PSL teams raise the bar on the pitch
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.