Season marked by heroes, villains

2011-06-04 16:52

At the beginning of every soccer calender, clubs go all out to get players with the hope of making them compete for honours. Unfortunately not all of them rise to the occasion.

There have been many heroes this season, from Isaac Chansa, whose goals helped Orlando ­Pirates clinch the Absa Premiership and Nedbank Cup to ­Thulani Serero who single-handedly carried Ajax Cape Town’s hopes.

Pirates coach Ruud Krol, who was once under fire, has ­also become a hero after leading the club to a treble.

Multiple league-winning coach Gordon Igesund succeeded in helping Moroka Swallows avoid the drop to the National First Division after occupying the last spot for the better half of the season.

But unfortunately, the league has also endured its fair share of villains.

Veteran goalkeeper Hans Vonk whose R10 million mistake cost Ajax the league title as he failed to use his experience to good ­effect.

SuperSport United had to send an SOS to former Bafana goalkeeper Rowen Fernandez to rescue their season after ­Englishman Wayne Brown was found wanting in the ­domestic league.

As was the case last season, Mamelodi Sundowns supporters once again showed their hooliganism by chasing coach Antonio Lopez Habas away and the club finished empty-handed.

After narrowly escaping relegation last season, Mpumalanga Black Aces seemed not to have learnt from that experience as they continued their downward spiral and changed coaches at an alarming rate.

First to go was Savvas ­Ayiomamiti who lasted only three games, followed by former Bafana Bafana captain Neil Tovey, who was sacked after nine games.

Then came Frenchman Paul Dolezar in January, who only got a paltry three points out of a possible 27 despite Aces having signed many new players while releasing 15 – most of whom had campaigned in the first half of the season.

This was a memorable season.

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