41: New Year Kicks Off

14 February 2019
Tembisa, South Africa

We had a pretty good start to the year, despite the loss against Kaiser Chiefs. We had to battle through a period where we were down five first choice players who were on international duty.

Blow by Blow

Match 12/30 – ABSA Premiership


First match of the new year sees us come up against the high flying Kaizer Chiefs. The have been on a real run and we need to win this to pull them back some.


Radzi is back which is a boost. However we are without four players who are on international duty, and three injuries.


The pundits agree we are up against it. Somehow we have to find a way to win this.


We started poorly and very quickly found ourselves 2-0 behind. Despite our best efforts we couldn’t make up the ground.


It was a close game, and one I would have liked to win. We are almost up to the same level as the Chiefs.

New Signing


This lad is a player for the future. He is my new number two right back and will be starting against the Platinum Stars.

Match 13/30 – ABSA Premiership


We have to turn things around. The match against Platinum Stars is the best place to start.


Same starting line-up as the last match, with the exception of Daniels getting his first start for the club.


We need to turn things about here. We should be favourites to do this today.


We made hard work of it, but we made it happen! At the end of the day we have the win, the three points, and a certain level of piece of mind.


We dominated most of the match, but yet again we were not clinical enough in front of goal.

Injury Report


Grrr – another injury to a starter. This time at left back where I have some cover but not a huge amount.

New Signing


Doctor Nene is in the house. I have had my eye on him for a season or so and finallt decided to add him to the squad. He is a very good young player who will fit into the team well. Especially as we have just lost Ngcobo out injured.

Match 14/30 – ABSA Premiership


That 3-5-2 formation again. It makes me rather nervous.


Lavet is back from injury and takes his place on the pitch. Radzi is given a breather, as is Grigorjevs so Majola and Ali replace them. Young Twala gets a start in the midfield.


Ajax Cape Town have been struggling this season and so we are comfortable favourites in this match.


We were poor out there today, but did enough for a mellowpuff.


We were dominant in most phases, however our efforts in front of goal were poor.

Match 15/30 – ABSA Premiership


These boys are propping up the league and shouldn’t offer any real resistance to us. Of course the plans of mice and men often go astray.


Both new full backs on display. Tseka back from Injury.


The critics believe we should win this battle, and I am confident that we can prevail.


We had a bad game on attack. 24 shots, 5 on target. On the plus side, Kaizer Chiefs lost so a point keeps us in there.


We dominated everywhere but couldn’t find the net. A replay of last matches performance.

New Signing


Angolan international Joaquim Maleco comes in as a partner for Tseka for 355K. This will free Zech to move forward out of the Defensive Midfield role.

Injury Report


Only my 4th choice center back and only out for a short time so not too bad.

Match 16/30 – ABSA Premiership


The 4-2-2-2 formation has been a threat with the advanced wide midfielders. As long as we are on our game I am reasonably confident.


We have pretty much a full strength side available, for the first time this year following the internationals and injuries.


I am happy with the squad and where we are at, despite our inconsistent efforts in front of goal.


It took a while to get started. In the second half we pulled away and made it look comfortable. More importantly our shooting boots were back!


The key today was our ability to get more than 50% of our shots on target.

Match Summary


A rarity for this season. Five games played which were all league fixtures. The loss to Kaizer Chiefs the only blot on the copybook.

League Table


Second place reasonable comfortably, and still in touch with Kaizer Chiefs.

Next Episode


The Rollercoaster ride resumes. Nedbank Cup, CAF Super Cup and CAF Champions League Prelim Round.

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