12 November 2016
Tembisa, South Africa
One third of the way through the season and we are exceeding all expectations. Still top of the pile and looking good! We have a tough run of fixtures coming up in the next few weeks, including games against Kaiser Chiefs, Bloem Celtic and Orlando Pirates to look forward to. If we can get through these games we stand a good chance of being in the mix in the new year.
Blow by Blow
Against Ajax CT we struggled to impose ourselves in a game bereft of any real quality. We went 1-0 down to a 39 minute free kick and it wasn’t until almost half time that we had a shot at goal. I read the team the riot act at half time and although they tried hard, the could not get back into the game.
Our poor form carried over into the Telkom Knockout Cup where we put in an abject display against Tuks. We didn’t look like the same team that beat them 3-1 in our last meeting, and we were hammered as a result.
Back to winning ways following a fine first half which saw us put three goals past Platinum Stars. The contrast between this result and the two previous games was marked and we strolled out to a 3-0 half-time lead which while we didn’t add to, proved too much to overhaul.
A visit to Durban based Amazulu was next. The first half was an arm wrestle, however when Amazulu had a player sent off the match turned in our favour and became a blow-out.
Following this match we lost another key player, Rafiq Nene, for 6-7 weeks with a sports hernia. He has been our primary right attacking midfielder and top goal-scorer due to the injury suffered by first choice Joseph Ralebakeng.
Next up were previous champions Sundowns FC. The game was very even with the defence on both sides cancelling each other out. In the end one point each was a fair result.
This season is turning into a dream season and I would be disappointed should we finish lower than fourth. Another good win for the boys against solid Polokwane City.
Due to injuries and fixture congestion I was forced to give a debut to 17 year old Teboho Ntaitsane, and the lad didn’t disappoint! Two goals on debut for the young right winger was pleasing indeed.
I have been filling the international break gaps with friendlies against local teams. I am playing my third ranked players in these fixtures to see how they are developing.
We are top for now, although the teams immediately below us have games in hand. No real surprises here, apart from us, 50-1 outsiders to win the league!
The business end of this year sees us matched up against second, fourth and fifth placed teams in succession.
Top Ten Transfers
We appeared to sell the crown jewels. However I am confident I made the correct call in both of these deals.
David Nkurunziza joined us on a late free transfer, and is part of my plan to build a solid core of experienced players who have a few years left in the tank. He hasn’t been exactly banging in the goals, but as a false nine he is not expected to be the prime scorer.
Added a new reserves manager to my team. Due to the fact I have all of my development players in the reserves so the piggy back on the first team coaching set-up I have a limited junior coaching set-up.
Onwards and Upwards
Well that wraps it up for this report. I will be back next year when I hopefully can report on how we are still top of the heap!