Pitso Mosimane and Gavin Hunt

Who Needs To Win This Game More, Mosimane or Hunt?

Tomorrow sees the return of South African football with the semi-final of the Nedbank Cup. As much as I would like to act like I care about the first semi-final between Baroka and Bloemfontein Celtic, the truth is I don’t and you probably don’t too. The game we are both interested in is Mamelodi Sundowns versus Bidvest Wits. Pitso Mosimane versus Gavin Hunt. The infamous spenders versus the now, infamous sellers. 

In the run-up to Saturday’s clash, Gavin Hunt has been saying all the cliche politically correct things a person who is about to be jobless in a month would say:

“It is important for us as professionals to finish as professionals and do a proper job,” said Hunt.

“Let us treat the game with respect. It will be difficult because we have so much to deal with. We will show professionalism until the end.

“It is not only the physical but also psychological issues we have to deal with.”


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Pitso Mosimane kept to his style of 10% complementing the opponent, and 90% playing mind games. 

“We have a big game against Wits and if you listen to their statements they’re saying that they want to go out in style,” said Mosimane.

“Wits’ players and coaches have a lot of incentives to win the cup and that’s why they’ve prioritized the Nedbank Cup.

“Over the last few days, they have only spoken about the Cup. It gives me an indication that the league is not a priority,” he added. “I am not talking on their behalf but just talking about what they have said.”

Bidvest Wits, in the public sphere, have turned into a club that everybody is feeling sorry for. Their sale came out of nowhere and no one at the club, except for the owners, knew about it or even expected it. It’s a sad way for a club that has been in the league for so long to go out.  But, and the great poet Tupa Shakur once said ‘Life Goes On’.  There is a football game that needs to be played.

Who needs to win this game more? 

Wits want to go out with a bang. The pride of the players and the coach is a stake. They are definitely going to bring the game to Sundowns. Downs have their own reasons as to why they’d like a place in the Nedbank Cup final. They are on the march for a domestic treble. They have already clinched the Telkom Knockout and they are still very much in the league race. 

With a game where both teams have about the same amount of quality, it will boil down to desire. I think Wits want this game more than Sundowns. Mosimane, like Hunt, would love to win the Nedbank Cup, but Jingles has bigger fish to fry in the Absa Premiership.

By @cheezfootball (the greatest footy journo on the internet)

Top 10 Defenders In Absa Premiership This Season

Top 10 Defenders In The Absa Premiership This Season [2019/20]

After a four and a half month layoff, local soccer will return on the 8th of August. I, @cheezfootball, will be ranking players in every position. Today I will begin with ranking the best defenders of the season so far. 

10. Tebogo Langerman (Mamelodi Sundowns)

One of the most consistent fullbacks in the league for so many years.  It’s a shame how Tebogo Langerman has been overlooked for the national team. He can cross the ball. Langerman isn’t the quickest and I hate it when he takes shots at goal from seven kilometers away but he is an offensive threat.

9. Clayton Daniels (Supersport United)

Daniels at 36, has aged well like wine. Not the Four Cousins type but the type to make it to the Woolworths wine section. This year he played a key role in Supersport United’s MTN 8 triumph. He is strong, wily, and has a good positional sense. Daniels does have the habit of diving into tackles. This gets him in trouble with the referees but, overall he is solid.

8. Buhle Mkhwanazi (Bidvest Wits)

Mkhwanazi has had another great season with Wits and Bafana teammate (who we will get to later). The pair of formidable. Tyson provides the aggression Buhle the calm and composure. He is great in the air, well-composed, and knows the game. 

7. Motjeka Madisha (Mamelodi Sundowns)

After his breakout season in 2017/18, Madisha didn’t feature much for Sundowns last season. Last year he picked up the unfortunate habit of making mistakes that led to goals. Madisha has played himself back into Pitso Mosimane’s team. He is fearless, a fighter, with ball-playing skills.

6. Rushine De Reuck (Maritzburg United)

I didn’t know anything about Rushine De Reuck. He doesn’t even have a Wikipedia page. But this boy is a baller. He is a young, strong like a bull, aggressive, and has finesse to his game too.


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Is Supersport United Out of the Title Race

Are We Sure Supersport United Is Out Of The Title Race?

Games in the Absa Premiership will officially resume next week on the 11th of August. A lot of attention has been given to the title prospects of Kaizer Chiefs, Mamelodi Sundowns, and Orlando Pirates but what about Supersport United?

Should they also be considered as contenders for the championship this season? 

Before you tap, swipe, or click away from this article, hear me out.

Pitso Mosimane insists that the Absa Premiership title is in the hands of log leaders Kaizer Chiefs but, warned that Supersport United still have a chance. 

“Anybody can win the league even SuperSport United can,… Football is not the way we say it. Football is on the pitch and it’s played on the pitch: and then it’s a different story. Mosimane told the SundayTimes.


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I always take anything Pitso says with a grain of Himalayan pink salt because he is always playing mind games. After doing my own research, I realized that Mosimane may be onto something. 

Supersport United are third on the Absa Premiership table. They are 8 points behind Kaizer Chiefs and have played two more games than Amakhosi. After reading that you probably thinking to yourself:

‘Why didn’t I tap, swipe, or click away from this article again?’  

If you take a look at their last six games, Supersport only play one team in the top eight (Orlando Pirates). They have the easiest remaining fixtures among the teams in the top five of the log. 

Yes, Supersport United are undeniably inconsistent.  It doesn’t seem likely that Kaizer Chiefs are going to drop 8 points in their remaining eight games. But, stranger things have happened in football.

Sundowns have injuries. Orlando Pirates have yet to click on all cylinders under coach Josef Zinnbauer. The pressure of being league leaders seems to have affected Kaizer Chiefs’ form. The Bidvest Wits team must be an emotional wreck after the sale of the club

Supersport United have won four cup competitions in the past five seasons. They are clearly good at it.  If they could harness their cup form and play every one of their half dozen games like was a cup final, they could make things interested at the top of table.

By @cheezfootball (the greatest footy journo on the internet)


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How Much Game Time Will Percy Tau Get At Anderlecht?

Percy Tau will join Belgian club Anderlecht for another season-long loan from his parent club Brighton & Hove Albion. 

Tau, speaking on the club’s website, says he feels his style of football and Anderlecht are a match made in heaven.

“I am part of a team that always wants to play good and attacking football. That suits me perfectly. RSCA has my style of football. We are made for each other. I will do everything I can to contribute to this team and guide the club back to where it belongs: to the top of Belgian football.”

This will be Tau’s third Belgian club in as many seasons on loan from Albion. He played in the second tier for Royal Union St Gilloise in 2018/2019‚ winning the Belgian First Division B’s player of the season award. This past season Tau started well Club Brugge‚ but faded as the season progressed.


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Brighton must like Tau because (a) they haven’t released the player and (b) the season-long loan doesn’t have a purchase option. This tells me that the Seagulls do see a future with Tau in it. But, time is running out. As aforementioned he has spent two seasons out on loan, he has yet to acquire his UK work permit which would allow him to play in the Premier League, and he is 26 years old. He shouldn’t be spending the prime years of his career out on loan. 

Tau’s form for Club Brugge dipped last season and soon he found himself on the bench. I watch all Champions League games which Tau featured in against the likes of Real Madrid and PSG. Technically he seems to be okay, it’s just in the decisions making department sometimes where I thought he lacked. This you get better at with games time. 

How much of it will he get at Anderlecht?  Last season he played a lot of games in the first half of the season for the Belgian eventual champions Brugger. Tau is now on a team that finished 8th last season. He is going to a club that seems keen on having him there. They spoke highly of him. I think how much he plays will depend on how well his plays. The ball is in Tau’s court. 

By @cheezfootball (the greatest footy journo on the internet)

Bobby Motaung Suspended

Kaizer Chiefs: ‘…Bobby Motaung is suspended with immediate effect…’

Kaizer Chiefs Football Manager Bobby Motaung has been suspended by his Dad’s club for throwing a Lockdown House Party that Channel O would have been proud of. 

A couple of videos circulating on social media show us Bobby Motaung partying like it’s 1999 again. What a minute… aren’t we in a nationwide lockdown? 🤔

In case you missed it: 

Yesterday the club came out with a statement lamenting the behavior of their football manager. 

“As part of our policies and continuous process of monitoring the public conduct of our members, players, and staff, Kaizer Chiefs has decided to summarily suspend football manager Bobby Motaung,

“This is a result of a number of videos circulating on social media wherein the football manager is seen taking part in festivities during what looks like the lockdown period. The club has been involved in the internal processes of investigating his conduct, which led to the decision to suspend him.


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“With the Covid-19 pandemic, our processes have been intensified and stringent measures have been put in place to ensure the club and its members play a role in the curbing of the spread of the virus and flattening the curve,” the statement read further.

“Subsequently, the club would like to confirm that Bobby Motaung is suspended with immediate effect up to and including 31 August 2020. He is not allowed to accompany the team to any training session or scheduled matches.”

Damn, why wasn’t I invited to that lockdown house party? 😥 Champagne, hubbly, expensive whiskey, ladies, the works! 

My low social standing aside, I commend Kaizer Chiefs for taking immediate action. The video did its rounds online in the afternoon and by 8 p.m. Bobby was suspended.

Everybody knows that this is a gesture by Kaizer Chiefs to save face. A suspension till the 31 of August isn’t really throwing the hammer down on Bobby. Especially in a lockdown where he’d rather be at home anyway, drinking more of that expensive whiskey I spoke about earlier.

He unlike you or me didn’t apply for this job. This is his Dad’s club. When el Presidente retires he will be next in line to take over the reins. 

I don’t blame him. 

If I had his type of money I’d be throwing parties every weekend (I think this is the reason I DON’T have his type of money). What he should be worried about is the idiot who took the video in the first place. 

By @cheezfootball (the greatest footy journo on the internet)