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Chiefs and Pirates seem to be turning season around


Pirates had been experiencing an indifferent run of form of sorts thus far this season. So too were Chiefs.

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All I can say is “wow”. You just can’t keep a good team down. When you are good chances are that you will bounce back from adverse times. This much was evident all over Mzansi at the weekend as the sports loving populace was rewarded with memorable wins from their favourite teams.

In Gauteng the two major exports of that province – Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates kicked into their winning ways almost as if they were being synchronised by an unseen hand. Pirates had been experiencing an indifferent run of form of sorts thus far this season. So too were Chiefs.

At the weekend, however, both teams awoke from that seemingly long slumber and it just so happened to that they bumped off adversaries who had hurt them not so long ago.

It was almost becoming a mantra at other teams that when they tote up their wins they summarily pencil in a win against Pirates and Chiefs even in the run up to the games against either the Buccaneers or the Amakhosi.

Well, those times were thrown overboard at the weekend as both sides threw off the yoke of under-achievement and gave a clear signal of their long hoped-for return to winning ways with resounding victories in their respective games.

As a matter of fact Chiefs scored four times in their match against Cape Town City while Pirates slotted three against their own goliath of not so long ago, SuperSport United.

It is a strange thing with football that when either of these teams fail to win matches without end it seems as though things, like the economy, have also gone into a depression.

One can even form the impression that when the same run of bad form happens with other teams it sort of seems that they deserve what is happening to them. The world of sports is unfair in that way.

As for Chiefs, at some point things were so bad that the many loyal supporters were starting to take the team apart by questioning the inclusion in on-pitch sides of the likes of Siphiwe “Shabba” Tshabalala and Itumeleng Khune. The fans also turned on the management style, or lack thereof, of Bobby Motaung and his so-called tendency of acquiring team personnel on the cheap.

At Pirates the pressure on the players got so bad that one of them, Thamsanqa Gabuza, once famously threw his jersey into a crowd of supporters apparently in anger over their constant criticism of him. Now that will not be happening again any time soon.

The good times are back and evidence thereof was available aplenty over the past weekend.

These two teams have by no stretch of the imagination captured completely turned their seasons around yet, but the signs that they are likely to do so have been ably demonstrated over those singular games. I know some will say one swallow does not make a summer, but what the heck, scouts and spies are usually sent ahead of the army.

The good football vibe also rubbed off on the national women’s side. Banyana Banyana shook off a past indiferent form that bothered them in especially the Cosafa zone championships.

They opened their account in that competition with a resounding victory over Botswana.

You see in the past teams in this zone used not to be a worrisome factor for any of the Mzansi national sides until that cheeky Botswana turned the tables on our pride in a “dusty” encounter in that country and we had to eat humble pie. Then Mauritius found the courage to belittle us as well and the rot truly set in as of then.

Now that has undoubtedly taught us a lesson, and that is not to take our Cosafa playmates for granted any more.

They are capable of rubbing our collective nose in the dirt if we do not have our ducks in a row. So it’s well that we be on our best behaviour when we meet them, and remember that we have to always go to them with whip in hand.