Cape Town - A compact weekend of Telkom Knockout and Premier League action.
Here is Sport24's round up of the best team, player, game, goal and moment of the week.
Tashreeq Vardien's choices:
PLAYER OF THE WEEK - RENEILWE LETSHOLONYANE
Old legs... What old legs? Reneilwe Letsholonyane inspired SuperSport United to a 6-1 Absa Premiership win over Soweto giants Orlando Pirates and was given his due with the man-of-the-match accolade at the end of the 90-minutes. Days later, the 34-year-old was locked in a fierce midfield battle against Mamelodi Sundowns after Stuart Baxter’s charges went down to 10-men following the sending off of Onismor Bhasera.
However, 'Yeye' was once again instrumental in orchestrating a historical victory over their Tshwane rivals in the Telkom Knockout clash. The former Kaizer Chiefs veteran capped off the week with a second man-of-the-match award after the quarter-final clash.
GAME OF THE WEEK - BAROKA FC v CAPE TOWN CITY
As we always criticise the PSL for lacking goals, seven goals was scored in both the SuperSport-Pirates and Baroka-City fixtures.
However, Baroka’s attitude against City proved that they won’t go down without a fight despite Eric Tinkler’s charges getting the better of the PSL minnows in the Telkom Knockout quarter-final clash. City found themselves 2-0 up courtesy of Lehlohonolo Majoro and Bongolethu Jayiya in the opening 30-minutes of the game.
Minutes before the half-time break, Albert Mothupa struck home a header to give the hosts a fighting chance. In the second stanza, Baroka continued where they left off and levelled matters before the hour-mark through Jacky Motshegwa.
It was anyone’s game after that as both sides went for the victory. City thought they won the game when Given Mashikinya hit the back of the net with a free-kick, only for Mzwanele Mahashe to equalise in the 93rd minute to take matters into extra-time.
Sibusiso Masina assured City went through to the next round with a 115th minute goal after a clinical finish. The match ended 4-3.
Baden Gillion's choices:
GOAL OF THE WEEK - PAUL POGBA
Paul Pogba silenced his critics with this world class goal against Swansea City at the Liberty Life Stadium on Sunday. The French midfielder hit a rasping volley from the edge of the area into the top corner of Lukas Fabianski’s goal that left the goalkeeper with no option but to admire the strike. After the ball broke to the 23-year-old following a clearance by the Swansea defence, the ball took one bounce before Pogba unleashed this stunning drive:
TEAM OF THE WEEK - LIVERPOOL
Liverpool pip Chelsea to this accolade after blitzing Watford by six goals to one in a totally dominating display which showcased the pure athleticism and fitness levels of Jurgen Klopp’s side. The German manager has to rightly get some recognition for building a team at a fraction of the price that others spent recruiting players. He has also given his team the confidence to play out of their skin with his outstanding man-management skills. Standout performers in this fixture include Sadio Mane, Emre Can, Georginio Wijnaldum with the improving combination of the two Brazilians up front, Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firminho a joy to watch.
MOMENT OF THE WEEK - MOURINHO'S PUBLIC DISPLAY OF CRITICISING UNITED PLAYERS
Jose Mourinho made the controversial decision to publicly criticise two members of his squad when he questioned the attitude of Chris Smalling and Luke Shaw. Mourinho said that the two players informed him that they were not 100% fit to be considered for selection. Mourinho however countered their claims by saying that other players who were on the pitch also had injury problems with Phil Jones, despite not having trained at all during the week, playing 90 minutes. Mourinho has a history of being a bit forthright with members of his team and had a bust-up with Cristiano Ronaldo while manager of Real Madrid, when telling his fellow Portuguese attacker that he had to select a defensive-minded formation to compensate for Ronaldo’s lack of commitment to tracking back. This signalled a breakdown in relations between the countrymen, which makes it interesting to see how the two Manchester United defenders react to their manager’s criticism.
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