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

2019-0001

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.

2019-0002

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

2019-0003

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

2019-0004

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

2019-0006

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

2019-0008-Rafiq-Daniels

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

2019-0007

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

2019-0009

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

2019-0010

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

2019-0011

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.

2019-0013

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

Injury Report

2019-0014

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

New Signing

2019-0016-Doctor-Nene

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

2019-0015

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

2019-0017

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.

2019-0018

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

2019-0019

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

2019-0021

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

Match 15/30 – ABSA Premiership

2019-0022

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.

2019-0023

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

2019-0024

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

2019-0025

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.

2019-0027

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

New Signing

2019-0028-Joaquim-Maleco

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

2019-0030

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

Match 16/30 – ABSA Premiership

2019-0029

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.

2019-0031

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

2019-0032

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

2019-0033

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!

2019-0035

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

Match Summary

2019-0036

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

2019-0038

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

Next Episode

2019-0037

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

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