Mabasa escapes red card, bags winner

Orlando Pirates got maximum points against Highlands Park at Makhulong Stadium on Tuesday, but it was not without controversy. Tiyani wa ka Mabasa reports.

Bucs got their winner through Tshegofatso Mabasa, who appeared to have been in an offside position before receiving the pass from Linda Mntambo, who was Man of the Match.

Mabasa appeared to be offside when Mntambo played him through on goal.

Mabasa, meanwhile, was lucky to play until he scored.

He was guilty of a reckless challenge on Lindokuhle Mbatha, but got off with a yellow card, much to the dismay of many.

With the win, Pirates moved from 10th position to 8th, while Highlands remain in fourth.

Highlands v Bucs players to watch

The clash between Highlands Park and Orlando Pirates at Makhulong Stadium tonight could very well be heated.

Kick off is at 19:30.

FARPost‘s Amahle Siphungu selects some key players from either side for the game.

HIGHLANDS PARK

Peter Shalulile

Peter Shalulile is deadly in front of goal.

With 6 goals in 6 games, the Namibian international is certainly one player that the shaky Orlando Pirates defense will look to close down. He makes the runs into the box and is able to calmly finish a ball played through. When given the space Shalulile is  definitely one to punish the opposition in the final third.

Mlungisi Mbunjana

The defensive midfielder has been Man of the Match in Highlands’ last two games and would be key in stopping Bucs midfielders from making things happen.

ORLANDO PIRATES

Thembinkosi Lorch

After a failed move overseas which had his season start slow, Lorch seems to be rebuilding his previous form that won the PSL Footballer of the Season award, looking much better in his recent matches and having scored the winning goal against Stellenbosch that assisted Orlando Pirates to see them through to the TKO quarterfinals. The 26-year-old has a beautiful first touch and his movement when on the ball is unmatched often resulting to a goal.

Tshegofatso Mabasa, far right, seen here at training with Fortune Makaringe.

Tshegofatso Mabasa

The 23-year-old has hit the ground running at Orlando Pirates scoring 4 goals in 6 league matches.

Mabasa will be looking to add to his impressive tally tonight. The Former Multichoice Diski Challenge top goal scorer for the year 2017 is clinical in front of goal and is able to place himself in the right place at the right time.

The challenge facing Pirates today…

Orlando Pirates’ away form in the Absa Premiership is nothing to write home about as they head to Makhulong Stadium tonight.

The Buccaneers face Highlands Park in what would appear to be a tricky away match for Rulani Mokwena’s charges.

Not only did Pirates suffer a 1-0 defeat to Stellenbosch in their last encounter, which was away, but they’ve gone five Absa Premiership matches without a win, with three defeats and two draws in their last five away league games.

The last time the two sides met at Makhulong was in January, playing out a 2-2 draw.

One of the draws was when they ruined their 2018/19 league chances, drawing 2-2 with Cape Town City in May.

From there, eventual winners Mamelodi Sundowns took full advantage and won their consecutive league title.

Now Pirates lie in 10th spot in the league – a massive 13 points behind the leaders and rivals, Kaizer Chiefs.

Can Pirates turn the corner by beating Owen da Gama’s men?

The Lions of the North are showing good form this campaign. They are fourth on the log, with four victories in their last five Absa Premiership matches.

Pirates certainly have their backs against the wall in this one.

Kick off is at 19:30.

By Tiyani wa ka Mabasa

TKO tickets on sale tomorrow

Tickets for the Telkom Knockout quarterfinal fixtures will go on sale tomorrow at 12h00.
Tickets will be sold at TicketPro outlets, Spar and selected Sasol garages countrywide (see
Tickets will be R40 for the three fixtures and R80 for the Kaizer Chiefs vs Orlando Pirates
fixtures. They will be sold on first come first served basis.
The PSL has capped ticket purchase to a maximum four (4) tickets per person to avoid
illegal ticket resale.
The League has also warned against the buying of fake tickets – as there will be scanners
at stadiums.

DOWNS V HIGHLANDS: Players to watch

There are a couple of players from Mamelodi Sundowns and Highlands Park that could light up the Absa Premiership clash tonight.

The Brazilians host the Lions of the North at Lucas Moripe Stadium.

Downs are third and six points behind the log leaders, Kaizer Chiefs.

The objective is simple; get maximum points and cut down Amakhosi’s lead at the top.

For Highlands Park, Owen da Gama’s boys are fifth on the standings and have a chance to keep moving up.

KEY PLAYERS

DOWNS

Gaston Sirino

The Uruguayan has continued to thrive in the Tshwane outfit’s colours. With five gaols and one assist in 11 games, the man has been on fire and was man of the match when Downs thumped AmaZulu 5-0 in their last match, which was in the quarterfinals of the Telkom Knockout. Highlands will have to keep a very close eye on him.

Themba Zwane

‘Mshishi’ has been in terrific form. He boasts six goals and four assists in just 11 appearances this campaign. Zwane, once likened to Doctor Khumalo by former Bafana Bafana coach Clive Barker, is a real match winner on any day.

HIGHLANDS

Peter Shalulile

The Namibian has been in fine fettle being the Absa Premiership top scorer with 6 goals in 6 games, which is an average of 1 goal per match. He’d definitely look for a birthday present in the form of a goal against the Tshwane side to maintain his 100% scoring ratio.

Thela Ngobeni

Thela Ngobeni of Highlands Park.

Undoubtedly, he has a point to prove against his former employers, Sundowns. Ngobeni has four clean sheets in nine matches. He’s a solid goalkeeper, who’s relishing the challenge to play week in and week out.

By Tiyani wa ka Mabasa

Amakhosi v Bucs in TKO last 8

It’s the big one as Kaizer Chiefs will host Orlando Pirates in the quarterfinals of the Telkom Knockout following the draw tonight.

The draw was conducted at Sisa Dukashe Stadium, where Chippa United beat Bloemfontein Celtic 1-0 to throw their name into the hat.

The dates and venues will be announced in due course.

Chiefs and Pirates will meet in the Telkom Telkom Knockout yet again.

THE DRAW

SuperSport v Golden Arrows
Kaizer Chiefs v Orlando Pirates
Chippa United v Mamelodi Sundowns
Maritzburg United v Highlands Park

*First mentioned teams playing at home.

Goals galore at MDC

The Multichoice Diski Challenge (MDC) produced a whopping 27 goals in just eight matches over the weekend.

Kaizer Chiefs were the big scorers with five goals against a hapless Chippa United side.

This match at Dobsonville Stadium saw seven goals being scored, with Chiefs winning 5-2.

Rahim Milazi netted a brace for Amakhosi and not to be outdone, Lebohang Lesako also helped himself to a double.

Elsewhere, Chiefs’ rivals Orlando Pirates overcame Polokwane City by a 2-0 scoreline.

Sifiso Luthuli and Simo Bophela were on the scoresheet for the Buccaneers.

Below are the results from the weekend’s action, as well as the log.

By Tiyani wa ka Mabasa

‘Coaching in the MDC not a demotion’

Highlands Park Multichoice Diski Challenge coach Willem Jackson is relishing the responsibility of identifying future talent for Highlands’ senior team as well as the national team.

Jackson has been in charge of the Lions of the North reserve team since July 2018 after leaving Platinum Stars, now Cape Umoya United.

The 46-year-old who was part of the Bafana Bafana squad at the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France says the feeling of identifying talent is what drives him.

“I really enjoy working with these youngsters and it’s also a learning curve for me,” Jackson told FARPost.co.za.

“I worked as an assistant coach in the PSL (Absa Premiership) and coming here for me it’s not a demotion, it’s a promotion working with these talented youngsters that we have and producing players.

“If you can produce players for your first team, if your can produce a player for another team or if you can produce a player for the national team, it’s a positive” he emphasised.

“If you can get 2 out of 25 or 30 players to get into a national team or one player that can get into the first team. For me working with these youngsters is a great experience”

The Highlands Park reserve team are currently 4th on the extended MDC league with 20 points from 10 matches.

They are 7 points behind leaders BidVest Wits.

Ofhani Munyai

NEW SIGNINGS THAT HAVE IMPRESSED…

It’s been a couple of months since the Absa Premiership kicked off and we’ve seen the players perform at their respective clubs.

FARPost‘s Amahle Siphungu picks five players who have impressed the masses so far.

Tshegofatso Mabasa (Orlando Pirates)

The former Multichoice Diski Challenge Top goal scorer for the year 2017 has made an immediate impact at Bucs since joining from Bloemfontein Celtic in June. Not only is he getting the goals, but they are of quality as well. He currently has 4 goals in 6 matches across all competitions and with age on his side – he’s 23, he certainly is one to watch for the future.

Thamsanqa Gabuza (SuperSport United)

The striker, well known as ‘Ganda-Ganda’, signed for the Tshwane club during the June transfer window and has silenced all his critics with his form at his new club. Gabuza has since played a vital role for SuperSport United upfront starting 11 matches and bagging 4 goals, as well as two assists. He helped Matsatsantsa win the MTN8.

Thela Ngobeni (Highlands Park)

The Katlehong-born goalkeeper who signed for The Lions of The North after a disappointing time at Mamelodi Sundowns has already made a difference at his new club. Ngobeni played a vital role in leading his team to the MTN8 final. Ngobeni has started 8 matches and kept 4 clean sheets.

Mpho Makola (Cape Town City)

The Orlando Pirates midfielder wasn’t expected to be a regular at the Citizens, but he’s managed to feature in all City’s eight league outings.

Mosa Lebusa (Mamelodi Sundowns)

The defender joined The Brazilians from Ajax Cape Town in July and has since played a pivotal role in the defence of Masandawana. Not only is he good for making those tackles at the back, but has offered a lot more going forward starting 9 games and scoring two goals.

Kearyn Baccus (Kaizer Chiefs)

The Durban-born midfielder seems to have won over the hearts of the Amakhosi faithful. Baccus hit the ground running creating chances and being involved in a few of Chiefs’ goals. He currently has 1 goal and 2 assists in 8 games.

Citizens v Amakhosi in TKO

Cape Town City will host Kaizer Chiefs in the opening round of this year’s Telkom Knockout.

The draw was conducted at SuperSport TV studios in Randburg this afternoon.

The Citizens taking on Amakhosi is probably the pick of the round, but defending champions Baroka also have a tough clash away to SuperSport United.

The tournament kicks off on October 18 and the League will release the full fixtures (dates and venues) soon.

Here is the full draw…

Maritzburg United v Bidvest Wits

Cape Town City v Kaizer Chiefs

Highlands Park v Black Leopards

Mamelodi Sundowns v AmaZulu

SuperSport United v Baroka

Golden Arrows v Polokwane City

Orlando Pirates v Stellenbosch

Chippa United v Bloemfomtein Celtic

*The first mentioned teams are playing at home.

By Tiyani wa ka Mabasa