Has participation of Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns in the CAF Champions League become more of an inconvenience for their exploits locally?
Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates were knocked out of the Nedbank Cup this weekend. Both sets of supporters consoled themselves by saying “at least we are still in the CAF Champions League and are favourites to win the league”.
Yes, Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns are well positioned in their Champions League groups and are in the race for the Absa Premiership.
It’s unlikely both teams will split the two titles, one team might win one, or both might lose out on all.
Orlando Pirates dropped points in the league when they drew 1-1 with Baroka FC last night. They have effectively ruined their chances of winning the Absa Premiership title this season.
You know when you are sleeping, around 3 a.m. in the early morning, then a mosquito start flying around your ear to irritate that shit out of you.
You cover yourself with your blanket but you can still hear it. So you just jump out of bed (pissed) switch on the light, wanting to bash the mosquito’s guts on the wall with the sole of your Carvela but then… Silence… It seems as the though the mosquito has disappeared or left your room through the tiny crevice under the door. You switch the light off, get back into the blankets – 4 seconds later the mosquito is back again this time you can hear it laughing.
I hate that shit.
Much was expected of Orlando Pirates after their blistering finish to the 2017/2018 season they, however, have started this year’s campaign on a less than impressive note.
The Sea Robbers have managed to win only two of their first five games in the Absa Premiership, scoring 4 goals (two own goals, a penalty, and one goal in open play) in process. Their defence has been shaky and their forwards don’t seem to know where the right side of the net is.
After the first half of last season, Orlando Pirates were pretty much written off as league contenders but following the New Year, the Buccaneers looked like a different team, they were winning games and scoring goals. Their resurgence was cute, nonetheless, they were far too many points behind Sundowns to mount any challenge to topple the league leaders. But, after a run of wins, they pushed the eventual champions all the way to the last match day of the league.
This season Orlando Pirates are favourites to win the Absa Premiership along with Mamelodi Sundowns, has that burden of expectation contributed to their lacklustre start?
Wayne Sandilands’ two goalkeeping howlers were ultimately the difference between Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns.
Everybody makes mistakes right? Bruce Lee once said ‘mistakes are always forgivable if one has the courage to admit them’, I say mistakes are always forgivable if one is not a goalkeeper.