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Weekend Talking Points: Kaizer Chiefs' season in danger of imploding

09:36 SAST 2021/12/06
Bernard Parker Kaizer Chiefs
The Buccaneers had been given the weekend off after their Caf Confederation Cup opponents, LPRC Oilers, withdrew from the competition

For different reasons, both the Soweto giants - Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates, were out of action this weekend.

  • Stuart Baxter Kaizer Chiefs

    Kaizer Chiefs' season to implode?

    thatThe biggest focus on the weekend was arguably on a game which didn't take place, that between Kaizer Chiefs and Cape Town City at FNB Stadium. Amakhosi made the decision not to pitch up for the match, citing 31 positive Covid-19 cases as the reason for that. Because the PSL made no comment or ruling on the matter, City turned up, and are widely expected to be handed a 3-0 walkover.

    It's unlikely Amakhosi will arrive for their next few matches either, including Wednesday's game against Golden Arrows, and if the PSL take a hard line, the Glamour Boys could be missing out on a bunch of points and may even get fined as well.

  • PSL prosecutor Nande Becker

    PSL's stony silence

    The PSL have been placed in a very difficult position by Chiefs. And while it's understandable that they may need to take their time to assess the whole situation and to make a ruling, their complete silence on the matter was probably not the best way to go. The whole nation, football lovers at least, were left in the dark on Saturday afternoon.

    We've seen various PSL dispute cases dragging on for too long before, and with the news of PSL prosecutor Nande Becker quitting his position on the weekend, this latest controversy could go on for some time.

  • Cheslyn Jampies of Sekhukhune United challenged by Keenan Phillips of Supersport United, December 2021

    Sekhukhune continue to surprise

    It's been a season of surprise packages, and that includes newly-promoted Sekhukhune United. They moved up to second on the standings on Sunday after Tshediso Patjie snatched an 87th-minute winner in a 1-0 victory against SuperSport United in Pretoria.

    Sekhukhune are on 23 points from 13 matches, eight points behind leaders Mamelodi Sundowns. Behind them in third are another side in their first season in the top flight, Royal AM.

  • Manqoba Mngqithi, Mamelodi Sundowns, December 2020

    Weather conditions play a part

    Both Mamelodi Sundowns coach Manqoba Mngqithi and AmaZulu coach Benni McCarthy felt their sides had been adversely affected by the weather. Mngqithi alluded to the strong wind in his side's 1-1 draw away to Stellenbosch FC. McCarthy felt the rain made life difficult for his team in Saturday's 0-0 draw against Royal AM at the Moses Mabhida Stadium.

  • Ashley Du Preez, Stellenbosch FC & Khuliso Mudau, Mamelodi Sundowns, November 2021

    Stellenbosch provide further hope that Sundowns can be slowed

    Mamelodi Sundowns made a blistering start to the season, but have dropped off a little bit in recent weeks. They're still to lose a game, but have now drawn three of their last five fixtures. They've also conceded three goals in their last three matches having not conceded at all for the first 10.

    It can't be said that cracks are starting to appear, but at least there's evidence that the Brazilians can be slowed. The problem is, none of the teams around them has showed enough consistency and Downs still have an eight-point lead at the top.

  • Rushine De Reuck vs Ghana Bafana Bafana

    Bafana Bafana's World Cup hopes crumble

    Bafana Bafana's quest to have their match against Ghana replayed - after a controversial penalty, was denied by Fifa.

    Ghana Football Association general secretary Prosper Harrison Addo added salt to the wounds:

    “The South African Football Association knows nothing in football and this case clearly shows how incompetent they are," said Addo.