With a busy festive season lying ahead, Goal takes a look back at what the PSL teams were up to this time last year
Mamelodi Sundowns have Pitso Mosimane to thank for their league challenging status after a bright start in this year’s PSL season.
Compared to last season, Sundowns are lightyears away from where they were.
After just over a dozen games and at the same point as the last campaign, Sundowns are nearly the entire table higher than where they were in December 2012. They've quite simply jumped from one extreme end to the other.
Johan Neeskens was fired as Sundowns coach late last year, leaving Mosimane to pick up the pieces. But since the start of the 2013/14 season, Sundowns are far better off.
Neck-and-neck with defending champions Kaizer Chiefs winning games at the top, compare it to a Sundowns team in 2012 that claimed just two wins from 13 games at this stage last season.
Chiefs meanwhile, are not far off the pace from last season’s performance, whereas they were top of the table in December 2012.
In the Cup competitions meanwhile, Moroka Swallows were crowned MTN8 winners last season, while Bloemfontein Celtic claimed the Telkom Knockout trophy, with a win over Orlando Pirates in the final.
Fast-forward 12 months and Platinum Stars is the team to beat, as the Rustenburg outfit lifted both the MTN8 and TKO trophies in the space of four months.
At the other end of the table, AmaZulu was the team that occupied last position on the log at the same point last season. Similar to Mosimane, in Durban Craig Rosslee has done a great job as Usuthu who are now challenging for a top eight spot.
As it stands, the Buccaneers need to move up the PSL table due to many games in hand, as a result of their commitments in the Caf Champions League.
Pirates were sitting second on the table this time last year, and Roger De Sa will be looking for a repeat of last season’s showing to lift them out of the relegation zone.