Mamelodi Sundowns seem to be getting “cold feet” as the season is wrapping up.
Sundowns who were once six points clear as log leaders have now dropped and are now two points behind defending champions, Orlando Pirates.
On Wednesday Bafana ba Style suffered a 2-1 loss at home to Platinum Stars and on the same night the Buccaneers grabbed a point when they drew 0-0 with Moroka Swallows at the Dobsonville stadium.
It wasn’t any different when the teams went on to play their 26th matches of the season, yet again the Tshwane based side suffered their second loss in three days when they lost 1-0 to Maritzburg United. United had come into the game with heads held up after a 1-0 win against Kaizer Chiefs.
This gave Ezimnyama Ngenkani a chance to hang on to the number one spot when they held Bidvest Wits to a 0-0 drew, a score line that was last seen between these two in 2010.
Pirates are now two points ahead of Sundowns however the Teko Modise led side has goal difference on their side, which unfortunately will not help them if they do not win their matches.
Will the tug of war for the number one position bring us a thrilling finish to the season or will it be full of mediocre draws and losses?
his time last season most of us were convinced that one of the oldest Soweto teams were sinking into the National First Division, however as fate had it they survived relegation when beat Mpumalanga Black Aces 2-0.
Moroka Swallows played a game of theirs lives to march into the 2011/12 season.
When the season resumed no one looked at The Dube Birds to be in the top five come this time of the season. However the team of rejects (players who were in ‘big’ teams but tossed on the side) under the hand of Gordon Igesund have proven that with a good manager, and dedicated players glory is can be reached.
The number one reject, Siyabonga Nomvethe is at the top of the scoring charts with 12 goals with former Kaizer Chiefs’ midfielder David Mathebula finding the back of the net when it matters most. He boasts nine goals in the season so far.
Bennet Chenene, Joseph Makhanya, Luvhengo Mungomeni are also among the players who were gone and forgotten.
The Birds have six matches left and are in third position with 42 points sandwiched between fellow Soweto teams Orlando Pirates and Chiefs.
Igesunds’ charges may still surprise us by the end of the season.
With Vladimir Vermezovic out of the picture, the football world is wondering how far will Kaizer Chiefs go with the remaining matches.
Since the sacking of Jimmy Tau as captain, the locker room has been buzzing with conflicts between the players and Vermezovic. This led to some players prefering assistant coach (who is now the interim coach) Donald “Ace” Khosi over VV.
Ace has been in charge of the reserve team that is taking part in the Gauteng\ Monday League where he uses players that are part of the big Amakhossi squad but never/ seldom make part of the 18-men squad in the Absa Premiership.
Khuse and Doctor Khumalo will have to stabilize the team and see it through the remaining seven matches and the upcoming Nedbank Cup match(es) as well.
16v and Ace have a mountain ahead of them, there is s much pressure on them to end the mediocre unconsistant performance of the team and end the season on a high note (if possible).
With the season nearing the end, we are not only anxious to see which team will finish first and become champions but we also want to know which player will come out top.
The 2011\12 Absa Premier League has been full of surprises and spoilers too. Players who started the season well but as it went their performance became appauling. Naturaly they disappeared from the 18-men squad in matches.
Here are footballviewblog’s top five players who should be considered for the top honours:
Moroka Swallows’ David Mathebula has been doing well for the Dube Birds this season. He has scored beautiful goals from a long range, helping Gordon Igesund’s side bein he top five with six matches to go.
Veteran striker Siyabonga Nomvete is proof that one is never too old to being best a what they do\ love . He is the Birds’ top goal scorer with 12 goals.
When most people though his career would never be resiructed, Teko “General” Modise surprised many when he was called back to the Bafana Bafana squad and he performed as though he never left. He also scored himself the Mamelodi Sundowns captaincy.
Just like his team sneaking up the log with no one looking, Edward Manqele is also deserving to be in the top five. He is just one goal behind Nomvete. He aslo managed to score himself the first call up in the Bafana squad.
Well, the fifth position stands open for the meanwhile, with the team still evaluating who is deserving to be in this spot.
In the past few weeks Free State Stars manager, Steve Khompela has been hogging the headlines with speculation that he will succeed Kaizer Chiefs’ Vladimir Vermezovic.
The Khompela rumours were fuelled by the ongoing ‘squabble’ in the Amakhosi locker room between the coach and senior players, which VV has denied. Now the two coaches will go head to head with at the Nedbank Cup quarter finals.
Even though the Ea La Koto manager is now linked to a spot in the senior national team as a second assistant, it will still be interesting to see who will come out tops between the Serbian and the Kroonstad born former Bafana Bafana defender.
Stars have been a ‘force’ to be reckoned with in recent games. They were abe to boot out Chiefs’ ‘arch enemies’ out of the competition when they beat Augusto Palacious’ charges 2-1 t advance the Last 8 of te tournament.
Kaizer Chiefs captain Sphiwe Tshabalala lead from the front when his side defeated Limpopo outfit, Black Leopards 4-0 at the Peter Mokaba stadium on Saturday.
Shabba was instrumental in all goals that were scored by Amakhosi’s wonderboy, Lehlohonolo Majoro.
Majoro’s first half goals came directly from Shabba, with the exception of the free kick as it bounced on Lidoda Duvha’s shot stoppe. In the fourth goal – the 52nd Tshabalala passed to the former FC Twente sriker Bernard Parker who found Majoro who netted the last goal of the match
It seems Tshabalala has found his feet again the Glamour Boys midfield. Ultimately, Majoro was awarded Man of the Match ahead of skipper Tshabalala.