This article and others found in"The Critique" archive are not the opinion of Santos FC. This forms the opinion of the anonymous Critique.
Welcome readers to the first edition of “The Critique”, an anonymous writer that has been assigned to watch, analyze and criticise world football, but particularly focus on the South African PSL.
With the first month of world football behind us, the one thing that has been consistent is that goals are being scored. Victories with 4 to 5 goal margins have been a regular thing in the English Premiership and the Spanish La Liga. However, I am not here to waffle about what is happening in Europe, I am here to talk about what is happening here in our ABSA Premiership. With 3 rounds of games or 24 fixtures under our belts, the league has not failed to produce some goals, 54 goals at an average of more than 2 goals per game to be exact.
The current PSL campaign has started in the same manner as it ended last season, with Pirates, Chiefs and Sundowns sitting pretty at the top, while Santos, Arrows and Amazulu are struggling at the end of the table they do not want to be at. Santos the worse off of the bottom teams has had 1 victory since the 2010/11 Christmas break, which is not something the club can be proud of.
Another current topic of conversation is the recent MTN 8 final that saw Orlando Pirates successfully defend their title in yet another Soweto Derby that produced more hype than goals or excitement. A sold out FNB Stadium which only saw one long range goal from the boot of Oupa Manyisa, which put South Africa’s number one goalkeeper, Itu Khune, under the spotlight for what should have been a regulation stop. But, one shouldn’t point fingers at Khune as Santos’ Tshepo Motsoeneng has done the same on two occasions this season so far.
Santos take on the re-crowned MTN 8 champions on Wednesday, 14th September, at Orlando Stadium which could prove a tricky fixture for both teams as Santos are out to look for their first points for the season. As for Pirates, who have won their first silverware for the season, the fixture comes only 4 days after the MTN 8 final that went into extra time.
With a full round of fixtures this coming week, we have lots to watch and lots to crit!!