Another stokvela game in our PSL, iDerby. Traditionally,it’s the most important game on the calendar. Fans and supporters of other matches can accept losing to any other team, but not to Pirates. The atmosphere on the street felt amazing,trust me this was the only stadium that mattered .Every other game stopped,that’s how important the derby thing is. During the week leading up to the derby, there are lots of things happening, training sessions are intense. The Chairman visits the camp to give a bit of motivation and stresses the importance of winning the derby. So form goes out the window, it’s about who wants it more on the day. The treatment of the Derby is completely different to other matches , Komphela (coach) made just two changes from the last game against Ajax. The approach was to start strong from the get go. Couple this with hyper defending and stay narrow when they have organised in possession, so it was the tactical vacuum (counter attack approach) to regain ball possession so Malongoane and, using speed upon Chirambandare would be key for Amakhosi to generate quick brake attacks.
Lorenzo came in for Cardozo, Chirambandare for Lebese and Parker for Paez. As usual Itumeleng Khune the skipper, showed his qualities by making to crucial saves inside the first 10 minutes from Wome and Gabuza. On Pirates’s equalizer he had no chance as it took a deflection from Masilela first but he had good game all round. As for Masilela/Ramahlwe, once again they didn’t get a lot of joy in trying to join the attacks, however it also helped Amakhosi defensively so it meant they were never going to be disconnected from the center backs like most of the times when allowed to attack. Mathoho and Lorenzo both didn’t start well with a lot missed passes and clearances, but they regained confidence as the game was progressing, they kept it tight and solid.
Wilfred Katsande’s role is to destroy and pass, but I guess he feels he can do more and being over confidence compromises his game, obviously missing the penalty is evident enough on what I’m talking about. George Maluleka didn’t have a good game, also he wanted to over elaborate on the ball and his game was characterised by a lot of wrong decision making. Shabba played well, but in patches. He created the opening goal by a penetrating move. Chirambandare, hai bafethu angeke akhekho. Malongoane is my man of the match, apart from the goal, he’s showing a lot hunger and maturity, like I always say, Amakhosi’s best signing and gives a lot of energy on how Amakhosi’s plays and attacks. Regarding Bernard Parker, I knew he was going to be preferred ahead of Paez for experience, he didn’t do that bad and he made the assist to Malongoane’s goal.
Bafethu Tjovitjo sigodolisa Unkulunkulu abalandeli Webhola Siphiwe DR mnandi bethu,no MKHONZA shukela no goal s kanjani.