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FM19 - The second stop of my 'Trip to' journey takes me to South Africa, I'll be managing Orlando Pirates from the 2018-19 Premier Soccer League season. Let's hope it goes more successfully than my trip to China with Guangzhou Evergrande...

Discussion
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May 2019 Round-up:

Upcoming Fixtures:

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The last month of our season. Could we win the Premier Soccer League title? Could we win Africa's top prize, the CAF Champions League? If we wanted to achieve those goals we would have do some major work, as we came into May 2nd in the PSL while we had to get past Mamelodi Sundowns in the Champions League semi-finals; with the tie level at 2-2 on aggregate following the first leg.
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Game 1: Orlando Pirates (RSA) vs. Mamelodi Sundowns (RSA) (CAF Champions League)

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Game 2: Orlando Pirates (RSA) vs. Black Leopards (RSA) (Premier Soccer League)

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Game 3: Highlands Park (RSA) vs. Orlando Pirates (RSA) (Premier Soccer League)

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Game 4: Kaizer Chiefs (RSA) vs. Orlando Pirates (RSA) (Premier Soccer League)

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Game 5: Orlando Pirates (RSA) vs. Wydad Casablanca (MAR) (CAF Champions League)

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Game 6: Orlando Pirates (RSA) vs. SuperSport United (RSA) (Premier Soccer League)

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Game 7: Wydad Casablanca (MAR) vs. Orlando Pirates (RSA) (CAF Champions League)

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Champions! What an absolute rollercoaster end to the 2018/19 season! So many twists. I have given Orlando Pirates their first Premier Soccer League title since 2011, unfortunately I couldn't give them a first CAF Champions League trophy since 1995 but overall it was a great season. I don't even know where to start, so many things occurred in May.

It began with a sensational result over Mamelodi Sundowns in the Champions League semi-final second leg. Thembinkosi Lorch went on a mad one and scored four goals as we won 6-0 over our domestic rivals, unbelievable way to reach the final; where we'd face Wydad Casablanca, who themselves won big in the semi-finals after dismantling TP Mazembe 5-0 in their first leg. Before the CAF CL final, we had three huge PSL fixtures in a row. Black Leopards were defeated first on a day where Cape Town City dropped points, which put it into our hands at that moment - it seemed if we won all our final fixtures, including over Kaizer Chiefs, we'd win the title. It wasn't quite that simple.

Highlands Park gave us an almighty fright on 7 May, the bottom half club went two goals ahead and, in truth, we looked dead and buried. However, after some tactical changes and, according to right-back Happy Jele, a great team talk, we rallied to take a dramatic three points away from home by winning 2-3. At full-time there was a twist, Bidvest Wits had won 0-3 in their match so went top of the table on goal difference! It was no longer in our hands. After Highlands Park, the following match was the massive Soweto derby versus Kaizer Chiefs. Xola Mlambo put himself in Orlando Pirates folklore with a stunning free-kick (see below) to help us defeat the Chiefs and take a massive step towards the trophy.

Even better news followed, as Bidvest Wits had drew away to SuperSport United. That meant we were 1st with one match to play, two points away from the 2018/19 PSL title. A massive, but welcomed, distraction followed - the first leg of the CAF Champions League final with Wydad Casablanca. Despite that and fitness issues, we were missing three key players for most of this period as seen above (Lorch, Maela and Shonga), we won the opening leg 2-1 on home soil. Despite the eventual outcome, a huge result which kept momentum high. Days later came the huge final day of the Premier Soccer League, we faced SuperSport Utd (h) while Wits hosted Highlands Park.

We didn't produce a great performance, we just couldn't find a goal against SuperSport - worse news followed as Wits went one nil up on 88mins versus Highlands Park which sent them top of the table with just minutes left. I went all-out attack and subbed on our best player Thembinkosi Lorch, who was still suffering with fractured ribs. Not that you'd know, as the man himself came on and scored a dramatic winning goal which sent us back above Wits. The referee blew his whistle and we were crowned Premier Soccer League champions! Incredible, incredible end! Lorch, with a rib injury, the hero. Crazy! Sadly we did then lose the Champions League second leg following a dreadful performance.

Delighted nevertheless! The league was the priority, I was more tense for that than the continental final. I can't wait for next season already!

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Five things to share.

A: Happy Jele credited me for the comeback over Highlands Park:
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B: Here's Xola Mlambo's derby day winner. Unreal moment:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htyg_rPyO_Y

C: As mentioned above, Thembinkosi Lorch won us the title with a 90th-minute winner despite suffering with fractured ribs. Hero!
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D: Our league triumph broke quite a few records:
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E: This month gave me my first Manager of the Month award, not a bad time to get it!
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Thanks for reading! I appreciate it.

Next Post: Pre-season 2019 Round-up

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Trophy Tally: 2
2018 | Top 8 Cup (beat Mamelodi Sundowns)
2019 | Premier Soccer League (beat Bidvest Wits)

Award Tally: 1
2019 | Manager of the Month (May)
My Careers:
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Trip to: China | South Africa
WOW! Great end to the season there mate winning the league. Is it now a case of job done or are you planning on staying? If you're staying I wouldn't worry about the Champions League, with this league win you can attract some quality players that should get you further in the champs league.
WOW! Great end to the season there mate winning the league. Is it now a case of job done or are you planning on staying? If you're staying I wouldn't worry about the Champions League, with this league win you can attract some quality players that should get you further in the champs league.

100% staying, hopefully I can build something long term - even if I don't I'll still play the save as long as I'm enjoying it and Orlando Pirates want me. Most I've consistently enjoyed a save of mine in a while.
My Careers:
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Am sure the club won't want to let you leave any time soon bro, am sure you can build on this success and make a dynasty at the Pirates.
Well done on the league title, a very good first season here indeed and a strong Champions league run to give you high hopes for further success im sure
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Well done on the league title, a very good first season here indeed and a strong Champions league run to give you high hopes for further success im sure

Cheers Dan! Hopefully next season is just as good as season one.
My Careers:
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Pre-season 2019 Round-up:

Upcoming Fixtures:

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My first season with Orlando Pirates went superbly, after achieving the club's first Premier Soccer League title since the 2011-12 season and reaching the CAF Champions League final; where we were sadly beaten by Wydad Casablanca. We also won the Top 8 Cup last campaign. I'm hoping for an even better season this year.
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Game 1: Beyonce (RSA) vs. Orlando Pirates (RSA) (Friendly)

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Just the one match in 2019/20 so far, it was against Queen B and we put eight past her - no surprise, 1v11 isn't easy.

This post is more about the off-field occurrences than the on-field stuff, most notably about our busy transfer dealings; most of which you can see started the Beyonce friendly.

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The off season has been filled with newsworthy items, including last season's end of season things (awards etc.) which can be seen below. First? Transfers.

I have signed five new players, all bar one are going to be senior team players. First in the door was Samkelo Mgwazela, an eighteen year old signed on a pre-contract a while back; looks one for the future. He was followed in by Bongani Khumalo and Riyaad Norodien. Khumalo may be familiar to Tottenham Hotspur and, erm, Colchester United supporters as a former player, I've signed him as a back-up centre-back; needed, also brings good experience. Norodien is a right winger, he's coming off a strong season with Cape Town City - one of our title rivals in 2018/19.

We weakened them further on 15 July by signing their top goalscorer Tokelo Rantie (AFC Bournemouth fans may recognise), I don't really need him but can't turn down a man with twenty-four goals last year; I kinda just signed him to take away a key player for Cape Town City. Before Rantie's arrival, former A-League man Anthony Cáceres joined the club from Manchester City - scouts/fans not too keen apparently, but I reckon he'll be good for us. Time will tell. Three players departed, none were first-team players.

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Three things to share.

A: Last season's awards can be seen here, including my Manager of the Season award:
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B: Here's the media's end of season review:
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C: I showed how the PSL finished last post, but here's how the subsequent relegation play-offs went. Tshakhuma up!
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Thanks for reading! I appreciate it.

Next Post: July/August 2019 Round-up

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Trophy Tally: 2
2018 | Top 8 Cup (beat Mamelodi Sundowns)
2019 | Premier Soccer League (beat Bidvest Wits)

Award Tally: 2
2019 | Manager of the Month (May)
2019 | Manager of the Season (2018/19)
My Careers:
FM15 | FM16 | FM17a | FM17b
FM19
Journeyman's Journey II
Trip to: China | South Africa
Hopefully you can repeat last seasons title win and get back to back victories. Maybe with the new signings you can really push on and win the champions league this time around.
Hopefully you can repeat last seasons title win and get back to back victories. Maybe with the new signings you can really push on and win the champions league this time around.

Hope so! I'm quietly confident.
My Careers:
FM15 | FM16 | FM17a | FM17b
FM19
Journeyman's Journey II
Trip to: China | South Africa
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July/August 2019 Round-up:

Upcoming Fixtures:

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The 2019/20 campaign is here, we are looking to retain the Top 8 Cup as well as the Premier Soccer League title, while also hoping to go one better on our runners-up spot in the CAF Champions League. An FA Cup would be nice, too - not that I wanna be greedy.
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Game 1: Orlando Pirates (RSA) vs. Kaizer Chiefs (RSA) (Be The Coach)

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Game 2: Saint George (ETH) vs. Orlando Pirates (RSA) (CAF Champions League)

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Game 3: Orlando Pirates (RSA) vs. Golden Arrows (RSA) (Top 8 Cup)

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Game 4: Orlando Pirates (RSA) vs. Saint George (ETH) (CAF Champions League)

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Game 5: Cape Town City (RSA) vs. Orlando Pirates (RSA) (Top 8 Cup)

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Game 6: Orlando Pirates (RSA) vs. Cape Town City (RSA) (Top 8 Cup)

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Promising first patch of the season, which we went through undefeated. Progression through the preliminary round of CAF Champions League was secured and we've made the Top 8 Cup final for the second year running, as we look to be the first team to retain the trophy since 2011 - which was achieved by Orlando Pirates themselves. We also won Be The Coach, which is a glorified friendly but a trophy I am taking!

Be The Coach was won by us despite some pretty awful team selection by our supporters, which you can see below but to summarise: they didn't select Thamsanqa Gabuza, our top goalscorer from last year, or fellow key players Paseka Mako (LW) and Asavela Mbekile (CM) - nor Kudakwashe Mahachi and new signing Anthony Cáceres - fools! January signing Siphesihle Ndlovu was the matchwinner versus our Soweto rivals, he scored our sole goal as well as the winning penalty. Nice moment for him! Just over a week later was our CAF CL first leg with Saint George in Addis Ababa, where we notched six goals but did concede three to leave the door ajar for our opponents.

Before the second leg with the Ethiopians, we fought Golden Arrows in the Top 8 Cup quarter-finals. It was a rather easy encounter as we put three past last season's fifth best team, all goals came from new signings - Riyaad Norodien (2) and Tokelo Rantie. Both of which aren't first-teamers at the moment, so good to see such strength in depth and positive impacts from new signings. Then came leg two with Saint George, as we secured a 3-1 victory on home soil and sealed advancement to the first round where we'll face Tanzania's Simba.

August 2019 ended with a double-header in the Top 8 Cup as we met Cape Town City in the two-legged semi-finals. Leg one ended in a 1-1 tie, which was a little disappointing but overall a draw away to a title rival (albeit in a cup) is a decent thing. Showed by the fact we beat the Benni McCarthy managed club at home in the second leg 1-0, Xola Mlambo with the goal. Bidvest Wits defeated Kaizer Chiefs in the other semi, so we'll face them in October's final.

As you'll notice, despite playing six competitive fixtures we still haven't had a league match. PSL games were scheduled but subsequently moved due to our cup exploits, but a few other teams have played. As such, we are 12th with SuperSport United leading the way. Rather odd.

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Three things to share.

A: Bit of a transfer update, I've signed one more player - young midfielder Teboho Mokoena from SuperSport Utd. Adds yet more depth. Few players left, none of major note:
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B: Here's the Be The Coach shenanigans, what were the fans thinking? Rigged by the Kaizer Chiefs faithful imo :
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C: Here's the board expectations:
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Thanks for reading! I appreciate it.

Next Post: September 2019 Round-up

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Trophy Tally: 3
2018 | Top 8 Cup (beat Mamelodi Sundowns)
2019 | Premier Soccer League (beat Bidvest Wits)
2019 | Be The Coach (beat Kaizer Chiefs)

Award Tally: 2
2019 | Manager of the Month (May)
2019 | Manager of the Season (2018/19)
My Careers:
FM15 | FM16 | FM17a | FM17b
FM19
Journeyman's Journey II
Trip to: China | South Africa
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September 2019 Round-up:

Upcoming Fixtures:

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Our Premier Soccer League campaign finally got underway this month, it was joined in the schedule by a CAF Champions League double with Simba.
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Game 1: Orlando Pirates (RSA) vs. Yebo Yes United (RSA) (Friendly)

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Game 2: Orlando Pirates (RSA) vs. Simba (TAN) (CAF Champions League)

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Game 3: Orlando Pirates (RSA) vs. Highlands Park (RSA) (Premier Soccer League)

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Game 4: Orlando Pirates (RSA) vs. Chippa United (RSA) (Premier Soccer League)

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Game 5: Kaizer Chiefs (RSA) vs. Orlando Pirates (RSA) (Premier Soccer League)

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Game 6: Polokwane City (RSA) vs. Orlando Pirates (RSA) (Premier Soccer League)

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Game 7: Simba (TAN) vs. Orlando Pirates (RSA) (CAF Champions League)

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Mixed month. Our PSL fixture list began with two wins and two defeats, one of which came against big rivals Kaizer Chiefs - the other was a silly 3-4 defeat to lowly Chippa Utd. In more positive news, we have progressed into the CAF Champions League group stages after defeating our Tanzanian counterparts over two legs; the win in Dar es Salaam being the clincher. In the groups we'll meet Horoya (Guinea), Ismaily (Egypt) and AS Vita (DR Congo). We should be controlling that. Arguably the biggest result this month was a friendly over Yebo Yes United, a lower league powerhouse!

We sit 6th in the league, very disappointing start. The Champions League groups are to come as mentioned, with Maritzburg United awaiting in the Knockout Cup first round. October gives us a chance to win a piece of silverware, with Bidvest Wits waiting for us in the Top 8 Cup final as we look to retain our trophy. The FA Cup is held back until 2020. Bigger and better performances are needed.

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Thanks for reading! I appreciate it.

Next Post: October 2019 Round-up

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Trophy Tally: 3
2018 | Top 8 Cup (beat Mamelodi Sundowns)
2019 | Premier Soccer League (beat Bidvest Wits)
2019 | Be The Coach (beat Kaizer Chiefs)

Award Tally: 2
2019 | Manager of the Month (May)
2019 | Manager of the Season (2018/19)
My Careers:
FM15 | FM16 | FM17a | FM17b
FM19
Journeyman's Journey II
Trip to: China | South Africa
2 disappointing losses in an otherwise decent 2 months mate. Loads of time to turn things around in the league.
2 disappointing losses in an otherwise decent 2 months mate. Loads of time to turn things around in the league.

Yeah. To be 3-1 up against Chippa United, only to lose 3-4 on home turf is diabolical.
My Careers:
FM15 | FM16 | FM17a | FM17b
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Trip to: China | South Africa
Yeah. To be 3-1 up against Chippa United, only to lose 3-4 on home turf is diabolical.


Something to work on though mate, all is not lost yet
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October 2019 Round-up:

Upcoming Fixtures:

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In this month, October, we had the chance to claim our first piece of major silverware (second overall, if you count Be The Coach - which I do ) in the shape of the Top 8 Cup, which we got our hands on last season so are looking to retain it. Just two other competitive fixtures were scheduled, one in the Premier Soccer League and one in the Knockout Cup - with two friendlies being set too.
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Game 1: SuperSport United (RSA) vs. Orlando Pirates (RSA) (Premier Soccer League)

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Game 2: Bidvest Wits (RSA) vs. Orlando Pirates (RSA) (Top 8 Cup - Final)

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Game 3: Mbombela United (RSA) vs. Orlando Pirates (RSA) (Friendly)

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Game 4: Mthatha Bucks (RSA) vs. Orlando Pirates (RSA) (Friendly)

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Game 5: Orlando Pirates (RSA) vs. Maritzburg United (RSA) (Knockout Cup)

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October couldn't have started better as we defeated SuperSport Utd in the league for a much needed three points, prior to defeating then-PSL leaders Bidvest Wits in the Top 8 Cup final. Champions for the second year running! Very nice. It also meant I was inducted into the South African Hall of Fame (see above). Unfortunately, friendly wins aside, the month ended with major disappointment as we were eliminated from the Knockout Cup at the first round - just like last season! We're pretty much in the same overall position than this time twelve months ago - Top 8 Cup champions but out at the first hurdle in the KO Cup.

Just the one PSL fixture this month so we're still quite a way behind the early pace setters Cape Town City, who are six points clear of us. Five league matches are scheduled for November, a major catch up is needed. The CAF Champions League returns next month with the group stage starting. Still four months away from the FA Cup.

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Thanks for reading! I appreciate it.

Next Post: November 2019 Round-up

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Trophy Tally: 4
2018 | Top 8 Cup (beat Mamelodi Sundowns)
2019 | Premier Soccer League (beat Bidvest Wits)
2019 | Be The Coach (beat Kaizer Chiefs)
2019 | Top 8 Cup (beat Bidvest Wits)

Award Tally: 2
2019 | Manager of the Month (May)
2019 | Manager of the Season (2018/19)
My Careers:
FM15 | FM16 | FM17a | FM17b
FM19
Journeyman's Journey II
Trip to: China | South Africa
Well done on a second Top 8 Cup. Always good to retain the title. Shame about the exit of the other cup but thankfully the board don't mind about that too much.
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Congrats on the cup, but what's with all the random friendly matches? You've got enough competitive games going on as it is to risk any injuries in random meaningless games. Still plenty of timein the elague to push up the table.
Well done on a second Top 8 Cup. Always good to retain the title. Shame about the exit of the other cup but thankfully the board don't mind about that too much.

Cheers! It certainly is. The Knockout Cup for sure isn't important, but I like to be in as many competitions as possible - to hopefully win them, like you are doing in your current save.

Congrats on the cup, but what's with all the random friendly matches? You've got enough competitive games going on as it is to risk any injuries in random meaningless games. Still plenty of timein the elague to push up the table.

Thanks! I only tend to schedule mid-season friendlies when there is a fourteen day+ break in-between competitive games, helps keep the players at match sharpness - which serves me well, I don't get *that* many injuries. And yes, I know I've just jinxed myself now!
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November 2019 Round-up:

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After winning the Top 8 Cup last month, we headed into November aiming to pick up our underwhelming Premier Soccer League form. We sat 8th coming into this period so a major pick up was needed, we had five PSL matches to find an improvement - while our CAF Champions League group stage campaign got underway.
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Game 1: Orlando Pirates (RSA) vs. Golden Arrows (RSA) (Premier Soccer League)

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Game 2: Ajax Cape Town (RSA) vs. Orlando Pirates (RSA) (Premier Soccer League)

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Game 3: Orlando Pirates (RSA) vs. Tshakhuma (RSA) (Premier Soccer League)

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Game 4: Highlanders (ZIM) vs. Orlando Pirates (RSA) (Friendly)

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Game 5: Free State Stars (RSA) vs. Orlando Pirates (RSA) (Premier Soccer League)

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Game 6: Orlando Pirates (RSA) vs. Mamelodi Sundowns (RSA) (Premier Soccer League)

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Game 7: AS Vita (COD) vs. Orlando Pirates (RSA) (CAF Champions League)

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What a great month. We will go into December full of confidence after securing top spot in the Premier Soccer League; though that is a little skewed as second place Cape Town City have three (!) games in hand. Still, as the old saying goes, I'd much rather have the points on the board. November actually started a little disappointingly as we were held by Golden Arrows, but we soon picked up strongly with wins over Ajax CT, Tshakhuma and FS Stars. Sundowns held us to a tie but it was a point I am OK with. Our Champions League group got underway with a convincing win in the DR Congo over AS Vita. Positive vibes.

December promises to be a massive month, with the pick of the fixtures being Cape Town City away on 22 December 2019. Bidvest Wits and Maritzburg United will give tricky tests too, I'm sure. We'll also met the other two teams in our CAF CL group - Horoya and Ismaily. Bring it on!

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Next Post: December 2019 Round-up

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Trophy Tally: 4
2018 | Top 8 Cup (beat Mamelodi Sundowns)
2019 | Premier Soccer League (beat Bidvest Wits)
2019 | Be The Coach (beat Kaizer Chiefs)
2019 | Top 8 Cup (beat Bidvest Wits)

Award Tally: 2
2019 | Manager of the Month (May)
2019 | Manager of the Season (2018/19)
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A very good month, cape town seem to be doing okay especially if they win even 2 of those 3 games in hand!
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A very good month, cape town seem to be doing okay especially if they win even 2 of those 3 games in hand!

Indeed, the great Benni McCarthy is the man at the helm at Cape Town City. Last season they were top after nine games (seven to ten played so far this) but ended up dropping a bit. Strong starters it would seem!
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Indeed, the great Benni McCarthy is the man at the helm at Cape Town City. Last season they were top after nine games (seven to ten played so far this) but ended up dropping a bit. Strong starters it would seem!


Have you given up on this dude?
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