Monday Column: PSL football is alive and well
Posted: 5 March 2018 Time: 13:00
KickOff.com's Chad Klate has been impressed with how PSL football is producing nail-biting action after a dreary start to the season.
It seems the Absa Premiership has awoken from its slumber, with the title race as well as the top-eight and relegation battles now finally beginning to gain steam.
A sluggish start to the 2017/18 season saw inconsistency hampering the excitement of the domestic league, with the likes of Golden Arrows and Baroka fronting as early title contenders. There were a number of matches that ended in dull draws and the supporters of the local game were starved of goals.
‘Better late than never,’ as the old cliché goes, this weekend’s results amassed 20 goals across eight fixtures and have given a clear indication of the talkers and the walkers, both at the top and bottom ends of the table.
While all eyes were on the big fixture between Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs, Mamelodi Sundowns went about their business as they swept aside AmaZulu to stretch their lead at the top of the log to seven points on Friday evening.
With the usual rivalry hullabaloo taking a backseat to the fact that the championship race depended on it, the Soweto Derby then unfolded in exciting fashion as the Buccaneers stood tall to restore the gap at the top to just four points.
Meanwhile, Free State Stars continued their dream run under Luc Eymael with a come-from behind victory over relegation-threatened Platinum Stars on Saturday evening, to return to third spot on the log – two points behind second-placed Pirates and six behind Sundowns.
Maritzburg United also refused to bow out of the running with a draw at SuperSport United, moving above Chiefs into fourth position with a superior goal difference.
The top-eight fight is also nearing climax, with just two points separating outgoing champions Bidvest Wits, Bloemfontein Celtic, Arrows, Chippa United, AmaZulu and SuperSport from eighth through 13th place.
At the bottom, Dikwena are falling deeper into trouble, having yet to win a game in 2018, while Polokwane City and Ajax Cape Town also find themselves in a spot of bother after once again dropping points on Sunday.
We’re also at the stage of the season where panic and anxiety at management level increases, with Chippa and SuperSport parting ways with coaches Teboho Moloi and Eric Tinkler respectively in the last few days.
It is only a matter of time before we see a couple more changes in technical staff, and Bakgaga coach Kgoloko Thobejane could follow suit, pending the outcome of his suspension hearing.
Judging by these events, we ought to buckle up for the final few weeks of the Absa Premiership, regardless of which club your loyalty lies with.