KickOff.com looks at the good, the bad and the ugly from the opening weekend of PSL football
Posted: 14 August 2017 Time: 08:45
After weeks of waiting for domestic football to return, PSL lovers were treated to an action packed weekend of MTN8 football. It was entertaining, but it did not go without controversy.
KickOff.com looks at the good, the bad and the ugly of the weekend.
- Benni McCarthy got to sit on the bench as a head coach in the PSL for the first time and registered a 1-0 victory over Polokwane City on Saturday. McCarthy’s Cape Town City missed quite a few opportunities, but the signs are promising.
- One of the country’s most promising coaches, Fadlu Davids of Maritzburg United, got the better of the far more experienced Pitso Mosimane, the Mamelodi Sundowns coach. Maritzburg stuck to their plan of sitting back and catching Sundowns on the counter as they won 1-0 on Sunday.
- SuperSport United defender Morgan Gould proved yet again that he is not a 'has-been' when he won the man-of-the-match award against his former side Kaizer Chiefs, as Matsatsantsa won 1-0.
- The crowd at Moses Mabhida Stadium came out in numbers for the Kaizer Chiefs and SuperSport United match on Saturday, which is a good way to start the season.
- The build-up to Jeremy Brockie’s winner against Chiefs was exceptional. It involved Reneilwe Letsholonyane and Bradley Grobler before the striker showed great composure to put the ball in the back of the net.
- Many footballers were looking forward to seeing Teko Modise on his debut for Cape Town City, but he had to be taken off just before the start of the match with an injury.
- The refereeing over the weekend left a lot to be desired. Polokwane City defender Thapelo Tshillo blatantly handled the ball in the box, diving just like a goalkeeper, but a penalty was not awarded to Cape Town City.
- Golden Arrows really let themselves down on Friday night when, after taking a 2-0 lead, they conceded twice through their own bad defending and ended up losing on penalties to Bidvest Wits.
- Slavko Damjanovic’s debut for Wits ended in humiliation, as he got sent off for his high foot challenge which left Siphelele Magubane concussed.
- Siyabonga Dube’s headbutt on Gabadinho Mhango should not go unpunished. This is where a review committee needs to set an example and make it clear to players that they will not tolerate such behaviour.
- Arrows coach Clinton Larsen and his assistant Mandla Ncikazi, as well as Wits coach Gavin Hunt, were all sent off for apparently using foul language on the touchline.