Players with a point to prove

Players with a point to prove in the PSL after the Africa Cup of Nations

Posted: 11 February 2013 Time: 09:57 am

With the conclusion of the Africa Cup of Nations last night, our focus shifts back to the PSL – but which players from the Afcon have a point to prove going into the second half of the season?

Siphiwe Tshabalala
After a disappointing showing at Afcon, ‘Shabba’ will be looking to rekindle the form that helped propel Amakhosi to the top of the League before the break. Barring injury, his experience and leadership will be key if Kaizer Chiefs are to sustain a successful title assault. At 28, Shabba’s over-reliance on his left foot will be something he will need to address if he is to prolong his career at international level.

Katlego Mphela
‘Killer’ will want to put the last month behind him as quickly as possible and refocus his efforts on helping Mamelodi Sundowns climb the League table. The striker has just four games under his belt and two goals this campaign, and Pitso Mosimane will be hoping his leading man will be staying on the pitch and well clear of the injury room.

Sifiso Myeni
A surprise omission from Bafana’s Afcon squad, Myeni will do well to build on the form that has made him one of the PSL’s hottest properties. With more consistency, and displays like the one against Free State stars, where he scored arguably the goal of the season to hand Orlando Pirates a 1-0 win, he will leave Gordon Igesund with no choice but to select him when it comes to Bafana’s World Cup qualifying campaign.

Andile Jali
Already into his fourth season at Pirates, the 22-year-old will have more responsibility heaped on his shoulders as Bucs contest the last three trophies available this season. With the CAF Champions League coming up, many will be hoping that Jali will inspire Pirates to a longer stay in the competition. The invaluable experience gained by playing against African opposition will stand him in good stead should Bafana come knocking. Expect steely midfield performances as Jali & co. fight to retain their League title.

Reneilwe Letsholonyane
Like most of his Bafana teammates, ‘Yeye’ will be hoping to use his performance at the Nations Cup as a springboard for the second half of the PSL season. With talk of a possible contract extension at Naturena, the Soweto-born midfielder will be motivated to win his first League title.

Thuso Phala
One of Bafana’s most consistent performers at Afcon, Phala will want to prove that his selection was no fluke but just reward for his early season form. With rumours of interest from overseas, the winger will not only be looking to cement his place in future Bafana squads but in the short-term look to inspire third placed Platinum Stars towards first ever League honours – they lie just four points behind log leaders Chiefs.

Lerato Chabangu
In the wake of some promising pre-tournament form, an injury in the opening game put paid to his Afcon ambitions. He subsequently missed the Angola match but was not considered for the last two Bafana games despite being fit. Like Myeni, should he play a leading role in Moroka Swallows’ revival, he will remain in contention for a Bafana place.

Collins Mbesuma
Another pre-tournament bloomer, ‘Ntofontofo’ was hoping to use his rediscovered scoring touch against Zambia’s Group C opponents. Unfortunately a return of only one goal from three games couldn’t stave off first round elimination for the reigning champions. The Orlando Pirates forward and his national teammate Davies Nkausu of SuperSport United will now look to conquer Africa at club level when they participate in the CAF Champions League and CAF Confederation Cup respectively.

Dove Wome
The Free State Stars man will be pleased with his contribution to Togo’s Afcon run, helping his nation reach the quarter-finals for the first time in their history. Among a host of players using the competition to slingshot their careers into Europe, the midfielder will look to build on his form at Ea Lla Koto to make that dream move a reality.

Morgan Gould and Punch Masenamela
Both defenders would have been shoe-ins for Bafana places had it not been for injury. With Gould already playing reserve league football (plus an international club friendly) and Masenamela healing well after his knee operation, the two could be back to their best very soon.

HAVE YOUR SAY: Which other players do you think have a point to prove when the League resumes?

Article by: Mzamo Moloi

Previous comments on this story...

The Phefeni Boy
posted: 10:03 am
We begin our 90 min weekly marathons tomorrow, Shabba, Yeye, Parker, Khune, Gaxa, Majoro and Masilela are fit and ready to deliver the league title to Naturena.....

KUZONYIWA........
Gucci Man
posted: 10:03 am
I'm sure Mabena as well have a point to prove
Mbhebhisto
posted: 10:05 am
Let the real games begin. We will start by bleksiming Downs tomorow.
Khosi till Palaciuos pay Pap Geld.
I dont like these gorillas
Football Fanatic
posted: 10:05 am
Shabba has nothing to prove, Kaizer Chiefs fans know his qualities."At 28, Shabba’s over-reliance on his left foot will be something he will need to address if he is to prolong his career at international level." Kickoff's journalism defines SA's soccer level,mediocrity.
Liqhame
posted: 10:05 am
J15 you have nothing to prove boy, just take it easy and defend the PSL title for us and go all the way to win the CAF champions league.
The Phefeni Boy
posted: 10:05 am
I want to murder to Sundowns tomorrow evening.. Sundowns are in deep sh*t in Loftus, they will not stop Yeye, Shabba, Parker and Majoro.
Click! Clique Bang!!!
posted: 10:06 am
'At 28, Shabba’s over-reliance on his left foot will be something he will need to address if he is to prolong his career at international level'

LOL
The Phefeni Boy
posted: 10:06 am
I want to murder Sundowns tomorrow evening.. Sundowns are in deep sh*t in Loftus, they will not stop Yeye, Shabba, Parker and Majoro.
Joe.Banana
posted: 10:08 am
De Sa: Mbesuma will score more goals
Happy Person
posted: 10:12 am
Count all Pirates players from the list Mr Cowditor, Our players got nothing to prove to anybody, we are happy with them and just need them to defend our title. LEAGUE title
MAMINZELA
posted: 10:14 am
Andile Jali:Stll 22 and In his 4th Season as a REGULAR
You hardly xome across a Player at 22 who has more than 100 starts for his Club in the League
Zane10
posted: 10:14 am
The Lion King has nothing to prove... Kukhona abazokhala kusasa!!!!

Dankie Mabhakaniya...
Baatile
posted: 10:15 am
What all the players who represented their countries in this AFCON need is rest. These players played first round games and did not have a break when others did. I wish they could be given a two weeks break but shame, who will then play for the Zebras since they don't have depth. Tomorrow is the beginning of the end!!!
El Kampion
posted: 10:15 am
Jali has nothing to prove, he has won more medals at Bucs than any other player at Chiefs have with Chiefs

Shabba, is still trying to catch up with him in terms of medals

Is there any one who wants to dispute, you can even call upon your Nigerian friends to help you with facts of cause...phela keya le tseba lona....arguing with questions and insults
MAMINZELA
posted: 10:17 am
When you talk about Jali you talk about Excellency
The League will take many Seasons to unearth another Player in his mould
At Orlando Pirates we are blessed to haver him for US than against US
Joe.Banana
posted: 10:17 am
Dear Mzamo Moloi

Ms Editor, if you can do yourself a favour and check Shabba's full profile (from 2006) from the world wide tranfer market (transfermarket.co.uk), you will be suprised to find out how many goals this man scored with his right foot (and off course, how many he scored with that left foot!). Good journalist dont rely on views raised by fans from the opposition, but they do their own investigation. Just because they call him nyawana, doesnt mean you must blindly follow suit. Thank you.
msenti15
posted: 10:18 am
'At 28, Shabba’s over-reliance on his left foot will be something he will need to address if he is to prolong his career at international level'
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hahaha tlitlitlitli one legged cow i think his pipe is also on the left hand side
MAMINZELA
posted: 10:20 am
Excuses for Wednesday morning:
Our Players were tired
We lack depth
The PSL refused us a postponement
The Coach should have rested Khune
undisputed glamour champ
posted: 10:21 am
rise khosi rise no1 until lecowti and mahomutsa gt bafana callup
8 Years since Zebras won the league
posted: 10:21 am
Sifiso Myeni
A surprise omission from Bafana’s Afcon squad, Myeni will do well to build on the form that has made him one of the PSL’s hottest properties. With more consistency, and displays like the one against Free State stars, where he scored arguably the goal of the season to hand Orlando Pirates a 1-0 win, he will leave Gordon Igesund with no choice but to select him when it comes to Bafana’s World Cup qualifying campaign
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