Wednesday, May 16, 2018

The Most Improved And Biggest Regressions As South Africa Premier League Shuts Down!

South Africa Premier Soccer League is home to dozens of Zimbabwe professional soccer players and as the 2017/18 Absa premiership season comes to an end, one of the things every player wants to ensure they do after every season is to progress.

Despite South Africa having one of the most satisfying leagues financially in Africa, Zimbabwe professional players have also used the league as a steping stone to Europe. So everybody wants to progress and nobody wants to regress.

Well soca263, takes a look at Zimbabwean players who were involved in the league this season to find out who really got what they wanted.

Below are five players who have progressed the most this season and five who struggled with their game (regressers) in the just ended season, in no particular order.

1- Nyasha Munetsi, Orlando Pirates- (Progressed)
While it is just the beginning of his career with the Buccaneers, the 21-year-old Harare-born central midfielder has already made a huge stride in his short stinct at the Soweto giants this season. Having spend a year on loan to Baroka, Nyasha Munetsi faced uncertain future at Pirates, finishing the first half of the season on the sidelines, but when he was given the chance he grabbed it with both hands, featuring in 13 matches, 13 starts and 7 goal assists,  becoming one of the key players in the 'New Look' Pirates squad that finished second on the log this season.

2- Edmore Chirambadare, Kaizer Chiefs- (Regressed)
Having joined Kaizer Chiefs in 2016/17 season from Chicken Inn, Chirambadare had all the characteristics to succeed at Amakhosi, but the 26-year-old winger failed to impress making only 22 appearances in all competitions last season, and  this past season he has find it difficult to get game time, having only made five appearances for Amakhosi this season.

3- Teenage Hadebe, Kaizer Chiefs- ( Progressed)
Another player who started the season on the sidelines after a horrific injury that kept him out of making his PSL debut for nearly three months, came back with a bang. Since Mashamaite’s departure, Steve Komphela struggled to find the right combinations at centre-back positions, but with Hadebe(22), they appear to have found their solution– he’s dedicated, reads the game well and makes crucial tackles that often help the team win games. He has featured in 13 matches, started 13, made 9 Clean Sheets and scored a goal, helping Amakhosi finish third on the log in his short start at the club.

4- Gerald Takwara, Ajax Cape Town- (Regressed)
Having joined the Cape Town based side after an outstanding perfomance at the COSAFA 2017 tournament, Gerald Takwara (24) was tipped for huge success at Ikamva, but the strong-hold midfielder struggled for game time, making only 6 appearances, started 3 matches and also came in as a substitute three times since he arrived at the club in January 2018.

5- Knox Mtizwa, Golden Arrows- (Progressed)
After netting five goals in all competition during his loan spell from Bidvest Wits last season, Abafana Bes'thende rewarded Mutizwa with a permanent deal at the club. Mutizwa (24) has featured in 25 league matches this season, scoring 7 goals and a massive 17 goal assists according to Soccerway statistics.

6- Onismor Bhasera Supersport United - ( Regressed)
The former Warriors left-back has regressed a lot this season mainly due to a hip injury that kept him out of action for nearly six months. He only made 10 league appearances this season after featuring 23 times last season, losing his place in the Zimbabwe national team.

7- Butholezwe Ncube, Amazulu - (Progressed)
The former Tsholotsho FC midfielder has been a revelation at Usuthu this season, the 26-year old defensive midfielder who signed for Amazulu in 2016/17 season, has had a great stride in his career this season making himself a key player for Usuthu starting in all 21 matches he has fetured for the team this season helping them finish 9th position on the log. Ncube has also earned his first Warriors cap in Zambia's Four Nations Tournament in March 2018.

8- Kingston Nkatha, Supersport United ( Regressed)
Zimbabwe veteran forward has enjoyed less time on the field this season, having featured 23 times with three goals in last season, Nkatha has been frozen out at Supersport united playing only 743' minutes in 15 appearances the whole season. He has so far been released from the club for the coming season.

9- Ovidy Karuru, Amazulu - (Progressed)
The seasonal forward has enjoyed a good season at Amazulu. Having started slow at Usuthu last season where he made only 13 league appearances, Karuru (29) came out of his shell at the COSAFA 2017 tournament scoring six goals for Zimbabwe and scooping the Golden boot award before leading Usuthu to 9th finish on the log after featuring in 25 matches this season, scoring three goals and four assists in the process.

10- Danny Phiri, Golden Arrows - ( Regressed)
Deco suffered a huge disappointment this season. The 29-year-old defensive midfielder who featured in 24 premiership games in his first season at Abafana Bes'thende, was dealt a big blow after suffering an Achilles tendon injury in training just before the season starts. He has only made three appearances this season and has lost his place in the national team. He is yet to fully recover.


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