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Kaizer Chiefs get Advantage in race for PSL title

The Title Is Now Truly In Kaizer Chiefs Hands, Will They Grab It?

Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates played to a goalless draw in the return of PSL last night. The result puts Kaizer Chiefs firmly in the pole position to win the title but, will they be to capitalize? 

The game was boring. It had little goal-mouth action but big implications in the PSL championship race. Mamelodi Sundowns went into the game four points behind Kaizer Chiefs with a game in hand.  They are now three points adrift the log leaders with the same amount of matches played.

When Pitso Mosimane said it’s Kaizer Chiefs’ title to lose last week, he was trolling. As of today, the statement is 100% accurate. Even though this isn’t a result he would have wanted, Pitso Mosimane is a glass half full type of guy, “Ja, a game of two halves for us, we were much better in the first-half, second-half we have to give it to Orlando Pirates, let’s be honest and they missed two chances to be honest. Okay, we had one [chance] but not really convincing,” Mosimane told SuperSport TV.


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“The second-half they took it, you could see they were much stronger, much fresher than us in the second-half. We survived a bit, Mosa [Lebusa] calf [injury], you know. But it’s okay, it’s a good point, we’ll take a point. We’re playing Orlando Pirates remember?”

Kaizer Chiefs come up against Bidvest Wits tonight. Wits are coming off a loss against Sundowns over the weekend in the Nedbank Cup semi-final. Gavin Hunt and his men who are now mostly playing for pride, won’t be a pushover. 

I can never predict how a team is going to play after a five months lay-off but if Chiefs play anything like they did before the lockdown, then they are toast. Amakhosi, however, have the advantage of not having played a game last weekend and have a three-point buffer. It’s Kaizer Chiefs title to lose. 

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


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Anderlecht have confirmed the signing of Percy tau - Wordpress

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. 

https://twitter.com/rscanderlecht/status/1290928025366913024

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)

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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: 

https://twitter.com/honourableTshif/status/1290270286605033474

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)

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Pitso Mosimane and his Mamelodi Sundowns team play Wits in the semi-final of the Nedbank Cup 2019/20

Pitso Mosimane: ‘Wits priority Nedbank Cup not league’

Mamelodi Sundowns host Bidvest Wits in the semi-final of the Nedbank Cup Saturday night. I use the word host loosely because (a) the game will not taking place at Loftus and (b) there will, of course, be no supporters in the stadium. Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane spoke to TimesLIVE about the upcoming clash. Mosimane touched on the sale of the Wits franchise to Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila (TTM). He also said he feels Gavin Hunt’s team seem to be prioritizing the Nedbank Cup.  

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

“Obviously there are a lot of incentives for the (Wits) players and the coaches (to win the cup)‚ so that’s why they’ve prioritized the Nedbank Cup. I’m saying what they’re saying in the media.

“They haven’t said anything about the league. They have only spoken about the cup‚ so that gives me an indication that the league is not the priority to them.

“I’m not talking on their behalf‚ but I’m talking about what they’ve said.”


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Football is a cruel game. Not only on the pitch but also in the boardroom. The sale of Bidvest Wits came as a shock to many and most surprisingly, it came as a shock to the players and team’s staff too.  

In the same interview, Pitso Mosimane called Bidvest Wits “a wounded lion”. I think he may be poking the wounded animal with a stick. I’m not too sure what Pitso is trying to achieve by pointing out Wits’ priorities. Mosimane says Wits “…haven’t said anything about the league,…” However, all statements made by players and Gavin Hunt about the game on Saturday, came when said players and coach were asked about said game.

Could this be his masterplan? Pitso’s Mamelodi Sundowns side found Bidvest Wits hard to beat in the league this season having played two draws. Is Mosimane throwing down the gauntlet to Bidvest Wits to show how much they really want the Nedbank Cup? Like: “You guys said you want to win this right? So come and win it.” This would put his team at an advantage because of the less emotional approach to Saturday’s game. 

Maybe Mosimane is right. Maybe Wits should and are focusing on winning the Nedbank Cup over the league. Wits are 6th, 10 points behind log leaders Kaizer Cheifs with 9 games left to play. I am not liking their chances to win the league. Injuries to key players and losses in big games has hurt them. And put them in a hole that may be too deep to climb out of.  All that being said, I still wouldn’t put it past Pitso Mosimane playing mind games on the eve of a big game. 

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

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Nathi Mthethwa speaks on the return of the PSL

Sports minister Mthethwa: We will stop all PSL games if protocols aren’t adhered to…

Yes, local football is back! As the kids would say it’s been a minute (It has actually been 137 days, 3277 hours, 196667 minutes since the last PSL game was played but, who is counting?)

Your minister of Sports, Arts, and Culture, Nathi Mthethwa doesn’t want you to get too excited about the return of the PSL though. He has promised to shut down the whole thing if teams don’t follow stringent measures outlined in the department’s Covid-19 protocol. 

“It therefore means that those plans that they have submitted should be adhered to‚ it’s not a fait accompli that people will just get on the field and play‚” Mthethwa said.

“They will play based on the plans which were submitted to the department and we reserve the right to halt any activity if we feel and think that those protocols and plans are not adhered to.

“We are pleased that the department of health has concurred with the proposal for football to return to completing the season behind closed doors in a Biologically Safe Environment (BSE)‚ which is a closed environment of the procured hotels‚ the transport hubs‚ training grounds and stadiums.


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“This is subject to the plans they have submitted and all other protocols as outlined in the regulations and directions published by the department.

“The compliance officers of both the SA Football Association and the Premier Soccer League will work together and ensure that all measures comply with the commitment made by the PSL in their submissions to government.

“We are expecting to receive the compliance officer’s report from Safa on the state of readiness for the NSL to resume play.”

Shutting down the PSL might be an idle threat by Minister Mthethwa. It may be a promise that his department won’t keep, lord knows that wouldn’t be the first time the government fails to deliver on a promise.

Politics aside, some teams, players, and even club executives have not taken the threat of Covid-19 as seriously as you might have hoped. We’ve heard rumors about Sundowns and Orlando Pirates breaking their own club protocols by going out drinking (I wonder where they are getting the alcohol, if one of you guys is reading this please let me know). We’ve seen certain club managers throwing parties at their residence during the lockdown…

 

It would a shame for one team to mess it up for everybody else. The season is going to be done in 30 days. I’m sure players, managers, and staff can hold out for a little while longer till the 5th of September.  

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

 

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