36: Out on Away Goals

31 August 2018
Tembisa, South Africa

We suffered the ignominy of an unscheduled exit from the MTN 8 Cup on away goals. We just couldn’t find the goals we needed to win and suffered the consequence.

Blow by Blow

New Signing

2018-0189-Charles-Ali

Charles Ali looks like a good find for us. Unfortunately he doesn’t seem to be eligible for the Champions League, and I don’t know why.

Injury News

2018-0190

Zech will miss the first couple of games this season. Not ideal but not a total disaster.

2018-0192

Ralebakeng is not likely to play any meaningful minutes for us this year so no great loss.

CAF Champions League Group A Match 1/6

2018-0193

Good to finally get under way. They play a 4-4-2 which typically does not pose problems for us.

2018-0194

We have been made favourites. I am feeling good about our chances here.

2018-0195

We totally blanked them! 67% possession and zero opposition shots tell the tale. A great result for us.

2018-0197

Nothing much more to add than we totally destroyed them.

Injury News

2018-0198

Gertse is my key backup leftback. To lose him for 6 weeks is a problem.

CAF Champions League Group A Match 2/6

2018-0199

These guys won their first match, so I can’t take them lightly. They seem to favour attacking down the right flank, and play a 4-4-2. Should be a good match.

2018-0200

I don’t like this formation at all! looks like they are setting up to counter attack. No changes for us following the last match.

2018-0201

They agree with my assessment that we may struggle here.

2018-0202

My fears were correct. They were hard to play against. When they got back level they were starting to control the game, and it took effort to stick to my guns. In the end we finished better, and that was the difference.

2018-0204

We did OK, and most importantly we bagged the 3 points. Lavet is back scoring, while Radzi looked good. His passing was a little off, however.

MTN 8 Cup Quarter Final

2018-0205

FS Stars have been a handful, and we have not really dominated any of our matches against them. We have only lost once though, however that cost us second place!

2018-0206

After our opening two matches I expected a little more from the team. In the end we had to rely on penalties to advance.

2018-0208

ABSA Premiership Match 1/30

2018-0209

Our season opened sees us face Platinum Stars in what should be a good contest.

2018-0210

Platinum Stars have not had much fun against us. It was my intention to ensure they didn’t today either.

2018-0211

We did exactly what we needed to and kept another clean sheet. We are off and running ine theLeague.

2018-0213

Grigorjevs deserved his POM award with a top hat-trick. After his disappointing season last season it is time for him to step up.

CAF Champions League Group A Match 3/6

2018-0214

The defending champions find themselves at the bottom of the group. It is my intention to keep them there.

2018-0215

Looks like the bookmakers don’t believe we have a chance. I do so enjoy a challenge.

2018-0216

We have almost a full first choice line-up, with the exception of Makeringe who is on international duty.

2018-0217

Well we proved the bookmakers wrong with a storming game. We dominated possession and starved them of ball. The only complaint could be that we didn’t score more goals!

2018-0219

Lavet was POM today and thoroughly deserved to be. It was his passes which set-up both goals.

2018-0220

Our composite pass map. That is what possession dominance looks like!

ABSA Premiership Match 2/30

2018-0221

Another 3-5-2 formation which we find hard to deal with.

2018-0222

One change from my original best line-up as Makaringe starts on the bench this week as Muhimpundu is preferred in the midfield.

2018-0223

We start as favourites in this match. The key is can we overcome the opposition formation.

2018-0226

I think we proved we can! Lavet looks a different player when the ball is played into his feet, and he bagged a double today.

2018-0225

A very solid performance. Pleasing to see a 90% pass completion ratio. Of the 7 long shots, 5 were long range free kicks.

Injury Update

2018-0228

This is annoying. Tseka has been developing really well and has been a key player in our performances this season.

MTN 8 Cup Semifinal Leg 1

2018-0229

The guys play a 4-4-2 which is not a formation that scares me.

2018-0230

I have made five changes for this match, some due to injury and some for fitness. Ali is starting on the right flank as an inside forward rather than an advanced playmaker however.

2018-0231

Despite the uphevals to our starting line-up we are still considered favourite. I’m not sure I agree with that assessment.

2018-0232

Given that we had to rest a number of key players I will happily take a draw. The only downside is that it wasn’t away.

2018-0234

Passing success was down due to only having one forward playmaker. Still we didn’t do too badly and I’m happy with the point.

New Signing

2018-0236-Ransford-Asante

MTN 8 Cup Semifinal Leg 2

2018-0235

The long ball assists are a thing to watch, especially after they scored their goal from one.

2018-0237

A much stronger line-up with the only surprise being Ali preferred over Lavet. This is more because we have a champions league match in four days.

2018-0238

Very tight call this. I’m hoping that we can pull a win out away.

2018-0240

Disappointing performance. We looked a shadow of our former selves, and couldn’t get a shot on target to save ourselves.

2018-0241

It was a game where both sides cancelled the other out. We just couldn’t find a way through.

Match Summary

2018-0243

Undefeated but still out of the cup.

League Table

2018-0246

Second, but with a game in hand. With the cup ties I may have a few games in hand for a while.

Champions League Group

2018-0245

Sitting on top of the group. No complaints here.

Next Episode

2018-0244

The actual fixtures covered may change depending on the next cup, plus Champions League draw.

 

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