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Igesund: Gone Are The Days Of Chiefs & Pirates’ Dominance

'Gone Are The Days Of Kaizer Chiefs & Orlando Pirates’ PSL Dominance’

By Ryan Gordon - Jul 10, 2018 07:00 AM
Gordon Igesund believes the gap between local clubs is getting smaller, and that the days of Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates being the main focus in pre-season title talk are gone. 
 
 
While Amakhosi and the Buccaneers remain South Africa's most decorated clubs with 79 pieces of major silverware between them, the Soweto giants' grip on South African football has been weakened by the emergence of a more competitive top-flight in recent seasons. 
 
In fact, it has been three years since either of the clubs have secured silverware, while the likes of SuperSport United, Free State Stars and Bidvest Wits all clinched cup titles last term, with The Clever Boys also taking Absa Premiership honours in the 2016/17 campaign.
 
 
And while Pirates managed a runners-up finish to Mamelodi Sundowns in the league last term, with Chiefs behind in third, Igesund - who won four PSL titles with four different teams, including Pirates and Sundowns - has played down any talk of a two- or three-horse race in 2018/19. 
 
"Maybe, 20 years ago, you could have predicted Chiefs and Pirates as title favourites, but things have changed dramatically over the last 20 years," the former Bafana Bafana coach told the Siya crew.
 
"There might be a couple of surprises next season (in the Absa Premiership), there are many capable teams. 
 
"Football has changed dramatically over the last 15, 20 years, in the sense that there are more teams capable of challenging for silverware, with the gap closing and closing, quicker and quicker. 
 
 
While steering away from naming any outright title favourites, Igesund preferred to focus on the improvements across the board in the PSL, saying: "I certainly wouldn't say the league championship will be between only those three teams (Chiefs, Pirates and Sundowns). 
 
"I think there could be one or two surprises - the teams are constantly improving and challenging." 
 
Igesund also stressed that the increased quality and competition is not only limited to the local game, with the veteran coach pointing to the ongoing FIFA World Cup as an example of how power dynamics are shifting in the game. 
 
"You can see by the World Cup (in Russia); Italy and Holland never qualified, and the current world champions Germany are out. Spain, out," he said. "So the gap is really closing between the teams," he concluded. 
 
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PROPHET OF DOOM Joined: 08 Jun 2018
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PROPHET OF DOOM Jul 11, 2018 03:24 AM
@kzorog d0 y0u even kn0w the meaning 0f the w0rd giant?
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PROPHET OF DOOM Jul 11, 2018 03:20 AM
Tell them Madala th0se 0ld teams are n0 l0nger d0minating n0w.
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hosherr Jul 10, 2018 02:42 PM
@LukzBucz u have taken all my words young man..Chiefs used to win at least a cup....Whilst Gordon is talking about the league here
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richard.sekele@gmail.com Jul 10, 2018 12:41 PM
The Brazillians............
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LukzBucz Jul 10, 2018 11:35 AM
Mr Igesund is right the gap keeps narrowing..it is not that big at all..It all boils down to management and the technical team around for a club to thrive not this chopping and changing every now and then..if you look back at our double-treble days we had coach Krol who built a team based on culture,spirit,leadership etc. we made every final in those two seasons and subsequently made CCL finals..we were hard to beat,we played with pride,we would push the game to the very last minute and we were compact in every aspect of the field..and fast-forward to last season-from finishing 11th to being runners-up that speaks volumes about the technical team we have at the moment..it means we are a team on the way up..if we duplicate Krol's dominion in the coming seasons I wont be surprised..Igesund is right however his utterance about this "Chiefs-Pirates dominance" I find it somehow as ignorant cause Sundowns has won more PSL titles than anyone the league and if you look at the league tournaments many teams have won them right at the beginning of if the PSL era and it's still the case,it was never a Chiefs-Pirates thing ..the only difference is that Chiefs are no more guarenteed a cup every season,a perfect example of a team going downwards
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Line's Man... Jul 10, 2018 11:21 AM
@hosherr A ba Shwee! And We Are Still The Current Champions...
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hosherr Jul 10, 2018 10:50 AM
@Line's Man... We dominated NSL whilst we are toying with the PSL....9th championship loading...Chiefs and Pirates dominated the apartheid NPSL more than 40 years ago....Did u know it took useless rats 18 years to win lik again(1976 -NPSL)-(1994 NSL)...They have just 1 NSL championship in their name this overated team...yet they want to disagree with Igesund today
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Line's Man... Jul 10, 2018 10:37 AM
" UBUNTU - BOTHO "
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Line's Man... Jul 10, 2018 10:36 AM
The Sky Is The Limit...
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Line's Man... Jul 10, 2018 10:36 AM
Point Of Correction Mr Igesund - Mamelodi Sundowns Has Been Dominating Premier Soccer League For The Past Years With Eight League Championships And No Other PSL Team Won Even Five League Titles...
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hosherr Jul 10, 2018 10:32 AM
@nazzi the second gone are the days of Chiefs &Pirates dominance ....kwaaaaaa!singing in my time
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hosherr Jul 10, 2018 10:12 AM
@alizebucs1986 no 1 and 2 last cizin were not Kaizer Chiefs and Pirates....and remember prior season useless rats finished 11th whilst KC was no 4 or 5 ...were they favourites?.....if yes ,based on what....u sound confused as to what Gordon is saying here.....yes 40 sumthin years ago they would be definite title favourites...and why are u mentioning 1 2 & 3(3 positions) when talking about 2 teams ...do u know how to count my mule?
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Pathology Jul 10, 2018 10:11 AM
@kzorog Deep down in small peanut brain you know who is the really giant lol, Gordon is talking about the PS League race and (wena you are farrting about SA giants and mines money) you know who is having it..Unyiile wena !!!
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alizebucs1986 Jul 10, 2018 10:06 AM
Madala who was Number 1,2 and 3 last Season in the League? So to u those Teams are not Regarded as Title Favourites next Season..i thought Nyaope was only for us Black People,but i thought wrong
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nazzi the second Jul 10, 2018 10:04 AM
gone are the days where igesund used to dominate
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kzorog Jul 10, 2018 09:50 AM
As long as chiefs n pirates are SA giants dat better than spending mines money buying success
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Madredz Jul 10, 2018 09:23 AM
Noted
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Mail4lyf Jul 10, 2018 09:14 AM
It's due to poor management in those two big teams while chiefs n pirates were dominant n performing even out national team was performing ever since this two teams underperform nothing is going forward in S.A. football that y we he hv top goal scorer with 11goals.
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hosherr Jul 10, 2018 09:13 AM
Correction Mr Igesunf...its should be 40 something years ago..I remember in NPSL the 2 in my time teams used to exchange league titles like nobody's business...20 years ago (1998) Sundowns won a record 3x League titles ...Chiefs only won its first PSL in 2004 ,Ratties 2001 so don't exaggerate these useless teams title credentials
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Mcolisi Mr Nice Dlamini Jul 10, 2018 09:10 AM
Hahaha this man he is just reminding Boby that he is olso available. awuphathanga nix man just relax

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