Starting on Tuesday, we’ve been reviewing the DSTV Premiership season that just ended with a series of four articles featuring a few statistics on each team. Teams C to K feature today, as we turn our attention to Cape Town City, Chippa, Golden Arrows, and Kaizer Chiefs.
Cape Town City
Top Scorer in all competitions: Fagrie Lakay, Mduduzi Mdantsane (both 9).
After their assertive birth into the top-flight five years ago, this was the season when Cape Town City turned 5 years old. Yet, there is not much to celebrate. Their points total (41) was just slightly better than the 2017/18 season (40), but the class of 2020/21 collected the fewest wins of any CT City side since their formation.
For long regarded as the entertainers in the league, CT City spent most of the season as both top scorers and also as the team with the leakiest defence. That entertainers’ tag makes sense when you also consider the penalty stats:
17 – 17 penalties were awarded in matches involving City (8 for, 9 against), more than any other side.
The goals seemed to dry up as the season progressed, notably scoring in just one of their final five games, the period coach Jan Olde Riekerink spent on leave just before actually leaving. Five goals against AmaZulu aside, the defence actually fared better in the run-in, keeping 5 clean sheets in the last 10 games, compared to 3 in the first 20.
Only Mamelodi Sundowns (8), AmaZulu, and Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila (TTM) (both 6) kept more clean sheets than CT City since the first of April. That was a bit too late, however, and they took home the award for the second-worst defence – only relegated Black Leopards conceded more than City (47 – 42).
7 – CT City finished 7th in the league, their lowest ever position in the top-flight.
Perhaps Eric Tinkler’s return can bring the 2016/17 City back to life?
Top Scorer (all comps): Eva Nga (6).
Mention the words Chippa to any football fan, and one thing comes to mind – the never-ending rotation of coaches. If the foiled attempt to hire Luc Eymael doesn’t summarise Chippa’s season, then the ‘firing’ of Vladimir Heric with only two games to play in their top-flight campaign should. That said, Black Leopards (4) had more official coaches than Chippa (3) all season, so Chippa Mpengesi may call that an improvement. Yet, the rotation happened elsewhere:
39 – Chippa used 39 different players in the league this season, the most of all sides.
On the field, the rearranged fixtures meant Chippa played the first half of the season mostly away from home, including a run of ten successive away games until mid-February.
‘The Chilli Boys’ returned home around the time their home city was renamed to Gqeberha, but their fortunes did not change with the name. Their home record since then – Played 12 Won 1 & Failed to Score in 6, and it’s no surprise they sank meekly into the relegation playoffs. They could sink further still. If there is one stat to summarise their season, it’s this:
27 – 27 points in 30 games is Chippa’s worst return as a top-flight club since they were first promoted in 2012.
Top Scorer in All Comps: Velemseni Ndwandwe, Michael Gumede (both 7).
Golden Arrows, under Mandla Ncikazi, finished the 2020/21 season in the club’s highest ever position (4th). They have won more points before – 51 in 2002/3 – but that was only enough for 5th position in those days. It’s been an impressive season by all counts – they last saw more wins in 2008/9, more goals in 2010/11 and more clean sheets in 2005/6.
Only once before have Arrows had more clean sheets in a season (12 in 2005/6), and this season they recorded their fewest losses ever in a campaign. So, how come there is a lingering feeling that they could have done better?
Well, because Arrows won just two of their last eleven games, missing out on a Confederations Cup position by 3 points, and a Champions League place by just 7. In fact, they could have broken almost all their club records with one or two more wins, but the depth of the squad was tested the further we went into the season.
22 – Arrows used only 22 players in the league this season, the fewest of all sides.
Among those were Sifiso Mlungwana, Michael Gumede and Velemseni Ndwandwe, who deserve mention. Mlungwana became the first keeper in Arrows’ PSL history to record 11 clean sheets in a top-flight season. Ndwandwe scored 7 in 27 appearances, having scored one in four seasons before then (30 apps). Gumede also scored 7 this season, having scored one in his first top-flight campaign the season before. Yet, the nearly-season is also encapsulated in this one player stat:
38 – Knox Mutizwa scored his 38th league goal for the club against Celtic on 11 April, bringing him one behind Mabhuti Khanyeza (39) for the Arrows record in the PSL era. However, he failed to score in any of the last eight games and will have to wait until next season to attempt the record.
Top Scorer in all comps: Castro Leonardo (9).
Much has been written about Kaizer Chiefs’ annus horribilis (horrible year), and we can only summarise it here – fewest wins and points in PSL history, most goals conceded in a season, negative goal difference for the first time ever, and the split with Gavin Hunt tell part of the story. Joint-leaders for yellow cards, and second in the red cards table put Chiefs bottom of the fair play table – that’s another part of the story.
Yet there is life even in the midst of the chaos. Chiefs are the only South African side still in CAF competitions this season – with a semi-final battle against Wydad Athletic Club to come.
Securing Top 8 on the final day will be a major boost for Zwane, Sheppard & co. Our favorite stats from the season are Nkosingiphile Ngcobo, a player born after Gavin Hunt made his coaching debut, scoring four goals for Gavin Hunt. The hat-trick at the end of the season will also be one to savour:
1 – Lebo Manyama’s hat trick was Chiefs’ 10th league treble in the PSL era, drawing level with Supersport on a record 10 hat-tricks.
Arthur Zwane was co-coach during the 10th hat-trick. He was in the team when Chiefs scored their first hat trick of the 30-game era, scoring the 5th goal in a 5-0 demolition of Black Leopards in 2003.
Can you name the player that got a hat-trick in that game? (Hint: He scored with his Shoe]
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