PSL Matchday Two: What did we learn?

Kabelo Mahlasela of Kaizer Chiefs is challenged by Thabang Monare of Bidvest Wits during the Absa Premiership match between Kaizer Chiefs and Bidvest Wits on the 07 August 2018. Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix

After two rounds of the Absa Premiership in South Africa, some issues around the 16 Premier Soccer League teams have become clearer.

KweséESPN rounds up five things we have learned at the start of the new season.

Same old, same old for Kaizer Chiefs

A new coach, a few new players, but the same old problems for Kaizer Chiefs.

The way they were picked apart so easily by BidVest Wits on Tuesday night will be a real worry for the club hierarchy, though in truth they only have themselves to blame.

Yes, new coach Giovanni Solinas will need some time to bed down his strategy, and he was given a 'hospital pass' by being appointed so late in the pre-season, but there are other issues for the side.

They remain largely toothless in front of goal, despite the addition of Khama Billiat.

The goal they scored against Mamelodi Sundowns on Saturday was due really to some horrendous defending, while Leonardo Castro's goal against Wits was from a set-piece that also should have been defended much better.

The Chiefs otherwise have been unable to create much in open play, and had Sundowns taken their chances they would be staring down at two heavy losses from two games.

The MTN8 quarterfinal at home to Free State Stars on Saturday has now taken on massive significance, with fans already restless towards the end of their loss to Wits.

Orlando Pirates will be hard to beat this season

The Pirates started with a disappointing 1-1 draw at home to newly promoted Highlands Park and followed that up with an accomplished 1-0 success away at Chippa United.

Those two games showed just how hard to beat they will be this season, with Highlands Park not managing a shot on target -- their goal coming via a howler from goalkeeper Wayne Sandilands as he failed to control a backpass from Gladwin Shitolo.

Chippa also had little sight of goal in their game.

Pirates are yet to hit their peak as an attacking unit, but they look organised defensively from 1-11 and teams will find them very difficult to break down.

Expect a lot of 1-0 or 2-1 wins this season

Steve Komphela's dream start is no fluke

After the hard time he was given at Kaizer Chiefs by the fans in the last few seasons, many around the country may be wearing a smile after Steve Komphela made it two wins from two in his new job at Bloemfontein Celtic.

Komphela was made a scapegoat at Naturena for an inability of club management to secure the right players to help him succeed, but he remains one of the most tactically astute coaches in the country.

He has been handed the reins at Celtic, and has engineered a 2-0 home win over Chippa and an excellent 2-0 away success at Lamontville Golden Arrows.

The side has looked organised and, perhaps most important, hungry for success -- something that many of the Chiefs players should admit was not there towards the end of Komphela's stay at Naturena.

It will be fascinating to see how far he can take Celtic this season.

Have BidVest Wits been revived?

The new-look BidVest Wits have come through two tough assignments in their opening games with six points, six goals and just one conceded, giving fans hope that Gavin Hunt's rebuilding job is bearing fruit.

The Clever Boys, who turned from champions in the 2016/17 season to relegation candidates last term, controlled their victories over Free State Stars (3-0) and the Chiefs (3-1), and in truth never looked troubled in either.

The form of Deon Hotto in both games was superb, and he is the perfect example of the type of player they have signed.

Ahead of last season, there was a move to sign players from Europe -- expensive additions to the squad who had little or no PSL experience.

This season, the club have turned that policy on its head, rather going into the market -- Scottish striker Simon Murray and Zimbabwean Terrence Dzvukamanja apart -- to sign players who know every well the South African league.

They look a team reborn and, without the distraction of the MTN8 or African club competition this season, could be major contenders for the league title.

Cape Town City: Too much tinkering

They say you should never change a winning team, and it will be interesting to hear the thoughts of Cape Town City coach Benni McCarthy over his frankly bizarre selections against Baroka FC in Wednesday's 2-1 loss.

After a commanding performance in the opening 2-0 victory over SuperSport United, McCarthy dropped new Dutch goalkeeper Peter Leeuwenburgh, left-back Edmilson Dove, midfield general Teko Modise and striker Siphelele Mthembu.

There is logic perhaps only in the axing of Modise, to keep him fresh for Sunday's MTN8 quarterfinal at Maritzburg United, but for the rest it is strange.

Mthembu came on and scored with virtually his first touch, and it is fair to say that none of the quartet had done anything against SuperSport to deserve being dropped.

For a second game running, Ayanda Patosi, whom both team owner John Comitis and McCarthy have been talking up as a match-winner in pre-season, was not used in the game.