CAPE TOWN CITY
Top scorer: Kermit Erasmus (13 goals)
Biggest win: 4-1 v Arrows (A)
Biggest defeat: 0-3 v Chiefs (A)
Points swing from previous season: -6
Position swing from last season: -2
The Citizens were one of eight clubs that changed coaches during the season, and the change has already shown some signs that there could be dividends soon. Jan Olde Riekerink replaced Benni McCarthy in November, and after a stuttering start (no wins in 4), the team soon found their feet.
60% – From 1 January 2020 to the end of the season, Riekerink won 60% of the games he oversaw at Cape Town City (9/15), the best win ratio of all teams in that period.
On the field of play, Erasmus (13 goals) & Bradley Ralani (11 assists, nine of them were non-setplay assists) led the attack. Not to say this was a two-man team – 15 different players scored for The Blue & Gold Army – only Mamelodi Sundowns (16) had more different scorers. They ended the season as Q4 winners, but also won more games than any other team in the bio-bubble (5/7) in Gauteng. Yet they were the only team that was winless away from home before the league was suspended. Odd.
13 – Erasmus ended the season with 13 league goals, his best season return as a player, and the joint-best season return for a City player in their history (Manyama also 13 in 2016/17).
Top scorer: Samir Nurkovic (13 goals)
(*Bonus: Parker didn’t score this season for the first time in his Chiefs career)
Biggest win: 4-0 v Stellenbosch (A)
Biggest defeat: 1-3 v Celtic (A)
Points swing from previous season: +18 (1st)
Position swing from last season: +7 (1st)
The glass-half-full fan will remember this season as a major improvement on last season, the best points swing of all teams that propelled them to push Sundowns until the last day in the title race. The glass-half-empty fan will see this as a wasted opportunity for a title the club has not seen in five years. We’re inclined to go with the latter, and so do the bosses at Chiefs – who announced Middendorp’s departure on Wednesday. It all started so well – Chiefs were the first side to collect more than 30 of the first 36 available points in the 30-game PSL era. But the wheels seemed to come off in the second half of the season.
Many will point to Chiefs’ results in the bubble (only relegated Polokwane City conceded more than Chiefs), but they had already started to lose momentum even before the league was suspended. After the 50th birthday celebration win over Cape Town City in January (Match 16), Chiefs failed to win two games in a row from then until the end. Hangover.
1.38 – Chiefs managed 1.38 points per game from the start of 2020, the 9th best ppg ratio in the league.
The table after 12 January places them 10th, winning as many games as Black Leopards (4), conceding more goals (14) than each of AmaZulu, Baroka, Chippa and Golden Arrows – the four teams that finished 11th to 14th.
0 – Ernst Middendorp’s 2019/20 side represent the first time in the 30-game era that a side has failed to win the title having won 44 points or more after their first 20 games. Goodbye.
Top scorer: Chidi Kwem (5 goals)
Biggest win: 3-0 v Leopards (H)
Biggest defeat: 0-3 v Sundowns (A) & v Supersport (A)
Points swing from previous season: +4
Position swing from last season: +1
Four more points and one place higher than last season may sound like progress. But Chippa were still not safe from relegation on the last day and could have finished in 15th this season. Their performance since the league return was a microcosm of their whole season – a strong defence, but not enough goals up front. They scored just three goals (only Arrows had fewer) but on the other hand conceded just three goals (joint-fewest of all sides) in the bio bubble. All season, they ended up as lowest scorers (18) but also kept the joint-most clean sheets (14, same as champions Sundowns & also Wits). Contrast.
18 – Chippa scored 18 goals this season, the third lowest season total in PSL history. If all 396 sides from 1996 to date were ranked by goals scored, the Chippa 2019-20 side would come in Position 394.
Top scorer: Knox Mutizwa (13 goals)
Biggest win: 3-2 v Sundowns (H)
Biggest defeat: 0-5 v Celtic (A)
Points swing from previous season: -2
Position swing from last season: -1
Steve Komphela’s side were one of only two clubs that managed to score three in a match past the champions. Usually that would be a sign of a good season for a team, but not for Arrows. The win over Sundowns on 10 November took them up to fourth position, just one point behind the eventual champions. With 17 points from 11 games, this was their third best total in their PSL history. But then, their season seemed to end there.
It took them the remainder of the season (19 games) to win another 4 games and get another 17 points, ending the season in a disappointing 12th position. They were the team on the longest winless run when the season ended.
1 – Golden Arrows are the only side that failed to score a goal from open play throughout the period in the bio-bubble (two set-piece goals). Their two points in the bubble was also the joint-lowest, alongside relegated Polokwane City.
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By Opta Jabu