. Mamelodi Sundowns (51 points) lead the way ahead of Orlando
Pirates (48) and Wits (46), but all three of these sides are in with a
mathematical chance of securing second spot.
2. THE GOLDEN BOOT
There has at least been an improvement on the 2013/14
season, when Bernard Parker’s 10 league goals were enough to hand him the
Lesley Manyathela trophy. Bloem Celtic’s Lerato Lamola leads the way this term
with 13, but the chasing pack is not far behind.
Top goal scorers in PSL 2014/15:
Lerato Lamola (Bloem Celtic) – 13
Moeketsi Sekola (FS Stars) – 12
Puleng Tlolane (Polokwane) – 11
Cuthbert Malajila (Sundowns) – 10
3. AVOIDING THE DROP
AmaZulu would surely take a play-off spot if it was offered
to them now and are three points adrift at the bottom of the table with two to
play. Moroka Swallows are the other side in immediate danger of going straight
down, but they will be looking to avoid any relegation woes by leapfrogging
Chippa United who sit two points above then in 14th.
4. THE TOP EIGHT
A place in the top eight ensures participation in next
season’s MTN8 – the country’s most lucrative knockout tournament that will see
the eventual champions earn R8million for winning just three matches.
SuperSport United, Maritzburg United, FS Stars and Polokwane currently occupy
positions 7 through 10 and look set to battle it out for the final two spots.
SuperSport failing to qualify would be considered a tragedy.
5. ERIC TINKLER
The Orlando Pirates job is one of the most sought after yet
demanding in South African football. Tinkler has stated that he wants to be
given the reins on a permanent basis, but whether or not that happens could be
largely determined by how he closes out the season. Second place might be
enough to buy him another crack, while fourth could spell the end.
Remaining PSL fixtures
Wednesday (Kick-off at 19:30)
Ajax Cape Town v Moroka Swallows
Kaizer Chiefs v Bidvest Wits
Bloemfontein Celtic v Free State Stars
Maritzburg United v Orlando Pirates
SuperSport United v Mamelodi Sundowns
Black Aces v Chippa United
Platinum Stars v Polokwane City
University of Pretoria v AmaZulu
Sunday (Kick-off at 15:00)
Bidvest Wits v Platinum Stars
Ajax Cape Town v Orlando Pirates
Moroka Swallows v Bloemfontein Celtic
Free State Stars v Black Aces
Sundowns v Tuks
AmaZulu v Maritzburg United
Chippa United v Kaizer Chiefs
Polokwane City v SuperSport United