Local News - Issue 184

Orlando Pirates have dismissed rumours linking the club with former coach Ruud Krol. Current coach Roger de SA is said to be skating on thin ice after losing two finals, the CAF Champions League to Al-Ahly and the MTN8 to Platinum Stars. The Buccaneers also lost 3-2 at home to Bloemfontein Celtic at the weekend to remain bottom of the log, although they have played many games less than their rivals. - Full Story via Kickoff

Lefa Tsutsulupa is out of action until the new year, but Moroka Swallows have been boosted by news that Siyabonga Nomvete will be ready for Wednesday’s game against Bidvest Wits. Birds coach Zeca Marques was critical of Mamelodi Sundowns players’ physical approach during their League clash on Sunday, and Nomvete was one of the players who felt the brunt as he needed to leave the field for stitches. However, Marques says ‘Bhele’ will be ready to resume his duties against the Students. - Full Story via Kickoff

Orlando Pirates defender Lucky Lekgwathi has broken Calvin Marlin’s record of most top-flight starts by a player still active in the PSL. Lekgwathi started for the 378th time, one more than Mpumalanga Black Aces reserve goalkeeper Marlin, in Bucs' 3-2 League defeat to Bloemfontein Celtic on Saturday at Orlando Stadium. Marlin last played a game for Mamelodi Sundowns on April 21 last year, while he has featured just 19 times since May 2009. - Full Story via Kickoff

Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Siphiwe Tshabalala has thanked his critics for keeping him on his toes following his 200th appearance for the Phefeni Glamour Boys. Shabba marked the milestone by scoring as well as providing an assist in a 2-0 win over Free State Stars on Saturday at Charles Mopeli Stadium. - Full story via Kickoff

AmaZulu coach Craig Rosslee blamed fatigue for Usuthu's underwhelming display in a 2-0 loss to University of Pretoria at the weekend. Rosslee's men, who next face neighbours Golden Arrows at King Zwelithini Stadium in a fortnight, went down to strikes either side of the break from Khethukuthula Zwane and Grant Kekana at Tuks Stadium. - Full Story via Kickoff

Pitso Mosimane says he has an obligation to give Mamelodi Sundowns fans what they have been "crying for" in the past few years. Sundowns returned to the top of the Premiership table after a 2-1 win over Moroka Swallows yesterday. The Brazilians lead second placed Kaizer Chiefs by two points with a game on hand – but Mosimane says they are taking it one game at a time. - Full Story via Kickoff

Zimbabwean striker Tendai 'Fire' Ndoro is finally on his way to join Mpumalanga Black Aces. The 25-year-old signed for Amazayoni from Chicken Inn at the end of August, but the club did not receive his international transfer clearance in time for the September 2 deadline. The Warriors star was loaned back to Chicken Inn for the first half of the season, where he managed to win the Zimbabwe Premier League Golden Boot with 18 goals despite missing two months of the season. - Full Story via Kickoff

Roger De Sar has been under pressure at Orlando Pirates from the day he took the job, and while the club’s incredible run to the CAF Champions League Final may have brought some respite, there are those who argue that he is one loss away from the axe. This weekend saw the Buccaneers crash to a 3-2 home defeat at the hands of Bloemfontein Celtic – a result which leaves them bottom of the log with seven points, though they have played considerably less matches then the rest. - Full Story via Kickoff