Good morning and welcome to a sad Monday. I don’t usually do a ‘post mortem’, but I think Saturday’s game deserves one. Without wasting anytime, let me get down to it.
To the tens of thousands that filled FNB Stadium on Saturday and braved out the first half even when the weather seemed to change and got a bit nippy after the three goals; Kudos to you and the bravery you showed, the club needs a lot more supporters like yourselves. I won’t lie, sitting at the stadium on Saturday, especially after the three goals was a bit challenging, I contemplated taking the early drive back home, but would only do that if we’d conceded the 4th goal without a reply. It was a true test for the many fans that came to the stadium and I think they passed it very well. Well done to all that didn’t move an inch and showed full support to the team during that testing moment.
I’ve never liked Mr Robert Sithole, I think he’s an old, sick and silly man who will go out of his way to oppress the Mighty Amakhosi. He is a shame to football and based on what I’ve seen in the past and on Saturday, I’m very certain he takes bribes. Either that or he just hates Kaizer Chiefs. His perfomance was horrible. He spoiled what could have been a 7 or 8 goal thriller. He denied us an opportunity to play football with his inconsistent and biased decisions. I know many will say I speak this way because we lost, but any football loving fan will tell you that Sithole denied the footballing nation a derby of the decade. He is a disgrace and what’s worse is that he will not even be punished for what he did on Saturday, because we all know why. I hope he chokes on the whistle the next time he goes out of his way to make us loose a game. This guy should never be allowed to officiate another PSL game, ever! But then again, that all depends on who signs his cheque.
Playing for Kaizer Chiefs is an honour, every up and coming proffesional footballer will tell you that. Most of the current squad probably said the same thing when they first signed for the club. Because of this, you sort of expect every player that’s given the jersey to play his heart out. You expect them to fight for the pride that is in wearing that jersey. Unfortunately some of our players didnt have this on Saturday. I’m not sure if some were struggling because of the magnitude of the Soweto Derby, but certain players just didnt show up. The reason we conceded three early goals was not because Pierats were brilliant, no, it was our own doing. Our midfield was in complete disarray barring Shabba and Katsande who put out a fight to keep us in the game. Our fullbacks, particularly Jimmy Tau and Keegan Ritchie were pathetic to say the least. As I mentioned in my preview on Friday, I expected senior players to lead from the front, instead they just exposed the entire team. The second half was great, we played better footbal, with purpose, but unfortunately that was undone by the shambolic perfomance some of our players put out in the first half.
I made comment about Benard Parker out of frustration on twitter during the game, but I feel I have to retract what I said because if you think about it, Parker is not a striker, he never was a striker. He’s a utility player and he belongs in the middle of the park. This is how he rose to prominence while at Thanda Royal Zulu. Why he’s being made to play the lone striker role is totally beyond my understanding of football and this unfortunately is the reason why so many fans have come to doubt his abilities since returning to South Africa. For those who missed my tweet, this is what I said:
But Parker is not PSL material!
— Khosiblog (@khosiblog) March 17, 2012
And I retract, he’s a quality player and should probably be played in his position. The middle of the park.
As I’ve said, this could have been a cracker, possibly the best derby ever. Tactically we were found wanting early in the game and besides being let down by some of our players, I feel we could have paid a little more attention to Benni McCarthy and his runs. I’m not sure what the coach instructed the players to do, but if it didnt involve closing Benni’s runs quickly, then Vlad V has some explaining to do. The come-back was great, Shabba scored on his return from a long injury layoff and Majoro come off the bench again to prove once again that he’s got ‘ballz’ by scoring the second goal. I feel that we could have scored the third goal, but lady luck was on our side. But such is football sometimes.
The loss means that we drop to an unfamiliar position on the log, 5th. This also means we are now 7 points behind current log leaders Mamelodi Sundowns who have played one game more than us. It’s not all lost, but the dream is slowly fading away as other teams continue to fight for the title, but we have to keep fighting, we have to keep believing.
Amakhosi 4 Life!
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