The Premier Soccer League (PSL) is currently in the first half of the new season and the teams are all geared for the best finish in the campaign. Last season was one of the best in South African football as all the teams were very competitive. Gone are the days where there used to be small and big teams in South African football. Let us look at the current happenings in the PSL:
The PSL title race:
The teams that are currently fighting for the championship are Baroka FC, Golden Arrows FC, Cape Town City FC, Bloemfontein Celtic FC and Mamelodi Sundowns FC. All the above mentioned teams are looking forward to lift the ABSA Premiership trophy but the sad thing is that only one team will be able to lift the trophy. The table is very different to that of last season where Bidvest Wits was also part of the top teams.
Cape Town City FC are still new in the PSL and they have already won the Telkom Knockout Cup. The team is under the guidance of Benni McCarthy who managed to win the UEFA Champions League as a player and also coached in Belgium where he was an assistant coach. Benni is currently at position 3 in the log and is doing everything he can to challenge for the title.
It is clear that the experience Benni gained in those competitions helped his coaching career. He has won a lot of monthly awards in the PSL and is looking forward to win the Coach of the Year Award at the end of the season especially if he manages to win the league with Cape Town City. He is a man with a lot of dreams.
Golden Arrows are doing their best to challenge for the league but slowly they seem to be reaching their destination. The Clinton Larsen led side has played tremendous football this season and there is no doubt that the players and management are looking forward to be crowned champions at the end of the season. Their target man Lerato Lamola is the reason they are challenging for the title this season.
Mamelodi Sundowns are still in with a chance of winning the title. The Pitso Mosimane led team were the African champions and looking forward to lift the trophy again. Their win against Bidvest Wits was a moral booster as they started the new season very slow as they dropped a lot of points in the beginning.
Kaizer Chiefs on the other hand were knocked out of the Telkom Knockout Cup by Bidvest Wits last weekend which provides them with enough time to prepare for the league challenge as it is ending at the end of May. The Steve Komphela led team played to a goalless draw with Amazulu where their goalkeeper and captain was their savior once again.
Supersport United’s chances of challenging for the title are very slim as the team has lost vital points in their last two matches. The Eric Tinkler led side are still in with a chance of winning the CAF Confederations Cup which they already played the first leg match in Lubumbashi (DRC) where they lost by 2 – 1.
The relegations zone:
Currently teams facing the relegation zone are Bidvest Wits FC, Platinum Stars and Ajax Cape Town FC. Surprisingly Bidvest Wits are the defending champions as they won last season’s PSL title. The three teams are the perfect candidates to play football in the NFD next season if they fail to collect enough points to avoid the axe.