The calibre of pretenders to Jordaan's throne does not inspire much confidence in the future of the league should he step down
Excusez-moi for stating the obvious like brand Premier Soccer League is on fire these days. The association has for at least the past fortnight delivered the tinder by the truckloads which clubs and coaches set alight without much restraint.
For a random start let’s take the Orlando Pirates vs Ajax Cape Town league game a fortnight ago. Under the shadow of the Outeniqua mountains Ajax’s perpetual prodigal coach Muhsin Ertugral refashioned the team’s hope of a extended stay in the super stakes with a thunderous slaying of the Buccaneers. For the record that match ended 3-0 in favour of the Cape side.
The two were matched up again just this weekend in a Nedbank Cup last 32 encounter. As one would have expected, sparks flew.
After all, this was in many ways a grudge game and Bucs were out to exact revenge on the Urban Warriors. This time the pendulum swung in favour of the Sea Robbers. It’s a pity Pirates failed to nail a third goal against the Warriors, same as the latter did to them in the Cape.
The other is the Kaizer Chiefs versus Golden Arrows rubber in the same Nedbank Cup competition. From the brief replays of the game it looks as though an uncharacteristically livewire Arrows had the Amakhosi on the backfoot for most of the time OK all of the first half. Point of fact is that the Naturena lads seemed to have scored their three goals to no reply much against the run of play and in the second half at that.
The clash between Bloemfontein Celtics and SuperSport United must have been watched by those interested in Matsatsantsa a Pitori’s progress thus far in league and competition matches with the latter under the fretful watch of coach Eric Tinkler.
You see, a seemingly dejected or demotivated Tinkler said ahead of the game he was not keen on the Cup encounter seeing that it won’t help a jot to pull his side back from the brink of possible “extinction” ala Moroka Swallows.
Tinkler might as well have said to the opposing coach that he would not stand in their way to making oodles of moolah from the sponsors. Being down and out with money is not the same as being stone broke. As things turned out Tinkler and his merry men chose to be broke but still in the league looking out for a lifeline.
Then there is the rise and rise of Bidvest Wits from the doldrums of the Premier Soccer League. Wits had, at the beginning of the season, found themselves in the funky basement position of the league despite their sterling performance a month or so before. Remember they ended league winners after a hundred-year battle.
To demonstrate that the gods of football still have faith in Gavin Hunt, the former midfielder-cum-striker’s abilities, the Clever Boys earned an away trip to Mauritius at the weekend courtesy of their good standing in the CAF Champions League rankings.
According to reports Hunt is not at all impressed with his lot’s performance in the tropical paradise. He is quoted as saying their showing over there was more or less the same as in the Premier Soccer League.
Be that as it may, Wits came away from that CAF Champions League second leg qualifier with a 2-0 advantage. As the man said, the real job of digging the side out of the downside of the league still awaits. From where Wits is placed at 14th spot the PSL’s sheer drop is one lost match away.
Lastly, this humble column is not an apologist for Safa head Danny Jordaan, but the calibre of pretenders to his throne does not inspire much confidence in the future of the league should he step down.