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5 THINGS WE LEARNT IN THE ABSA PREMIERSHIP SEASON

5 THINGS WE LEARNT IN THE ABSA PREMIERSHIP SEASON

1. Kaizer Chiefs

do not have the material to win when it counts. Finishing fourth and 10 points behind the champions Bidvest Wits is not such a bad outcome when you consider the overall the quality in the side.  Steve Komphela when coaching Maritzburg United once said that whatever the log position you finish at, in the league, you deserve to be there, considering all teams play the same number of games home and away. Amakhosi, have lost “that fear factor” instead have become a competitive team, but not winners, on the evidence of this season and the previous season. A major overhaul of the squad and proper recruitment drive is a must, or next season it will be the same outcome.

 

2. Orlando Pirates

were very poor in their 80th anniversary and have had their worst season in the PSL era, failing to finish in the top 8, in fact they finished 11th, had 6 points more than relegated Highlands Park, and 27 points behind Bidvest Wits! That tells the story, doesn’t it? It looked promising in the beginning with Coach Muhsin Ertugral looking to knock the team that finished 7th in the last season into shape, until the wheels came off in a rather spectacular fashion, resigning live on TV after a heavy defeat suffered against Supersport united. A proper inquest need to begin to find solutions for a much improved campaign next season, it doesn’t help  that  their season will only conclude on the 24th of June with the Nedbank Cup final against Supersport United, which would leave them with only a two week break at most before resuming their pre-season.

 

3. Mamelodi Sundowns

are still the best team in country by a mile. They finished runners up in the league just three points behind despite a heavy and punishing schedule that involved matches played between two continents in Africa and Asia, still they pushed Bidvest Wits to the end, despite injuries to key players that threatened to undermine their Title charge. Their 6-0 demolition job of Orlando Pirates was one of the best exhibition of attacking football ever season in a category A game. The challenges faced on the continent in the CAF Champions league has transformed them into a formidable footballing machine.

 

4. Cape Town City,

despite running out of the steam in the final stretch and finishing five points behind the winners, they were box office in terms of the style of play. All action and very pleasing to the eye. Certainly the neutrals favorites. They deserve a fair play award at the PSL awards. In their maiden season they have already qualified for the CAF Confederations Cup. Well done to John Comitis and his team.

 

5. Bidvest Wits,

proved that when you build systems and build on your consistency eventually you get rewarded. They have a shrewd management and technical team led by two serial winners Jose Ferreira, CEO and Head Coach Gavin Hunt. Ferreira is a wily operator in the transfer market and he knows how to find a bargain, while Hunt is a tough task master who has a winning DNA, now has four League Titles  next to his name. He has a built a hard side that knows how to grind a result and win ugly, but he has also blooded in some exciting young talents such as Phakamani Mahlambi and Reeve Frosler just to mention these two. They are unlikely to get weaker next season. Success breeds success.

 

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