The 2017/18 PSL season has a lot of new surprises. The log leaders are the teams that have been fighting relegation since their first time in the PSL. They are now at the top of the league and enjoying every moment. Baroka FC and Lamontville Golden Arrows are two teams that have never tasted how it feels to be at the top of the league table since they started playing in the PSL but right now they are having fun at the top.
The defending champions Bidvest Wits FC are at the bottom of the table and facing relegation if tings cannot change. The team has been relegated from the PSL before under the guidance of Roger De Sa who is now coaching struggling Platinum Stars FC. Gavin Hunt is now looking at the possibility of signing new hungry players in the January transfer window period.
Let us look at the current happenings in the PSL and the Bafana Bafana team that is facing a mountain of qualifying for 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia:
Itumeleng Khune completed his first training session with Bafana Bafana on Wednesday morning, as preparations for Friday’s 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Senegal intensified. Golden Arrows coach Clinton Larsen is unsurprised he has outlasted a number of his predecessors at the club.
Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder Tiyani Mabunda completed his first training session with Bafana Bafana in Polokwane this morning after being called up as a late replacement. SAFA insist they will speedily investigate allegations of match-fixing in the Sasol Women’s League.
Mamelodi Sundowns’ Khama Billiat, Orlando Pirates captain Thabo Matlaba and two Kaizer Chiefs players are among the contenders for the Absa Premiership Goal of the Month award for October. Mthatha Bucks have parted ways with coach Ian Palmer shortly after he suffered a family bereavement.
Former South Africa international Delron Buckley has questioned the level of commitment by some of the current Bafana Bafana crop, feeling that too many are happy to remain in a comfort zone. Cape Town City coach Benni McCarthy says his side need to take each game as it comes, but admits the international break has come at an opportune time for the club.
Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter says South Africans should be worried if players are going to make turning down call-ups a trend. Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Siphiwe Tshabalala says they will not allow Bafana Bafana’s chaotic week so far to affect them ahead of the crucial 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Senegal.
First Division campaigners Mbombela United have brought back Aschwin Sutton following the sacking of Petrus Chauke. Orlando Pirates defender Brian Hlongwa says the National First Division is no place for the faint-hearted. Bafana Bafana midfielder Andile Jali suffered a slight injury in today’s training session in Polokwane as the national squad prepares to play Senegal this Friday. Stuart Baxter confirmed the 27-year-old was pulled out of training after suffering what appeared to be a twisted ankle.
Bafana Bafana head coach Stuart Baxter confirmed that Bongani Zungu’s fine would be paid by the South African Football Association. Baxter noted that the policy with regards to settling the fines of player is that if a player gets fined for what the FA considers to be an act committed in the line of duty, then SAFA will pay the fine.