After 3 games the season is taking shape, obviously it is a marathon and teams have to pace themselves. This is how is see this season panning out

Title Contenders:

Mamelodi Sundowns - they have all the ingridients of title winning side. The current slump may prove to be a blessing in disguise unlike in the past where the hit the slump mid season after a good start. As soon as they recover their momentum will carry them through. The worst mistake that they could do will be to fire Neeskens. Teko Modise is getting back to something that look like his best and Edward Manqele is carrying on the form that got him purchased.

Kaizer Chiefs - They are a team that thrives on confidence. The early season form may build the fickle supporters confidence and scare the daylights out of some opposition. A confident and on form Chiefs is guaranteed atleast a point from many games. If they reach the long Afcon break with the current form then they will have set themselves up for a confortable run in. Their defence will and should win them the title.

Orlando Pirates - This is a team in transition and depending on how quickly they settle into the new approach and coach, they may have a frustrating season. Benni Mccarthy and Tiko Okonkwo s' experience will be vital to help the other guys and boast their confidence.

Dark Horses

SSU - Once again they have a squad of workaholics and a coach that knows how to win the title. Their downfall may be their defence that have to function without their previous captain and also the inexperieced but talented keeper that is going into the challenging second season. Thabiso Nkoana, Bevan Fransman and George Maluleke will be very key.

Also rans:

Moroka Swallows - They over achieved last season, they will be around again this season, but their hidden purse tendencies may haunt them later in the season. Lerato Chabangu and Katlego Mashego will star for them this season

Bidvest Wits - They have bought very well and will be functioning away from the media glare. Their experience will carry them through but will not be enough to to carry them to the podium. Calvin Kadi and Sbu Khumalo should star for them

FSS - They are good start is belying the carcass of the squad that they are let with. If Steve Khompela keeps them in the top 8, then it will be a great achievement. Kennedy Mweene and the unknown Luyolo Nomandela will be very key.

Strugglers :

Celtic : They are a shadow of what they are supposed to be, the trip to Seisa is not as intimidating anymore and the unsettled technical team suggests that they will struggle. Lack of any star quality in very apparent. Patrick Tyinemg and Letladi Madubanya will be key again this season.

Maritzburg United - They had a positive start, but they have a very thin squad, that is very weak in defence, they should be happy with a midtable finish. Delron Buckley and Cuthbert Malajila are the likely stars.

Black Leopards - Their african safari experience is proving very helpful. They need to sort out their goalkeeping department. Like MU they will garner enough points to avoid the relegation dogfight.

Platinum Stars - This is a season where they were supposed to build on the last season s momentum, but once again they were very quiet on the transfer market. Benson Mhlongo s industry and experience together with the fast maturing tight Malongoane should make for a comfortable finish.

Ajax - The timing of their latest transfers suggests that they are an unsettled team, their season will not be any better than the last. Captain Grenwald Scott and the upcoming Keagan Dooley will stabilise them. Bradley Grobler will score enough goals to keep them safe

TUKS - This is a seson for them to stabilise and settle in the top division. They have retained the same squad and added a few experience journeymen. David Radebe s work ethic and Thokozani Sekotlong s finishing will shock a few teams.

Relegation Bun Fight

Amazulu - They have a painful lack of ambition, and should have gone shopping for a coach as soon as the whistle blew to close last season. Their squad is devoid of any inspiration. Kagiso Senamela and Goodman Dlamini will carry the whole load.

Golden Arrows - Like thier neighbours they seem happy to just exist and be the dumping ground of other teams. Muhshin will walk the plank soon. In Keita, Bilankulu and Khuboni they have a good spine, but they have obvious lack of support from other squad members.

Chippa United - The owner has read too many novels or he believes too much in the fairytale of his life. They will struggle all the way back to where they came from. Andile Mbeyane may score enough goals to win himself a new contract in the PSL for next season.

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Hehehe... I'll answer that for him, Amidu's value decrased five times already... :)

Er, Brian abba Who?

Did I ever say MU will struggle? I still maintain that they should be happy with a midtable finish

This Marathon is on the home run, we have just got past the last curve.

Good anlysis on chippa United..

I didnt see Platinum Stars being league contenders....still 5 games to go.

Chiefs should hang in there.....we are almost there...



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