Five things KickOff.com learnt from PSL, Champions League and Confederation Cup action
Posted: 18 September 2017 Time: 12:45
After a weekend of Absa Premiership, CAF Champions League and Confederation Cup action, KickOff.com looks at five things we learnt.
AmaZulu are in trouble
They bought their way into the PSL and now AmaZulu are struggling in the topflight and they’ve already had a coaching change. The 4-1 defeat to Golden Arrows should be a warning to management that they could find themselves in the First Division next season if there are no improvements in the team.
Baroka, Arrows and Maritzburg will surprise many
These three clubs have started the season so well and they should be considered as possible candidates to finish in the top eight. After beating defending champions Bidvest Wits 3-1, Arrows showed the victory was no fluke with the 4-1 victory over Usuthu. Maritzburg probably have the most organised defence in the league and Baroka are good to watch going forward, but they should not waste the many chances they create.
Pirates need a striker in January
Relying on Thamsanqa Gabuza for goals will be the biggest mistake Pirates make. They should probably look at Ayanda Nkosi and Thabiso Kutumela as options upfront, or get another striker in January. They drew 0-0 with Maritzburg and could have done more to trouble the opposition. Lyle Foster is considered a promising striker for the future, but the responsibility of scoring goals cannot be placed on the youngster.
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Are Chiefs losing it again?
One of the major reasons Amakhosi missed out on the title last season was their inability to stay focused throughout the 90 minutes. They conceded late goals and they did so again in the 1-1 draw with Bidvest Wits on Saturday. If they do not address it, then they are in for another frustrating season.
Sundowns supporters played a big role
Sundowns had a good crowd in their CAF Champions League quarter-final first leg match played at Lucas Moripe Stadium. The supporters on the far side of the stadium, in particular, kept on singing throughout the match and coach Pitso Mosimane said they played a big role in leading the side to a 1-0 victory.