TS Galaxy enter the lion’s den this afternoon against a confident Royal AM (RAM).
Fresh from whipping the once-mighty Kaizer Chiefs (4-1), RAM will be buoyant against struggling Galaxy.
Galaxy under the stewardship of Owen da Gama (ODG) have had a poor start to their league campaign. Having accrued a meagre 2 points from their 4 matches, “The Rockets” are a pale shadow of themselves.
Still, the flamboyant RAM have put aside boardroom challenges, player relocation and contract wrangles, to gather 6 points. They now sit in the top half of the DStv Premiership, and a Galaxy scalp will propel them into the top 4 (i.e move ahead of Orlando Pirates) to cement their credentials as title-outsiders.
ODG is an experienced and tested soldier of the PSL league, whilst John Maduka has demonstrated his quiet-shrewdness since his coaching days at the now defunct Bloemfontein Celtic.
Both coaches subscribe to different playing philosophies, ODG (relies on a suffocating man-to-man, high intensity and hard-working principle), and Maduka (depends on a slow, inductive technical-tactical and possession-based play).
On paper, the two teams are evenly balanced, but who will be the main technical actors?
1. Royal AM
Victor Letsoalo is a proven goalscorer. The deadly marksman has registered 3 goals in 4 matches this season, following 8 goals he netted in the 2020-21 calendar.
In Letsoalo, RAM has a mobile, nippy and deceptively quick striker. The COSAFA 2021 Top Goalscorer, has the ability to lead the line, play as a hidden striker and as No. 10 depending on Maduka’s intentions and strategies.
2. TS Galaxy
ODG’s teams are renowned for their collaborative approach. Galaxy works as a team in the preferred man-on-man system, with the individual contribution heavily masked by a team resolute in their organizational structure.
Veteran Lindokuhle Mbatha who has rejoined Galaxy starting line up against Mamelodi Sundowns, is a potential match-winner. Mbatha is excellent in 1v1 dribbling attacks, cuts inside, create and score goals.
Young midfielder Ethan Brooks could be vital too.
It is certainly a wounded Galaxy against high-riding RAM. Galaxy desperately need these points to move away from the basement, whilst RAM wants to demonstrate that their slaughtering of Chiefs was no fluke.
Kickoff: 15:00 (Chatsworth Stadium)
By FARPost Technical Study Group