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Mosimane deserves Q3 Coach of the Month award

Pitso "My Lady" Mosimane deserves the Premier Soccer League (PSL) Coach of the Month accolade ahead of Clive "The Dog" Barker. Mosimane’s tactical organisation stood head and the shoulders above the rest when closing the points gap with Kaizer Chiefs.

I am disappointed that feelings than merits were used to decide the coach of the month award.

Barker did well but Mosimane superior tactics made difference to the PSL log by overthrown Chiefs from the top. That's an achievement after Chiefs 12 points gap at the top has been reduced to 3 points deficit with the top team Mamelodi Sundowns.

We need to reward coach of the month based on tactical merits than personal feelings. Farouk Khan has abused his position to satisfied his personal desire.

The Mpumalanga Black Aces famous wins against Orlando Pirates and Chiefs fall under Q4 not Q3.

By Owen Mundalamo

PSL confirms Nedbank Cup Semis dates, venues

The Premier Soccer League (PSL) has confirmed the date, times and venues for the 2013/14 Nedbank Cup Semi-Finals.

The first semi-final clash will be between Bidvest Wits and Kaizer Chiefs at the Bidvest Stadium on Saturday, 03 May 2014. Kick-off is at 15H00.

Later that night, KZN-based Maritzburg United will welcome Soweto Giants Orlando Pirates at the Harry Gwala Stadium. Kick-off is at 20H15.

Nedbank Cup Semi-final Fixture List:

Saturday, 03 May 2014
Bidvest Wits vs Kaizer Chiefs- 15h00 (Bidvest Stadium)
Maritzburg United vs Orlando Pirates- 20h15 (Harry Gwala Stadium)

Vermezovic - Pirates need 2/3 wins to secure top 8 spot

Orlando Pirates coach Vladimir Vermezovic was pleased with his boys’ commitment and fighting spirit against tactical organised Maritzburg United. Helder Pelembe scored Pirates’ solitary goal towards the end of the game.

The victory against United moved Pirates to the 4th spot in the Premier Soccer League (PSL) log with 4 points clear from the 8th spot Bloemfontein Celtic.  Pirates hasn’t yet secured top 8 spot as teams behind have a chance to topple them from the top 4.

Vermezovic confessed that despite a win, Maritzburg United played very well with solid defence but his players were tired emotional and physical after an intensive Nedbank Cup game against Mamelodi Sundowns.

“It was a difficult game for us, you know 3 days ago we played against Sundowns, my players were emotional and physical empty against United. It was very difficult to play United with very good squad and coach.  It is very important 3 points for us. We can breathe and wait for Monday’s game against Bloemfontein Celtic. We need 2 to 3 wins to secure our place in the top 8. We will go for it.”

Vermezovic promised that he won’t take further risk by playing fringe players at the crunch time of the league but he will test some of his players in the friendly games for possible consideration during the league game.

“Some of my players did not play in the long time and now is crunch period of the championship and we can’t take any further risk. We going to play with 100%, ready to play players but in the meantime, we will play some friendly games to see if some of them can catch a form and play in a serious game, but now they have to rest and thereafter, prepare for a game against Bloemfontein Celtic on Monday.”

Vermezovic was shocked by Steve Komphela’s mind games directed towards Pirates bench. Komphela was seen talking with Tebogo Moloi and Vermezovic most of the time during the game. Komphela promised Moloi a war of game in the Nedbank Cup semi-finals in Maritzburg.

“Steve is a good coach but I don’t know why he always likes to talk to me during the game.”

By Owen Mundalamo

PSL Disciplinary Committee Outcome

The following cases appeared before the Premier Soccer League (PSL) Disciplinary Committee this week.

Bloemfontein Celtic: The club was charged with failing to give opponents, Supersport FC access to their change rooms four hours prior their Absa Premiership fixture at the Kaizer Sebothelo Stadium on 16 March 2014.

The club was sentenced to a fine of R30 000.00 suspended for the remainder of the season and ordered to pay their share of the costs of the sitting.

Doctor Khumalo, Stuart Baxter and Kaizer Chiefs: Arising from an incident which took place prior to a match against AmaZulu FC on 14 February 2014 at the Moses Mabhida Stadium, Doctor Khumalo and Stuart Baxter were found guilty of acting improperly and failing to conduct themselves in an orderly fashion. 

Each were fined R30 000.00 of which R 15 000.00 was suspended until the end of the season. Kaizer Chiefs FC was found guilty of bringing the League into disrepute and was fined R100 000.00, of which R25 000.00 was suspended. 

In addition, the club was ordered to pay an amount of R25 000.00 which had been conditionally suspended in respect of previous offence earlier in the season. The 3 respondents were ordered to pay their share of the costs of the sitting.

Komphela - Elapsing of concentration cost us

Steve ''Englishman'' Komphela was delighted with the performance of his boys in a 1-0 defeat against Orlando Pirates at Orlando Stadium. Maritzburg United came with a proper game plan to frustrate Pirates from playing its normal game comprised of effective wing play and build up from the back.

In the first half Pirates failed to break through the solid defensive wall of United, but Vladimir Vermezovic’s tactical change in the second half made the difference towards the end of the game.

Komphela believes the strong defensive method against Pirates is a good message to his boys going into their Friday game against Ajax Cape Town.

“Defensively we were well organised, we suffered from elapsing of concentration after we left an area uncovered, but above all I think I should be happy with the performance. I am sure going into the dressing room as you them seated there is a feeling that says we could have done better. There is a possibility this is a good message into the next match.”

Komphela was not impressed with his strikers in front of goal despite that few chances were created in the first half but in the second half, we witnessed a very improved performance upfront with many chances created but not converted.

“When we came out you could see the indicators of a team that is threatening but we were not clinical in front of goals.”

Despite losing against Pirates, United is automatically out of the relegation zone and also 10 points away from the Premier Soccer League (PSL) promotional play-offs at the end of the season. A win against Ajax will guarantee The Team of Choice a PSL status for the next season.

By Owen Mundalamo

AFEX 2014 – For progressive football minds

The Annual African Football Executive Confex that took place last week at FNB have offered valuable new ideas and useful information on sponsorship, business, marketing, media strategies, technical issues and football admin.

Definitely it was designed for progressive football minds and for the success achieved, Edward Abankwa, the Director of AFEX 2014 should be congratulated. It was expected that at least SA print media would provide coverage of this important event especially considering that the lack of diversified content is relegating football stories in newspapers and magazines to the bottom of media market.

No such coverage was provided. Regarding the presentations on technical issues the following conclusions are of major significance:

1. No youth development program can succeed in fulfilling talent if is not based on a specific football philosophy. The natural attributes – THE STRENGTHS – of young players must be reflected in the process of their development for maximum performance. (Conclusion supported by Ashley Kotzin, CEO, FORWARDZONE and other experts).

Strangely, Dr. Robin Petersen, CEO of SAFA’s Development Agency and acting technical director Fran Hilton-Smith were not present when this critical aspect was discussed! The sad reality is that SA youth coaches are working without direction and the effects of this confusion will, for sure, harm the much needed production of high quality players. The question asked by many is, who is responsible for this predicament?

2. It is imperative that SA coaches are equipped with indigenously produced, relevant training solutions. The irrational acceptance to train and coach the unique SA talent with methods used in England, Germany, Holland, Portugal, etc… must stop.

The so-called SA football experts who are clueless about the true nature of African players have managed to misguide SAFA president Danny Jordaan and his Executive in allowing the multi-national coaching chaos to distort the valuable potential of local players. Vast resources and sponsorship are wasted on this fictitious policy. Who is accountable for it?

3. The investment should be directed towards providing high standards of coach education – quality before quantity – and the retribution of youth coaches (Ashley Kotzin’s presentation).

4. The remarkable contribution made by Shakes Mashaba in regard to Maximal Training cannot be omitted. His request that MT should be urgently applied to ‘reduce the quality and performance gap between SA football and more advanced nations’ was very well received while indicating the unanimous appreciation for the methodology and its advanced features.

5. More interest on this important event should have been shown by all SAFA departments, PSL and the media. The culture of learning in SA football is key for the future.

By Ted Dumitru

We don't play football, we live it: Nike F.C.

As the world gears up for this summer's big competition, Nike takes the opportunity to celebrate 20 years of brilliant football. In 1994 during a sunny afternoon in Pasadena, Calif., a statement was made – glory is granted to those who risk everything. From that point on players such as Luís Figo, Fabio Cannavaro and Ronaldo exemplified that style, daring to do whatever it took to bring victory to their teams and nations.

To honour the all-or-nothing approach of these athletes, Nike introduces Nike F.C. – not just a collection but also a badge of honour representing passion, talent, irreverence and most of all the willingness to put it all on the line.

Inspired by the aforementioned legends, current players like Neymar Jr., Jack Wilshere and Dani Osvaldo keep the torch burning through brilliant play, ferocious tenacity and relentless resilience.

Since 1998, the Nike N98 Jacket has played a starring roll in football history. First worn by Ronaldo, prior to stepping onto the field for Brazil, the jacket is now worn with pride by footballers worldwide. Now evolved, with a lowered collar and updated hem design for a modern look, the Nike F.C. N98 Jacket extends the story of the iconic garment. "Sem Risco náo há Vitória," the Nike F.C. motto, is inscribed on the crest and translates to "without risk there is no victory."

The Nike F.C. Glory Tee was inspired by the legends of Brazil after the epic 1994 championship. Team loyalty shines through metallic details on the front and back. A taped vented hem connects the tee design to the uniforms worn on pitch.

Other notable items in the collection that define the look of football include the Nike F.C. Saturday Jacket and the Nike F.C. Tiempo 94.

The Nike Sportswear Nike F.C. Collection will be available on Nike.com on April 14, and select Nike Sportswear retailers beginning April 17.

For the full experience please visit Nike.com/nikefc.

Nedbank Cup Semi-Final Draw 2014

Just four clubs remain in the battle for glory in Africa’s richest football tournament as the Nedbank Cup reaches the semi-final stage with clubs 180 minutes away from collecting the R7-million first prize.

The last four draw, conducted at the Premier Soccer League offices in Johannesburg today, has produced two intriguing semi-final ties to look forward to on the weekend of 03 May 2014. The PSL will confirm venues and times in due course.

Over the past week, Bidvest Wits, Kaizer Chiefs, Maritzburg United and Orlando Pirates all booked their places in the semi-finals.

The Nedbank Cup is South Africa’s oldest knockout competition and a tournament steeped in history and folklore, where David meets Goliath and often comes out on top. It is a competition that changes lives, both in terms of being a launch-pad for the careers of players already signed with clubs – such as Bafana Bafana midfielder Andile Jali, whose career blossomed after his heroic performances for University of Pretoria in the 2009 tournament – or those still aspiring to be professionals.

With 12 goals scored in the quarter finals, R120 000 has been added to the R770 000 bring the Nedbank Cup’s R 1 million Goals4Goal target even closer. The monies will be used to build a multi-purpose sport court for a school in the country. Sinavuma Primary school received this sport development injection last year.

“One of our objectives is to be a bank for all South Africans and football has proven to be a great platform to connect with the communities we serve. The bank will continue to make a positive contribution towards empowering football stars and communities with the skills and resources they need to make things happen” said Sydney Mbhele, Divisional Executive for Group Marketing at Nedbank. 

In addition, the hugely popular Nedbank Ke Yona Team search has already seen thousands of men between the ages of 18 and 35 years register for the regional trials which will start on 21 April at Peter Mokaba Stadium in Limpopo.  Once again the winner of the Nedbank Cup this year will face-off against a team made up of ordinary South Africans from all walks of life proving that with discipline, talent, determination and support-anyone can be extraordinary.

Members of the public and media are welcome to attend the trials to see first-hand as South Africa’s talent gets discovered.  Those hopefuls wishing to get on the path to superstardom can register for trials by dialling *120*KEYONA# or *120*539662# and follow the easy steps. Players must be in between the ages of 18 and 35, and must be in possession of a valid South African ID to be eligible to enter.

Nedbank Cup Semi-Final Draw:
Bidvest Wits vs Kaizer Chiefs
Maritzburg United vs Orlando Pirates

Will it be tears of league joy for Mosimane?

I missed some action in the stadium but I have seen pictures of Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane close to tears.

I will attribute the Mosimane tears to Daine Klate free kick but it was unfair to call Klate a cheater and a diver. Klate just like Barcelona star Neymar are lightweights who always came second best from tackles.

Mosimane tears justified commitment and passion to the beautiful game. He badly wants a silver ware to please Patrice Motsepe and the fans.

"Sometimes you don't want to talk because when you lose it sounds like sour grapes, but there are players who are not on their feet on the pitch. I mean there is a player at (Orlando) Pirates, he is on the floor every minute, what is this? The next thing he shoots the ball and then it's a goal. Nah … let's have professionalism. We lost not because of that, but integrity is important, you know."

I feel bad when an elder cries due to disappointment but I believe the Premier Soccer League championship will bring tears of joy at the end of season to Mosimane.

It’s unfair and disrespect to laugh towards crying elder. Mosimane tears broke my heart. It wasn’t a nice scene. I don't find any joy from a crying elder.

I am sorry Mosimane for the unpleasant scene. Please gather your tactical organisation strength to challenge for championship. One day the sun will shine to you. Jingles, The tears of championship joy are on its way to you but keep on working hard. You tactical techniques can't be weak overnight. You deserve silverware this season.

By Owen Mundalamo

Mosimane - Missed chances let us down

Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane was happy with his team performance but unhappy with the results of the game. Sundowns displayed spectacular football dominating the game from first minute of the game to the last minute of the game. Sundowns should have gone to the interval leading after Lebohang Mokoena missed a clear cut chances with Senzo Meyiwa whilst Surprise Moriri also missed a seater with man if the match Senzo Meyiwa already on the ground but managed to make world class save to keep Orlando Pirates in the game.

“It is a cup game and anything is possible. It was a job well done to VV (Vladimir Vermezovic) and wishes him all of the best in the Nedbank Cup.  We dominated the entire game.  We play proper football they way football should be played. We created many chances. The chances felt on Surprise Moriri but he couldn’t convert them. I made two forced substitutions of Khama Billiat and Mzikayise Mashaba due to injuries but the third substitute introducing Cuthbert Malajila was a tactical change searching for the equalizing goal which never came.”

Mosimane believed that the penalty in the 5 minutes of the game destabilise his game plan but he was worried with 5 seconds reaction from the referee Robert Smith to award Pirates a goal, but he gave credit to Meyiwa for brave and heroic performance.

“We conceded a penalty in the first 5 minutes of the game and we were in the back foot. We showed respect to the game. We did everything to win the game. I am happy with the performance but unhappy with the results. This is football and you’re bound to lose the game. Real Madrid has lost its last game against Borussia Dortmund and now I have been informed that Barcelona lost its league game against Granada.  We tried to win the game but its cup game and anything can happen. We play to win but circumstances prevent us from the winning especial conceding a penalty within 5 minutes of the game but Meyiwa did well which justify his man of the match accolade.”

Mosimane admitted that it is a dream of every Premier Soccer League (PSL) coach to win silverware and now his focus will be on the league.

“It wasn’t my night (Saturday) but I need fresh legs for the Wednesday’s game against Mpumalanga Black Aces. The games against Polokwane City, University of Pretoria, Kaizer Chiefs and Bloemfontein Celtic took so much from us but look at the tenacity and integrity from players, you will never see which tem played Wednesday’s game and tonight’s (Saturday) game.”

Mosimane was not pleased with questions around rushing Billiat to play despite carrying an injury which resulted in an aggravation of his injury and was replaced within 20 minutes of the game.

“Khama suffered same injury but when he played against Chiefs and Celtic and we won, no one asked me about rushing Khama but when we lose the game everyone is jumping asking me if I rushed him to play with an injury.  It is unfair to conclude that I rushed Khama before he healed properly.”

By Owen Mundalamo
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