Fan Reaction Show

The Fan Reaction show features your voice! The SL Podcast's fans comment on games, signings and all the happenings in Mzansi Football.

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"Chiefs Can Beat Sundowns Without Nurkovic"

Kaizer Chiefs suffered two massive blows to their attack in their 1-1 draw with Stellenbosch FC over the weekend. In the first half, Leonardo Castro had to be subbed off for an injury concern which means he is a doubt for Thursday’s clash Mamelodi Sundowns. Castro’s replacement, and Chiefs’ top scorer, Samir Nurkovic then picked up a fourth yellow card which will see him miss out on the same match through suspension. Amakhosi fans remain optimistic, despite the loss main of their main attacking threats.

On SL Radio’s Fan Reaction Show podcast, one fan suggested that Downs coach Pitso Mosimane won’t know how to prepare for the match arguing, “The plans of Pitso are dead, because he planned for Nurkovic, he planned for Castro, so his tactics will change because he’ll never know which player Chiefs will play up front. Kambole scored his first goal, it’s a wakeup call to him. He’s gonna be in the starting line-up, it’s going to be difficult for Sundowns to defend him because the confidence of that boy is high”.

During the podcast, fans also debate Sundowns’ bubble struggles and Orlando Pirates Pirates attacking woes.

"Without Katsande, We Will Lose This League"

The Premier Soccer League (PSL) title race took a turn this past weekend, as Mamelodi Sundowns played out a draw against Highlands Park, allowing Kaizer Chiefs to take a six-point lead at the top of the table after their victory over Polokwane City. Amakhosi’s line-up had changed from their mid-week draw to Bidvest Wits, most notably with midfield general Willard Katsande dropping to the bench. Katsande scored the first of Chiefs’ three quick-fire goals in their comeback victory, suggesting that he was the catalyst in Amakhosi’s quick turn around.

On SL Radio’s Fan Reaction Show podcast, one fan suggested that without Katsande in the team, that Amakhosi might lose the league, stating “We must always play Katsande, without Katsande there is no league. I’m warning [Middendorp], if he puts Katsande aside, he’ll lose this league.” Many fans were full of praise for Katsande, who’s been a mainstay Chiefs’ midfield, as well as man-of-the-match Samir Nurkovic who bagged a goal (his 13th goal in the PSL) and two assists.

During the podcast, fans also debate Sundowns’ title chances as the big clash between the two title hopefuls draws closer.

PSL Supporters’ Suggestions For Next Season!

The Premier Soccer League (PSL) has announced that the 2020/21 campaign will get underway on October 9th 2020. Specific details regarding venues and match schedules are yet to be announced, and PSL supporters will be interested to see if they’ll be able to attend matches at any point in the season. On SL Radio’s Fan Reaction Show podcast, supporters aired out some issues that they’ve had with the viewing experience this season and discussed what they’d like the PSL to do ahead of the new campaign if they will be allowed back in stadiums.

“Most of the games were played during the week. We, as people who are staying far, most of the games are in Gauteng. Most supporters are having trouble attending games, that’s why sometimes you see most of the games, there are no supporters”, one supporter stated.

“The things which are not making me happy about the PSL is the price of the tickets and the way we get the tickets. Sometimes it’s difficult to go to Computicket to get the tickets. So I suggest they bring back the style of buying tickets at the gates. That’s my main concern”, a Kaizer Chiefs fan suggested.

Discussing how the league should manage the campaign given the struggles with condensed schedules, another fan stated “For next season to work, I think the PSL should scrap the December break. They should emulate leagues like the EPL (English Premier League), where games are played throughout December.”

So far, the PSL chairman Irvin Khoza has only announced the start date (October 9th) of the 2020/21 season.

'How Can A Team Play 10 Games In 29 Days?'

As the Premier Soccer League (PSL) & Nedbank Cup resumption approaches, two sides have it harder than most: Mamelodi Sundowns & Bidvest Wits. Between August 8th & September 5th, Masandawana and 'The Clever Boys' will have to play their remaining nine PSL fixtures, as well as a Nedbank Cup semi-final. This also means that one of the two sides will have an 11th fixture in the form of a Nedbank Cup final.

Sundowns coach, Pitso Mosimane took to Twitter to warn fans of the tough road ahead, stating, “It is going to be an extremely bumpy ride. Buckle up, Masandawana. We are going to need something special to fight to get the last two trophies!" As usual, his statements caused debate among PSL supporters as Mosimane has become a popular, yet divisive figure in the media in recent years.

“I agree with Pitso. How can a team play 10 games in 29 days? God loves all of us. I know we will do it. Good luck downs”, one supporter told SL Radio’s Fan Reaction Show Podcast. Another supporter claimed, “It’s just Pitso Mosimane playing mind games, he’s just up to his old tricks and no-one should listen to coach Pitso at all because we have seen this movie before.”

PSL Fans Voice Betting Concerns

While much of the concern regarding the return of local football is focused on the title race and relegation battle, Premier Soccer League (PSL) fans have raised concerns over the bets which have already been placed on upcoming fixtures. The restart delays have left supporters confused and frustrated, as a lack of clear communication between the PSL & the South African Football Association (SAFA) continues to make headlines.

“PSL or SAFA must understand that PSL games do not only affect them but [also] those people who bet and investors and all those people. Some people have already put their money on the upcoming games and so forth, so what will happen to [them]? They don’t care about those people who are doing business. So I think this will cause confusion amongst us,” one supporter told SL Radio’s Fan Reaction Show Podcast.

SAFA have suggested that the league will resume on August 1st, with Gauteng has been confirmed as the province which will host the league’s ‘bio-bubble’ conclusion, but an official schedule has not yet been announced

'The PSL & SAFA Are Playing With Us'

The Premier Soccer League (PSL) & the South African Football Association (SAFA) have been under the microscope since the suspension of football in March of this year, and once again the apparent rift between football’s governing bodies has come under scrutiny.

The disagreement is over the date & venues for the proposed resumption of the Absa Premiership & GladAfrica Championship. The PSL’s hopes for a July 18th return were rejected by SAFA, and PSL supporters are growing frustrated with the continued divide.

One Fan told vented his frustrations on SL Radio’s Fan Reaction Show; “SAFA & The PSL are playing with us. Why don’t they sit and discuss amongst themselves, and then come back and tell us the conclusion?”

“The only problem in RSA football is SAFA, even the poor performance of our national team. PSL is more competent than SAFA", said Sizwe in Soccer Laduma’s Facebook comments section.

The PSL looks set to resume early August, although details have yet to be confirmed as to when and how, with Gauteng being touted as the most popular province to host the bio-bubble format conclusion.

'The PSL Must Not Choose Gauteng'

The PSL will soon announce which province will host the conclusion to the 2019/2020 season. It has been reported that the North-West Province, Gauteng & Kwa-Zulu Natal are the frontrunners. In today's show, PSL fans voice their opinions on where the Absa Premiership finale should take place.

"I suggest that Gauteng mustn't be the province that [should] host the remaining PSL games due to the fact that Gauteng is on high risk [of COVID-19]. I think it's better for maybe the North-West but I think it will be a problem due to the fact [that] they only have small stadiums," one Fan stated.

Another fan argued on the contrary stating, "I would like the PSL to host the remaining games around Johannesburg because here we have more fans and we are not allowed to travel far."

The latter response shows that many PSL fans still believe that they may be able to attend the remaining matches, despite lockdown regulations stating the opposite and the PSL stating clearly that matches will be held behind closed doors.

'Pirates Can Still Contest For The League'

Kaizer Chiefs sit atop the PSL standings with 48 points while Mamelodi Sundowns remain hot on their heels, with 44 points a game in hand. While the title appears to be heading to either Naturena or Chloorkop, there is still an outside chance for the likes of Orlando Pirates & Bidvest Wits to challenge for the league glory. Only 10 points separate log-leaders Amakhosi from Bidvest Wits in 6th position.

While most PSL fans remain adamant that the title chase is a two-horse race, Orlando Pirates supporters felt that the Bucs deserve consideration as well. Answering an SL Radio fan poll, one listener responded: “Orlando Pirates FC can still contest for the league with Kaizer Chiefs FC and Mamelodi Sundowns FC."

Responding to the question “Who else in the Top 6 can challenge for the PSL title?”, another Pirates fan stated, “If not Pirates then I have no idea who else deserves this league, come on we been through a lot this season, give this beautiful football playing team a break.”

"Chiefs Made Their Bed, So They Should Lie On It"

PSL fans are debating the fairness of the new date for Kaizer Chiefs’ transfer ban appeal being set for September, a date after the current transfer window closes at the end of August.

After being handed a 2-window ban from transfer activity over the signing of Madagascan midfielder ‘Dax’ Andrianarimanana in July 2018, Amakhosi have appealed the ruling from the world football governing body’s Player’s Status Committee. However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, their new appeal date means that they’ll miss out on any activity during the current window, even if their appeal were to be successful.

PSL Fans are torn as to whether or not the ruling is reasonable, especially considering the severity of Chiefs’ alleged transgressions. “I believe that Kaizer Chiefs made their bed, so they should lie on it. Their management had it coming, this thing of buying players on a discount, trying to rip off teams, there’s always something wrong with Chiefs buying players”, one fan told SL Radio.

Taking the opposing opinion, another fan stated “I think it’s not fair at all. They should just fine Chiefs maybe R2 Million. But to not sign players for two transfer windows, come one!” There has been speculation that Amakhosi are attempting to have the ban suspended but nothing has been confirmed by Chiefs or FIFA regarding this rumour.

“Hunt Can Win The League With Cape Town City”

In today’s Fan Reaction Show, PSL fans react to the news that after 99 years as Mzansi’s oldest football, Bidvest Wits have had their PSL status purchased by Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila (TTM), leaving coach Gavin Hunt without after a job after the 2019/20 season. While many believe the 4-time PSL champion should join Kaizer Chiefs after months of being linked with a move to Naturena, others have suggested Hunt should join Cape Town City. Hunt has repeatedly denied links with Amakhosi, stating his issues with the hierarchy structure at Big 3 teams.

Speaking to the South African Football Journalists Association last month, he recalled his interaction with an unnamed Big 3 chairman, stating: “I said‚ ‘Mr Chairman there’s only one problem here – you’ve got four or five bosses here. I’m the boss’. “He said‚ ‘No‚ no‚ that will never work’. I said‚ ‘I’m the boss. You know‚ I’ve got to bring‚ sell and buy. Obviously, you sell‚ but I’ve got to say this one can go and whatever’.

“Finding A Sponsor Should Not Be A Problem”

In today’s Fan Reaction Show, PSL fans debate what’s next for the league, as Absa and the Premier Soccer League (PSL) will be ending their sponsorship relationship. From Castle Premiership to Absa Premiership to something new, after 13 years, the PSL’s top flight will take on a new name. Supporters have plenty of ideas, including Multichoice, the Motsepe Foundation & more.

“He’s Good At Playing Mind Games…”

In today’s Fan Reaction Show, PSL fans debate Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane’s comments regarding offers he had received before extending his Masandawana contract. “I had offers from here, from South Africa. I am not going to mention teams because some of the things are confidential", Pitso told journalists, igniting debate as to which club(s) he’s was referring to. While many believe that the team in question is Kaizer Chiefs, where it been rumoured that Ernst Middendorp may be on the way out after this season. However, other supporters believe that Mosimane is playing mind games.

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