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Uthanda ungathandi, Pitso Mosimane rules PSL roost

12 May 2019 - 00:00 By BARENG BATHO-KORTJAAS

Bouncebackability. Tragedy. Comedy. Ecstasy. Stupidity. Inconsistency.
These were some of the themes of the 2018-19 season which came to a close with the crowning of the champs and relegation of the chumps yesterday.
Bouncebackability because AmaZulu managed to pull themselves up by the bootstraps after being docked six points for defying instructions by world football governing body Fifa and the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
In arguing against the sanction, Lunga Sokhela articulated his immense disregard of the rules with an argument laced with dangerous ignorance rolled in a roti of arrogance and washed down with a gulp of lunacy.
After a lengthy stay as resident cellar dwellers of the Absa Premiership log standings, it is great credit to Cavin Johnson that he was able to steer Usuthu to safety from a decision that had the potential to condemn them to relegation.
Comedy because really now comrades, fighters and democrats, what is happening at Kaizer Chiefs is not funny anymore. Commander-in-Draws Ernst Middendorp has overseen an outside top-eight finish.
Chiefs have a chance to save face from a season of misery with victory in the Nedbank Cup final against TS Galaxy on Saturday at the Moses Mabhida Stadium.
Should they succeed in showing Galaxy the stars, the silverware will only serve to paper over the cracks - deep fissures characterise the state of the one-time football force of the republic.
It would be funny if it weren't tragic.
Tragedy because without fail, every season we bury one of the soccer stars whose light is dimmed in blood-curdling car accidents - Sinethemba Jantjie joined Cecil Lolo, Richard Henyekane, Mondli Cele and Mlondi Dlamini in a long list of players who have perished on the road at ungodly hours.
Wiseman Meyiwa, 19, was fortunate to escape with his life from a car crash, though it left him confined to a wheelchair. Strength to you Singila.
Tragedy because what is happening in Bloemfontein shows professionalism the middle finger. Celtic management have brought back the shameful days of paying players on the 32nd day of the 13th month, if at all.
Siwelele, the green and white battalion of Celtic supporters who bring a carnival mood to Bloemfontein when they back their team to the hilt, deserve better than the soily shenanigans served up by the current management.
Ecstacy because Benni McCarthy was able to annex his first trophy in only his second season - and second final - as head coach. Not many make a successful transition from player to coach.
To succeed where many of his colleagues who have been coaching for decades have failed is a mark of a winner.
Losing lynchpin Thabo Nodada and fulcrum Roland Putsche to injury dealt a terrible blow to their title aspirations. Even without the duo, McCarthy has improved his team from fifth to fourth.
One wonders how different things could have turned out for City had the injury blues struck while they were in their groove.
Stupidity because it is unthinkable that a black man, David Thidiela, in SA in 2019 can embark on an unashamed tribal tirade against another black man, referee Victor Hlungwani, just because he didn't agree with how he officiated a match.Inconsistency because that was the hallmark of Bidvest Wits.When Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates had their hands full with their Confederation of African Football Champions League commitments, Wits had a chance to run away with the domestic championship.They tripped all over themselves and let it slip. While they snoozed, the Buccaneers sneaked in. They too went to slumberland, which allowed the Brazilians to samba back to retain their crown.Uthanda ungathandi (Whether you like it or not), Pitso Mosimane rules the PSL roost.

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