PSL Season Assessment: African Soccer HQ Particular
In a one-off AFHQ particular, an all-star panel on the podcast dissect a memorable South African high flight marketing campaign
It’s one other one-off particular on the African Soccer HQ Podcast this week, as Malek Shafei welcomes in a South African all-star solid of pundits to evaluation the 2019-20 Premier Soccer League season.
The marketing campaign got here to an exhilarating conclusion on Saturday as Mamelodi Sundowns defeated Black Leopards 3-0 to overtake Kaizer Chiefs on the loss of life to win their third consecutive PSL title.
It was a historic achievement for Pitso Mosimane’s facet, who grow to be the primary PSL facet to win the title in three successive seasons on two separate events.
Lebohang Maboe was the hero on the day for Downs, netting a hat-trick because the reigning champions did their bit by thumping Leopards 3-0.
Nonetheless, the true story of the day—and of the season—has been Chiefs’ outstanding capitulation.
Seeking to finish their five-year look ahead to the South African title, a championship which many followers consider belongs to the Amakhosi, all Ernst Middendorp’s facet wanted was a win towards Baroka on the ultimate day with a purpose to clinch the title.
They’d led the desk since August 2019, however remarkably contrived to lose the title on the loss of life as they had been held 1-1 regardless of taking the lead within the first half.
Heading into the ultimate day degree on factors with Sundowns, and with a superior purpose distinction, Chiefs simply wanted to higher or match the champions’ consequence with a purpose to recover from the road, and even one second-half purpose would have been sufficient to clinch the championship.
Finally, Middendorp’s facet will probably be left to remorse each their incapacity to internet a second towards Baroka on Saturday, and their kind as soon as high flight soccer returned after lockdown, as Chiefs lacked each the successful mentality and the defensive solidity required to finish their championship wait.
On the podcast this week, company Lorenz Kohler (Kick Off), Nick Mentioned (Instances) and Brian Lee (Backpage Media) evaluation Chiefs’ capitulation, the important thing figures behind Sundowns’ newest triumph, and assess the season as a complete.
The trio consider that Milutin Sredojevic’s early-season exit from Orlando Pirates—for the riches on supply in SC Zamalek—had a significant bearing on the marketing campaign, regardless that his exit came visiting a 12 months in the past.
Additionally mentioned is the influence that the stress of being league leaders—and of closing in on a long-awaited title—had on Chiefs, and whether or not the untimely exit of George Maluleka in the end undermined the Glamour Boys’ title problem.
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