PSL teams raise the bar on the pitch

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AS­SUM­ING that the type of foot­ball dished out by PSL teams this past week is an in­di­ca­tion of things to come, we are on the right track.

A word of cau­tion, though: it’s early days to start crow­ing with de­light about what is in store this sea­son for fans the start­ing gun for the marathon has just sounded.

But if the mid­week dis­play is any­thing to go by, we are in store for an in­ter­est­ing league cham­pi­onship.

In to­tal, 20 goals were scored on Tues­day and Wed­nes­day pos­i­tive pub­lic­ity for South African foot­ball. The mood is that of high con­fi­dence and this, I must point out, is in re­la­tion to the three matches broad­cast live on Wed­nes­day night.

But af­ter two rounds of a to­tal of 30, we hope that PSL play­ers have heeded the call to play en­ter­tain­ing foot­ball and not shy away from shoot­ing at the slight­est op­por­tu­nity maybe a show of greater things to come.

Play­ers alert­ness to cap­i­talise on goal­keeper and de­fence mis­takes is show­ing as they pounce on re­bounds, pun­ish­ing the op­po­si­tion for slop­pi­ness.

So far, it would seem that play­ers are striv­ing to play with no mar­gin for er­ror, sim­ply be­cause a de­feat would def­i­nitely heap on the pres­sure ahead of the next 28 league games.

Play­ers are show­ing the will­ing­ness to com­pete and to match their op­po­nents toe to toe.

The so-called min­nows seek to close the gap by pro­duc­ing de­cent re­sults against some per­ceived big names.

A case in point is de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Mamelodi Sun­downs’ 1-0 loss to Ajax Cape Town when the Cape side’s new cap­tain, Travis Gra­ham, fired a low drive cracker from out­side the box, leav­ing keeper Wayne Sandi­lands sprawled on the turf.

As they say in soc­cer lingo, Bloem­fontein Celtic have Or­lando Pi­rates num­ber.

But af­ter twice be­ing on the back foot, Bucs mid­fielder Oupa Many­isa had the last laugh as his brace earned Bucs a point in the four-goal close call.

Black Aces left-winger Aubrey Ngoma s clin­i­cally ex­e­cuted first-time vol­ley and Kaizer Chiefs mid­fielder Reneilwe Let­sholonyane’s bul­let-like strike have set tongues wag­ging among lovers of the beau­ti­ful game as Amakhosi emerged 2-1 vic­tors.

Off the field, the tac­ti­cal acu­men of the top teams’ coaches is al­ready be­ing put to the test Downs coach Pitso Mosi­mane and Vladimir Ver­me­zovic of Bucs find them­selves hav­ing to an­swer to the fans af­ter only two matches played.

The past sea­son, char­ac­terised by lack­lus­tre foot­ball, a rar­ity of goals and fans doz­ing off should be a thing of the past.

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