7 most memorable moments of 2019/20

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What would football be without shocking and unexpected moments? Like any other season, 2019/20 has given us drama on and off the field.

As we begin 21 days of lockdown, KickOff.com looks back at seven of the most impactful moments of a pulsating PSL season so far.

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From Pitso Mosimane's war of words with Ernst Middendorp to his claims that Kaizer Chiefs were benefiting from referees, this season had everything going for it. We can only hope its resumption will be just as good.

1. 'Micho' resigns at Pirates

The unexpected happened on the 16th of August 2019 when Orlando Pirates announced the resignation of head coach Milutin Sredojevic around 22h30 at night ahead of a crucial MTN8 encounter against Highlands Park,

This event changed their season completely.

There were some unanswered questions raised by the die-hard fans of the club, who had very high hopes for the team after finishing second last season, losing the league on the last day to Mamelodi Sundowns.

The brave and intelligent Rhulani Mokwena, who was the first assistant coach at the time, took over the reins from the Serb and placed all the pressure from confused and disappointed fans on his young shoulders.

2. Gabuza's painful secret

The same Highlands Park that defeated Pirates in the first round of the MTN8 went on to meet SuperSport United in the final, which was led by a rejuvenated Thamsanqa Gabuza.

After accomplishing his mission of helping Matsatsantsa win their first trophy of the season, Gabuza revealed a very painful secret he was hiding through it all after losing his son and not attending his funeral.

Gabuza said he didn't want kill the mood and focus in the camp for his teammates ahead of the final.

The selfless striker was praised by almost every football-loving supporter for his courage and attitude of putting the club first even during the most difficult time.

3. Chiefs send a strong message

After Chiefs failed to qualify for the top eight and lost to TS Galaxy in the Nedbank Cup final last season, many thought Ernst Middendorp wouldn't return to Naturena.

But the German coach came with another masterplan to change things around, bringing in new, unknown soldiers like Samir Nurkovic and Kearyn Baccus who have contributed a lot to Amakhosi, especially in the first round of Absa Premiership matches.

Chiefs sent a strong message by beating both Sundowns and Orlando in the space of five weeks and four encounters, twice in the league and twice in the cups – if we count the Shell Helix Ultra Cup friendly and Telkom Knockout.

4. Judas fixes the country

Judas Moseamedi has been rather hit-and-miss throughout his PSL career but returned to fame this season in spectacular style season by bringing down the mighty Kaizer Chiefs at the peak of their powers in the Telkom Knockout semi-final.

Amakhosi had been threatening to run away with the league title after a series of wins and appeared to be unstoppable until Moseamedi banged in two goals at Mbombela Stadium to silence the fans in black and gold and "fix the country".

He then made special arrangements to ensure his mother attended the final against Sundowns, where he scored, but Mauricio Affonso scored two.

5. Comitis exposes Becker, as promised

Mpho Makola was a very naughty boy. He shoved a referee in frustration after the official awarded a penalty to Kaizer Chiefs in the MTN8 last 16.

The PSL Disciplinary Committee was quick to slap the player with a six-month suspension for his actions, sending shockwaves through the league due to the severity of the punishment considering the soft nature of the 'assault'.

Cape Town City chairman vowed to "expose Nande Becker", the PSL prosecutor, upon appeal and eventually got his victory.

Makola's ban was reduced to four matches, setting a precedent that would later help Ricardo Goss and Sameegh Doutie of Bidvest Wits after they committed a similar offence in January, receiving the same effective punishment.

6. Komphela fights for African culture

There have been many incidents creating debate about African rituals and football rules after the case of Golden Arrows players Siyabonga Dube and Sibusiso Sibeko, who were forced to remove 'Isiphandla' during their Telkom Knockout match against Polokwane City.

Arrows coach Steve Komphela was left fuming over what he believed was disrespect shown towards African culture by the match officials, whom he said were "following rules made up by a white man".

Recently Black Leopards player Xolani Ndlovu was also forced to remove 'Incweba' – a ritual necklace to protect one's self from any danger one could encounter – but his elders have now allowed him to remove it without consequence.

7. The disappearance and return of Rhulani

After walking the plank at the Sea Robbers in December following a frustrating spell, Mokwena disappeared for an extended leave of absence to make way for new coach Jozef Zinnbauer.

'Picasso' could have filled up a number of places in this article, particularly for his antics as Bucs coach during pressure-filled encounters against arch-rivals Chiefs, but it was his next coaching move that was the most significant.

It came as a shock to many in early March when trigger-happy Chippa United unveiled Mokwena as their new head coach on an unprecedented loan deal from Pirates.

'Mlungisi' has been tipped to change things around at the Chilli Boys with his modern approach.

Which other moments were the most memorable for you this season? Give us your feedback below!

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