A glorious league run

2011-05-28 19:53

The T-shirts that never saw light
Ajax Cape Town public relations officer Thabiso “Shoez” Mekuto was this week still stuck with a box full of T-shirts that were specially made to ­celebrate the Urban Warriors’ first-ever league championship last weekend.

But “no player has seen those T-shirts”, as Mekuto told City Press this week.

“I still have them. I am playing in my mind with whether to rebrand them because the design resembles that of our actual playing jersey,” he said while refusing to ­disclose the message written on them.

“The worst case will be to destroy them.”

Kaizer Chiefs, ­according to media ­liaison officer Luthando Zibeko, did not have the celebratory ­T-shirts on the final day. ­Despite Amakhosi beating AmaZulu 2-1 last weekend, their win was not enough to clinch the championship as their only hope hinged on Ajax and Pirates losing.

In the end, it was the ­Buccaneers who pranced around in their limited edition ­shirts emblazoned “champions” across the chest at Orlando Stadium that afternoon.

The ever presents
Free State Stars goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene has played every minute in Ea Lla Koto’s 30 league matches.

The Zambian international finished second in the club’s top?scorers’ chart jointly on three goals – all scored from the penalty spot – with strikers ­Boitumelo Sekgobela and ­Madoda Motha, and defender Thabo Matlaba. Other players who came close to notching a full complement of matches were Ajax Cape Town’s Hans Vonk, Thanduyise Khuboni (Golden Arrows), Shu-Aib ­Walters (Maritzburg United) and Ramahlwe Mphahlele ­(Moroka Swallows), all of whom made 29 appearances.

Itumeleng Khune, Jimmy Tau (both Chiefs), Happy Jele ­(Orlando Pirates), Francois ­Adams, Rudi Isaacs, Jonathan Armogam (all Vasco Da Gama) and Patrick Tignyemb ­(Bloemfontein Celtic) all ­featured in 28 matches.

Most?games?in?a?row?without?loss
Pirates not only equalled ­SuperSport United’s record for most Premiership titles (three) – since the inception of the PSL – but the Buccaneers also emulated Matsatsantsa a Pitori’s feat from last season – by going 17 matches in a row without defeat.
Pirates’ unbeaten run lasted from ­November 26 to April 6, and they have kept nine clean sheets in the process.

Red card rebels
Thembinkosi ­Fanteni and his teammate ­Thulani Hlatshwayo have ­blemished their impressive ­season with two red cards each, which accounted to Ajax’s total of four send-offs this past ­campaign.

Fanteni, with 10 goals in 20 starts, was red-carded against Pretoria sides SuperSport and Mamelodi Sundowns in ­October and December respectively, while his partner in crime Hlatshwayo was ­dismissed against Santos in February and Pirates in ­October.

Other players who were sent off twice were Free State Stars’ Paulus Masehe and Golden ­Arrows’ Joseph Musonda.

Amazingly, Celtic finished the season without seeing red.

Farewell mates
Ajax’s goalkeeper Hans Vonk (41) and Santos’ defender ­Musa Otieno (38) have retired from competitive football.

The low point

On April 8, the PSL ­announced the disbandment of the Telkom Charity Cup­ after 25 years on the local soccer calender.

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