The DSTV compact cup will be contested by four teams comprised of players from various PSL clubs. It will be played as a top-four, with the winner of each tie advancing to the final, where the two winners will face off for the title.
Many Mamelodi Sundowns players were left out of the starting lineups, as the club had complained about their tight schedule and the fact that their players would be tired. The majority of the players allowed to compete in the tournament by the Tshwane Giants are benchwarmers.
Khama Billiat of Kaizer Chiefs was the shocking exclusion, and many Amakhosi fans were shocked because they voted for him to play in the tournament. The club has not stated the reason for his exclusion, but I believe it is to protect him from injuries so that he can continue to shine in the league. He has been plagued by injuries since joining Amakhosi, and I believe the club is attempting to avoid injury to their star player.
I also believe they didn't want to release both him and Keagan Dolly because Kaizer Chiefs wouldn't be a threat to opposing teams without them. It would be great to see his combination with Lorch and Dolly, but that will have to wait until Lorch decides to join Amakhosi.
Perhaps he didn't want to play because he didn't want to be slandered by the Zimbabwean media for refusing to postpone his retirement and rejoin the national team, which is currently competing in the African Cup of Nations. They'd be furious if he refused to play for the national team but instead chose to compete in a top-four tournament in South Africa.
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