Let the games begin again
Well, at long last the wait is over as the local football league is set to resume on Tuesday.
Locals have been starved for action as a result of the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations, but the boredom will be a thing of the past as the teams go on a final home stretch that is the second round of the league programme.
If anything, the second round means there won’t be any room for error as clubs either vie for top spots or to survive the chop.
There are already some mouth-watering clashes to look forward to. Without a doubt, the game most supporters are anticipating is on Saturday when defending champions Mamelodi Sundowns welcome Orlando Pirates at Loftus.
This is the first clash of the season between these two sides and the game should give an indication of how prepared the sides are for the home stretch.
But before this clash, the two have some tricky fixtures to negotiate on Wednesday evening.
Sundowns are away at Bloemfontein Celtic and Pirates are also on the road to Platinum Stars.
With fixtures going to come thick and fast for Sundowns as they are way behind schedule, this will test Pitso Mosimane’s players’ resolve.
It is at the bottom end of the log where clubs will be fighting for survival. The second half of the season should be as much entertaining as demanding, if not more.
The contest is so tight that any side could still be dragged into the relegation dogfight as only a few points separate teams.
Fortunately, the lengthy Christmas break combined with the Afcon recess have given clubs a chance to reinforce their squads as they prepare for the second-half onslaught.
Log leaders SuperSport United have reunited Mandla Masango with his former Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter as they look to strengthen the side ahead of the gruelling second half.
Masango joined a growing long list of former Chiefs players at United which include Morgan Gould, Reneilwe Letsholonyane, Keegan Ritchie, Tefu Mashamaite and Reyaad Pieterse.
In the process, United released Togolese international Dové Womé to Orlando Pirates on loan until the end of the season.
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REUNITED Stuart Baxter and Mandla Masango have reunited at SuperSport United