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We Might Know Whats Wrong With Chiefs But What's Up With Sundowns

We Might Know Whats Wrong With Chiefs But What’s Up With Sundowns?

Drama. That’s the one word I use to describe this weekend’s installment of the PSL title race. Actually, now that I think about it, the word should be ‘comedy’ because as a neutral I was laughing at the unfortunate circumstances Chiefs and Sundowns both found themselves in.😆😆

Log leaders Kaizer Chiefs lost 1-0 via a 94th-minute Bidvest Wits goal. Sundowns wasted a chance to leapfrog Amakhosi for the first time this season when they too lost 0-1 to a relegation threaten Baroka FC a few hours later.


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It seems as though both teams are choking when the pressure is at its highest. The dip in form for Kaizer Chiefs doesn’t come as a surprise to me. No, I am not psychic. Chiefs are not much of an offensive threat and their defence has holes in it. Sundowns, on the other hand, are more of an interesting story. They are the reigning champions. They have been here before. Their last two championship-winning seasons went down to the wire. That team managed to win important games at the business end of the season. This team is floundering against the likes of Baroka (no offence).

We will never know what is going on behind the scenes but there is clearly something wrong with Sundowns. Chiefs faults may be bigger so Sundowns may win the championship by default.

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

Sundowns park the bus all the way to three points

Sundowns Park The Bus Against Chiefs – And It Worked

Last night Mamelodi Sundowns beat Kaizer Chiefs to go level on points with Amakhosi on top the PSL log. As interesting as the result may be the intriguing part of it is how they did it.

Well, maybe I shouldn’t use the word ‘intriguing’ because scoring one goal and then defending it for the rest of the game isn’t ‘intriguing’ at all. It’s actually quite negative and boring.  But what made it fascinating was who was doing it.

Mamelodi Sundowns came into yesterday’s game knowing that anything less than a win would surely mean the end of their title hopes. Pitso Mosimane tried convincing us in his pre-match interview that the game ‘isn’t a title decider‘. We didn’t fall for his lousy acting and figured Sundowns would come out guns blazing.

Surprisingly, they didn’t. In the first half, Downs only used four players (Sirino, Zwane, Meza, and Mkhulise) in attack whilst the rest of the team stayed behind the ball. It seemed as though Pitso may have been playing not lose the game rather than to win it. 


Chiefs v Sundowns: Who Has The Upper Hand Going Into Tonight’s Title Decider?

In the 34th minute, Gaston Sirino caught the Chiefs defense napping when he ran onto the end of Zwane’s clever flick to score. This is when Pitso called for the team’s bus driver to park the team bus in front of their goal for the remainder of the match. Chiefs huffed and puffed but they could blow the Sundowns mansion down.

Parking the bus is not a new thing in football. I hate it, but teams have to do what they have to do. I, however, didn’t expect it from a team with the most talented squad in the league who also happen to the defending champions. This is the most negative I’ve seen Sundowns play and was disappointed.

Kaizer Chiefs are still top of the log on goal difference but have the tougher last three-game. Last night’s match sealed the fate of the championship. Sundowns will be crowned champions.

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

Chiefs v Sundowns kekanakatsande

Chiefs v Sundowns: Absa Premiership Cup Final

Let’s begin by getting the ‘facts’ out of the way. If Sundowns win this game, they win the title. If Kaizer Chiefs win this game, they win the title. If this game ends in a draw, Kaizer Chiefs win the title. As you can see Mamelodi Sundowns need to win this game more than Kaizer Chiefs does. 

You: “…but after the game, there will still be three games left to play so…’🤷🏿‍♂️

Yes, I know but the result of this game will do one of two things: crush Kaizer Chiefs’ flakey moral or deal a death blow to Mamelodi Sundowns’ confidence. I don’t see any team recovering from an unfavourable result plus I’m a psychic. 

As the title says this is a cup final. Do or die. Wafa-wafa. Sure, Kaizer Chiefs have the advantage because they don’t need to win BUT, they’d be foolish to go in this looking for a draw. Mamelodi Sundowns got lucky on Monday with their last gasp win against Golden Arrows. Their confidence will be reaching its peak. 


Orlando Pirates Rely on Gabadinho Mhango

Kaizer Chiefs as currently constructed cannot match Sundowns pound for pound. They’d get knocked out before the first water break. It’s not that Chiefs don’t have good players, it’s just that they have not being utilized correctly (that’s another story for another writer).

The suspension of their leading goal scorer Samir Nurković and striker Leonardo Castro’s injury concerns are big blows. However, Sundowns aren’t great at defending quick counter-attacks. Ernst Middendorp may choose to replace the unavailable strikers with forwards that have pace.  

We’ll chat more about which team has the upper hand going into the huge clash tomorrow.

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

Orlando Pirates rely on Mhango

Orlando Pirates’ Reliance On Gabadinho Mhango Has Been Exposed

Since his brace against Chippa United in February, Orlando Pirates’ leading goal-scorer Gabandinho Mhango has been on a bit a goal drought.

It’s been six games since the game against Chippa. Orlando Pirates have only managed to win one and score once in those half a dozen matches.

I don’t know about you but I a pattern here. It seems as though there is a correlation between Gabandinho Mhango lack of goal production and Orlando Pirates’ unsatisfactory performances.

Orlando Pirates coach Josef Zinnbauer recons Mhongo’s dry spell is due to confidence or fatigue

“He scored a lot of goals in the first games, and now [against Wits] he had one of the best chances but it was not so [that he could score].

“As a striker, when he doesn’t think about anything, he scores, and now maybe he thinks a little bit too much that he wants [to score].


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“You know as a striker you need the self-confidence and you need the trust from the coach‚” 

“And it’s not so easy too that we have a good striker or two on the bench.

“We have not a long time [before the next game] and we have to see what’s possible in the next game – maybe he needs a break or he needs the next game but I don’t know, we’ll [figure out] a plan for the next game.”

Gabandinho Mhango tops the leagues’ scoring charts with 14 goals. At Orlando Pirates, he is trailed by an out of favour Tshegofatso Mabaso who has scored six. His goals have become increasingly important to Pirates. I’m surprised his coach would even think of resting him in a team that has scored 0 goals in their last four.

Every coach would love to have a forward that could score 15 goals in a season. But, this becomes an issue when the forward is relied upon a bit too much. The last time I check you need more that 15 goals to win the league.

Mhango is carrying Orlando Pirates’ goalscoring load and clearly, it has become too much. Pirates midfielders offer no goal-scoring threat. Other Pirates attackers like Pule and Memela are more goal creators than goalscorers. Mhango needs help and Zinnbauer needs to provide it.

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

PSL Title Race Who Has The Edge In This Round Of PSL Games Wordpress

PSL Title Race: Who Has The Edge In This Round Of PSL Games? [14 August]

The race for the PSL title is heating up.  With only a half dozen games to go every point matters. Who goes into this weekend with the upper hand? Be it a favourable fixture, injuries, or form.

Highlands Parks v Mamelodi Sundowns

Mamelodi Sundowns come up against Highlands Park tonight. Highlands Park coach Owen Da Gama has stated publicly that his team is not prepared to face Sundowns. Is he playing a Pitsoeque Jedi mind trick or is he simply telling the truth?

Sundowns will be without rights backs Thapelo Morena and Anele Ngcongca through injury. The Brazilians have not lost a competitive match to the Lions of the North but this won’t be an easy game. Highlands Park have talented players and are well-coached too. 

Polokwane City v Kaizer Chiefs

Kaizer Chiefs play Polokwane City tomorrow afternoon. City is 14th on the table, level on points with 15th placed Amazulu. Chiefs will know their draw with Bidvest Wits during the week should have been a win. They may take out their frustrations on poor Polokwane City. 

Ernst Middendorp and Itu Khune don’t seem to be getting along but Daniel Akpeyi has been doing a good job as Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper. Their main concerns lie with Leonardo Castro’s health


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Orlando Pirates v Bidvest Wits

The team that loses this game kisses PSL title race goodbye. A draw will have both teams being left behind in the last sprint to the championship. Orlando Pirates are coming off a dull draw with Sundowns during the week, Bidvest Wits also drew their first PSL game back from lockdown but their game had a bit more spice to it. 

Both teams may be a little bit too far behind Chiefs and Sundowns at this stage but, if any of the two could string together a run of wins it would change the whole complexion of the PSL title race.

Pirates will still be without suspended Justin Shonga and Thembinkosi Lorch whilst we don’t know if Thabang Monare will start of WIts. 

Who Has The Edge In This Round Of PSL Games?

The team with the biggest upside going to into this weekends games is Kaizer Chiefs. They do have concerns over the health of a key player but they have the easiest fixture. Polokwane City are proficient in conceding goals. They have the third-worst defensive record in the league. No game is ever a walk-over in the Premiership but I like Kaizer Chief’s chances.