Best & Worst of the Weekend
Posted: 8 February 2016 Time: 11:30
It was another fascinating weekend in the Absa Premiership – here KickOff.com picks the best and worst on offer.
PLAYER OF THE WEEKEND
It was a weekend of the goalkeepers. Washington Arubi tried his best to help University of Pretoria overcome Orlando Pirates - making five saves - but was helpless to keep out Thabo Matlaba’s winner. Instead, the Player of the Weekend goes to Bloemfontein Celtic’s Patrick Tignyemb, who made six saves as Mpumalanga Black Aces inexplicably drew a blank and fell further behind in the title race. Even Muhsin Ertugral was at a loss for words after the game …
PALOOKA OF THE WEEKEND
Siyanda Xulu came close – after finally getting a chance to prove his worth, his poor backpass almost cost Kaizer Chiefs two points. But this week’s Palooka goes to the Maritzburg United defence. For a team bottom of the standings every point is crucial, which makes the marking for Gordinho’s winning goal in injury-time all the more criminal. The defender rose unchallenged to head home for 3-2, with not a defender in sight.
GOAL OF THE WEEKEND
There were quite a few contenders – debutant S’fiso Hlanti’s winning free-kick for Bidvest Wits, Matlaba’s run and finish as Pirates beat AmaTuks, and Keagan Dolly’s curling finish in Sundowns’ demolition of Free State Stars. However, the Goal of the Weekend belongs to Mogakolodi Ngele – winning the ball on the halfway line, sprinting past three defenders and rifling an unstoppable shot into the bottom corner.
WORDS OF THE WEEKEND
“I think this is the worst performance I have seen since I arrived here. We were very fortunate. This is a game we could have lost by three, four goals, but we came up with a point. I’m very happy with the point we collected today. I’m not really sure we deserve it, but I’m very, very happy." – Bloemfontein Celtic coach after the goalless draw with Mpumalanga Black Aces.