New season holds promise

2010-07-25 10:26

New faces

Missing was the flurry of signings that usually characterises the

off-season but football followers should get used to seeing ex-SuperSport United

winger Daine Klate in an Orlando Pirates shirt, Sthembiso Ngcobo (ex-Free State

Stars) in a Kaizer Chiefs jersey, Richard Henyekane (ex-Golden Arrows) and

Thapelo Tshilo (ex-Jomo Cosmos) in Mamelodi Sundowns colours.

There are also a few overseas returnees in the PSL such as Bradley

Carnell (from Germany), Kermit Erasmus (Holland) at SuperSport and Bryce Moon

(Greece) is set to rejoin Ajax Cape Town on loan. Also back home is Sibusiso

Zuma who arrived from Denmark this week and immediately trained with newly

promoted Cape club Vasco da Gama.

The Golden Arrows bench will have a different set-up after they

hired a foreign coach – Serbian Zoran Filipovic – for the first time in their


The return of top-flight soccer to the townships

Sundowns will mark their return to HM Pitje Stadium – for the first

time since 2005 – when they host Moroka Swallows at the 25?000-seater Mamelodi

venue on August 28.

Soccer City will also host its first domestic soccer event in four

years when the Telkom Charity Cup spectacular returns to the “home of SA soccer”

on August 7.

Township-based fans are already enjoying walks within close stadium

proximity at Harry Gwala in Pietermaritzburg, Dobsonville and Orlando stadiums

in Soweto.

Derby clashes in the next five months

KZN derby: AmaZulu vs Maritzburg United (Moses Mabhida, Aug 29),

Maritzburg vs Golden Arrows (Harry Gwala, Sept 17); Tshwane derby: Downs vs

SuperSport (HM Pitje, Sept 18) Soweto derby: Swallows vs Chiefs (Dobsonville,

Oct 6), Pirates vs Chiefs (Orlando, Nov 13), Swallows vs Pirates (Dobsonville,

Dec 18); Free State derby: Free State Stars vs Bloemfontein Celtic (Charles

Mopeli, Dec 22).


The 2010/11 campaign will be Sundowns goalkeeper Brian Baloyi’s

17th season in the big league.

Should the 36-year-old command a regular place,

he stands a chance to reach a record 500 league appearances. He stands at more

than 460.

New talent

Chiefs have promoted four SA Under-20 internationals and defender

Lucky Baloyi is the one to watch.

Love it or hate it – the Jabulani ball is here to stay

PSL chief operating officer ­Ronnie Schloss has confirmed that only

the Jabulani ball will be used in all the league’s cup competitions. The World

Cup match ball will be used in the Telkom Charity and the MTN8 cups next


Technological innovations

In addition to the referee’s communications kit, the league has

introduced a new online capturing system.

Information on yellow cards,

suspensions, substitutions, goals etc, will be available immediately in the

database management system.

A local coach winning the championship

The last five PSL titles were won by locals – Neil Tovey (2006),

Gordon Igesund (2007) and Gavin Hunt (from 2008 to 2010).

The fans’ “one-stop” shop

Welcome back to the Mamas and other stadium vendors.

The long wait for pap en vleis and cellular (a nip of brandy) is

­finally over as R25 will get a hungry fan a sumptuous plate of

dumpling/rice/pap served with chicken/beef and a choice of side salad – enough

to keep you full for the entire day.

Local soccer fanatics were ­severely hit in

the pocket by inflated food and beverage prices during the World Cup.

A half-a-litre cooldrink cost R15, a chicken burger went for R40

while a full meal was charged at up to R50.

Extensive hours of footie on TV

For those who still suffer a hangover from the World Cup, there

will be close on 290 hours of live broadcasts of domestic matches on

SuperSport’s Super Diski.

Laduma on SABC is also a channel of choice for any

soccer addict.

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