14 March 2017
Tembisa, South Africa
This episode highlights the problem with picking a title early doors. Back when players were dropping like flies, it looked like we were dead men walking. As you will see, this may or may not be accurate!
Blow by Blow
Dumisani Masilela has not been playing since his red card and at 30 he is not a long term option – £5000 for 48 months is the best I could get.
A reasonable draw for us which means I will probably get my 100th game as the last game of this season.
You don’t have to win well if you win. However I would like to do it easier than we did. Once again we have up the first goal, and once again we trailed at the half only to get up and win this game.
A late consolation goal for Tuks could not dull the shine of this great performance. The only down side was that we did not keep a clean sheet.
Another bout of friendlies followed, and we were progressing rather well. Nene, who was our top goalscorer before he was hurt, has resumed training so he should be fit when comp games roll around.
The loss of Moepa Rikhotso for a month is annoying but once again he should be back in time for the hard games.
Then in the final friendly I lose my backup advanced play-maker for the next block of games and…
what the hell??? My top false nine, who by the way was just starting to find his feet, is out for the rest of the season with a broken leg. It seems that if I sign a player he is destined to suffer a long term injury.
We banged in two goals and Black Aces Ricky Ntini picked up two yellow in first 13 minutes. From then the game meandered and while we controlled the match we gave away 2 goals from free kicks to make it closer than it perhaps should have been.
Of course we lose another key player for two months – for the second time this season. The team is jinxed it would seem.
A good solid win for us in the Nedbank Cup 1st Round as we overcame a spirited Thanda Royal Zulu team. Things are looking good for us in the cup…
… but wait is that a a knock at the door. Another injury for us as we lose our backup defensive midfield player Leslie Tseka for effectively the rest of the season as well.
We were outplayed totally in this match. Whatever I tried didn’t seem to work. The injury situation is not helping either. Still the show must go on.
The Nedbank Cup draw sees us come up against Sundowns, against whom we have some history in this competition.
Last time out against them we had a scoreless draw so this match is no gimmee.
I am very proud of the lads who bounced back following the last match debacle.
Youngster Thabo Majola was a revelation scoring two very good goals which proved to be sufficient. We defended well against a stronger second half showing by Ajax.
Sheesh – another injury with the numbers six to eight! This time it is only days not weeks or months – but 2 days out from 2 games in 5 days… gutted!
Platinum Stars dominated the opening but it was Makhathini who took his chance to put us ahead. Makaringe bagged a second before half time. This proved to be enough to see through.
A fantastic second half performance saw us come out victorious and through to the next round. Young Majola was a revelation and is making strong claims to start ahead of Dyer in the false nine spot.
The Quarter Final draw has been kind to us as we dodge SuperSport United and instead draw Milano United who are having a poor season in the second Tier.
Looking back over the results I am surprised. I never realised that we were having such a good run. Maybe the injuries were distorting the picture?
SuperSport United have pulled away at the top of the table. We are heading the chasing pack of four, which is in turn distancing itself from the rest. So five teams are chasing four spots.
The home stretch offers some challenges for us with a host of good teams still to face. This includes a finishing run against the teams currently in 3rd, 4th and 5th places. I guess that means the future is in our hands.
Meet Motoo Nogi, my new Japanese import. Part of my January move to strengthen the spine of the side.
Agnostinho Kangila is an Angolan Gem unearthed on a recent foray into that country.
Armando Duarte comes in as I look to improve my advanced play-maker slot in midfield. The two central mid-fielders do a huge amount of running and need frequent rotations.
So there you have it. We are still in the hunt for African Champions league places, and maybe even a cup win! Tune in next time to see how things pan out!