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 this past weekend’s Absa Premiership round of fixtures as well as CAF continental competitions.
In midweek Absa Premiership action, Orlando Pirates remained unbeaten in 2015 after brushing aside Chippa United with a 2-0 scoreline on Tuesday evening at Orlando Stadium, with goals from Mpho Makola and Sifiso Myeni sealing maximum points for the Eric Tinkler-led side.
AmaZulu continued their quest for PSL survival following a shock 3-1 win over Bidvest Wits at the Moses Mabhida Stadium. Mbulelo Mabizela, Goodman Dlamini and Bongi Ntuli found the back of the net for Usuthu, with Papy Faty getting a late consolation for the Clever Boys.
Mamelodi Sundowns recorded the biggest win of the 2014/15 PSL camping with a 5-0 routing of Polokwane City at the Lucas Moripe Stadium. A Khama Billiat brace and singles strikes from Anthony Laffor, Cuthbert Malajila and Rodney Ramagalela recorded a memorable three pints for Pitsi Mosimane’s men.
Moroka Swallows claimed rare 2-1 win over Free State Stars on Wednesday evening at the Dobsonville Stadium. The Dube Birds who are still in the relegation zone, fell behind to Moeketsi Sekola’s 51st minute strike, but the Dube Birds rallied back with second half goals from Ashraf Hendricks and Lerato Chabangu to seal the win for Fani Madida’s struggling side.
Ajax Cape Town made use of their home ground advantage when they claimed a valuable 2-1 win over Mpumalanga Black Aces at Cape Town Stadium on Wednesday evening. AmaZayoni took an early lead from Zamuxolo Ngalo in the 24th minute, but Nathan Paulse pulled one back for the Urban Warriors in the 68th minute before Siboniso Gumede’s own goal in the 78th minute handed Roger De Sa’s men three valuable points.
Bloemfontein Celtic narrowly beat SuperSport United 1-0 through an Alfred Ndengane strike at the Free State Stadium.
The biggest shock result of the week saw Kaizer Chiefs lose ground following their 1-0 loss at the hands of Maritzburg United at the Harry Gwala Stadium. The Amakhosi’s lead at the top of the table has now been cut down to just eight points.
On Friday night, AmaZulu who are still reeling at the bottom of the Absa Premiership table with 17 points, continued to gather momentum after besides being 10 men down, claimed a valuable point away from home in a 1-1 draw away against Chippa United at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium. Experienced centre back, Mbulelo Mabizela scored his third goal in as many matches since his move to Usuthu, giving the visitors the lead in the 34th minute. The Chilli Boys found themselves level on terms following Roscoe Pietersen’s own goal in the 46th minute, but the draw was not enough as the PE-based side still seek for their first three points of 2015.
Mpumalanga Black Aces returned to winning ways under the interim of Jacob Sakala when they beat fellow PSL strugglers, Moroka Swallows 2-1 at Mbombela Stadium. AmaZayoni who on Friday announced that they had mutually agreed to divert Clive Barker as head coach of the side, took the lead through Zambian marksman, Collins Mbesuma in the 68th minute, before Rudi Isaacs equalised for the Dube Birds in the 79th minute with a header. However Edwin Gyimah claimed all the three points for Aces with a goal in the 81st minute that saw them climb up to 11th position on the PSL standings with 26 points.
Polokwane City also ended their four match winless streak when they crushed the in-form Bloemfontein Celtic 3-0 at the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium. Goals from Jabu Maluleke, Puleng Tlolane and Cole Alexander secured maximum points for Kosta Papic’s men to move them to seventh position on the log.
Following a run of three matches without a win, Gordon Igesund’s SuperSport United beat Tshwane rivals, University of Pretoria 2-0 at the Lucas Moripe Stadium, with Bradley Grobler netting a brace for Matsatsantsa a Pitori. The three points sees United lie ninth on the table with seven matches left to the end of the campaign.
Maritzburg United claimed their second win on the trot when they upset Platinum Stars 2-1 at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium. Deolin Mekoa opened the scoring for the visitors in the 28th minute before Ndumiso Mabena grabbed an equaliser in the 87th minute, but the Team of Choice hit a smash and grab when Mohou Mokate netted in the 90th minute to seal all three points for Steve Komphela’s side and are now up to eighth on the table.
There were mixed results for South African teams in various continental competitions on Saturday.
PSL defending champions, Mamelodi Sundowns claimed a narrow 1-0 win over DRC champions, TP Mazembe in their CAF Champions League first round, first leg tie at Loftus Stadium, courtesy of Khama Billiat’s 86th minute strike. The Brazilians will travel for their second leg encounter in Lubumbashi on April 4.
In the other CAF Champions League match, there was no joy for PSL league leaders, Kaizer Chiefs who suffered their second consecutive defeat in a space of four days after being stunned by Moroccan giants, Raja Casablanca at the Moses Mabhida Stadium. Ighodaro Osaguona’s sixth minute goal for Raja was enough to hand the Green Eagles the away goal advantage ahead of the return leg in Morocco on April 4.
Orlando Pirates claimed a 2-1 win over URA in their CAF Confederations Cup first round clash played at the Orlando Stadium. Rooi Mahamutsa and Lehlohonolo Majoro got onto the scoresheet for the Buccaneers, but Revenues got a solitary away goal in the 93th minute after right back Happy Jele turned the ball into his own net.
The team will always be set up in a standard 4-4-2 formation, selected by Soccer Laduma's team of respected journalists.
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