The Monday Column: PSL must up its game

I could not believe my eyes when I looked at the PSL table last night and saw Orlando Pirates sitting in second place after ending a six-game winless run, just a point off the top of the table.

What surprised me even more was seeing Baroka FC at the summit, despite the club going five matches without a win. Baroka have won four of their 12 games and they’ve been on top of the table for about two months now. Out of a possible 36 points, they have collected 19 and, I repeat, they are still top of the table.

Bidvest Wits, the defending champions, are bottom of the table on nine points, 10 behind Baroka, but they are not out of the running to win the league title. Crazy right?

Some would say that the PSL is unpredictable and competitive, compared to leagues such as La Liga and Bundesliga where the same teams challenge for the title, but it’s not the case.

At the moment, the standard of football in the PSL is just not good enough and there needs to be an improvement. Our league is known as one of the best on the continent, but the numbers and performances on the pitch tell a different story.

In the last six days, there were 14 matches played in the league and 12 of them ended in draws. Only Mamelodi Sundowns and Pirates celebrated victories, which should be a cause for concern.

Players miss glorious opportunities, possession is turned over far too easily, some players struggle with their first touches while others can’t pick a pass from range. Hardly anyone this season has won two matches in a row. And these are professional players who get paid to do what they do.

To top it off, the level of refereeing is at an all time low. This is what we’ve been subjected to in the PSL but surely it can’t go on for the whole season? There needs to be improvements.

There’s been 12 rounds of football for almost all the clubs in the league, but we still don’t have an idea who is going to win the league or who will be relegated. By this time we should at least have a picture of which sides could claim the title and who will be going down to the National First Division.

A league should be competitive, where teams are battling it out for top honours, with last-minute goals and edge-of-the-seat type of action. But we are not seeing that at the moment.

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