You Choose The Team Of The Week
Soccer Laduma’s ‘Team of the Week’ is a feature in each and every Soccer Laduma edition, highlighting the top performers from the Premier Soccer League clubs.
Selections are based on the performances of players from mid-last week and the past weekend’s Absa Premiership round of fixtures.
On Tuesday evening, Bidvest Wits leapfrogged defending PSL champions, Mamelodi Sundowns into second position on the Absa Premiership log standings after claiming a hard fought 1-0 win over the Brazilians at Bidvest Stadium. Wits and Bafana Bafana talisman, Sibusiso Vilakazi, grabbed the only goal of the match when he pierced through the Downs defence before a neatly placed finish pass Dennis Onyango to hand Gavin Hunt's the important three points at home.
On Wednesday night, Chippa United and Polokwane City played to a 1-1 draw at the Nelson Mandela Stadium. The Chilli Boys who are still winless under the tutelage of Ernst Middendorp in 2015 took the lead through Nigerian striker, George Akpabio eight minutes after the restart of the second half however with eight minutes remaining to full time, Jabulani Maluleke grabbed the equaliser for Rise and Shine with a superbly taken freekick to earn an away point for Kosta Papic’s side.
Kaizer Chiefs extended their lead at the summit of the PSL to 10 points after narrowly beating Ajax Cape Town 1-0 at the FNB Stadium. Mandla Masango took his tally to six league goals when he scored the only goal of the game to secure Amakhosi’s 15th win of the season.
Free State Stars held Orlando Pirates to a 1-1 draw at the Charles Mopeli Stadium to halt the Buccaneers' impressive run of successive victories. Ezika Magebhula took the lead through Kermit Erasmus however Moeketsi Sekola's low left footed shot in the 38th minute earned Ea Lla Koto a valuable point at home, which also saw Sekola top the PSL goalscoring charts with nine goals.
On Friday night, Bidvest Wits’ title hopes were dented when they suffered a shock 1-0 home loss to the ever-improving Bloemfontein Celtic. The Students who earlier in the week beat Mamelodi Sundowns 1-0 at home courtesy of a Sibusiso Vilakazi strike, dropped to third on the Absa Premiership standings after in-form Phunya Sele Sele striker, Lerato Lamola converted from the spot to earn Clinton Larsen a hard fought victory away from home.
In the Soweto Derby on Saturday afternoon, nemesis Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates played to a goalless draw in an entertaining Absa Premiership battle at the FNB Stadium. Amakhosi’s veteran midfielder, Siphiwe Tshabalala got his record-breaking 23rd Derby cap for the Naturena side. It was a game of two halves and though there were some chances created, with both sides hitting the woodwork late in the second half, it was not to be as both sides settled for a draw.
SuperSport United suffered their second successive home loss when they were ousted 2-1 by Ajax Cape Town at the Peter Mokaba Stadium. Matsatsantsa a Pitori were looking to get back to winning ways after suffering a routing 5-2 home loss by rock bottom AmaZulu, but two first half goals by Toriq Losper and Erwin Isaacs saw the Urban Warriors grab all the three points. Thuso Phala did however get a consolation goal for Gordon Igesund’s men but their efforts to get an equaliser never materialized.
Mpumalanga Black Aces, who are yet to win in 2015, played to a 1-1 draw against AmaZulu who are still languishing at the bottom of the Absa Premiership standings. AmaZayoni took the lead in the 79th minute after Mbulelo Mabizela was adjudged to have brought Dino Ndlovu down in the box. Thanduyise Khuboni stepped up from the penalty spot to convert the night’s first goal. Clive Barker’s men however went to sleep when a lapse in concentration by their defence saw Usuthu equalise through on loan Mamelodi Sundowns striker, Bongi Ntuli after a beautiful lay-off from Bongani Ndulula.
Phokeng-based outfit, Platinum Stars broke a seven-game winless run when they edged out the struggling Moroka Swallows 1-0 at Royal Bafokeng Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Birds defender Rudi Isaacs put the ball in his own net which saw Dikwena claim their first win since early December 2014. Fani Madida’s side have now gone five defeats in a row and slipped down to 15th spot on 18 points.
In another league encounter on Sunday, the University of Pretoria narrowly beat the struggling Maritzburg United 1-0 at Tuks Stadium. Atusaye Nyondo grabbed the only goal of the match that saw the Tshwane side move up to seventh on the log standings with 29 points while the Team of Choice remained unmoved in 10th position.
The team will always be set up in a standard 4-4-2 formation, selected by Soccer Laduma's team of respected journalists.
The Soccer Laduma journos are currently in deliberation over this week’s selections. In the meantime we want to hear from you who you think should be in the Soccer Laduma ‘Team of the Week’.
Every Monday you will get the chance to post your ‘Team of the Week’. See how close you get to the one which will appear in the new Soccer Laduma on Wednesday.