Football411's Anthony McLennan continues to be impressed by the management skills of Chippa United caretaker coach Farouk Abrahams, and believes it is perhaps time for him to get the job full-time.
On Wednesday, Abrahams' ploy to keep faith in under fire goalkeeper Daouda Kassaly paid dividends in the 0-0 draw with Orlando Pirates - a game that saw the struggling Cape side start as overwhelming underdogs with bookmakers like Paddy Power. The Niger shot stopper made a string of fantastic saves and redeemed himself after a dismal showing in Chippa's previous match, a 3-2 loss to Ajax Cape Town.
Benni McCarthy in particular had to watch on in disbelief when Kassaly somehow managed to scoop his second half goal-bound shot over the bar in what was a world-class save.
Under other managers, Kassaly may not have even played against Pirates - the howler that allowed Ajax to win the game would in many cases have lead to an axing.
But as a former player, Abrahams has impressed fans, pundits and those who like to bet on football, with his knowledge of the intricacies of the game.
He knows what makes players tick, and decided not only to play Kassaly, but to give him the captain's armband, which arguably led to the Cape side picking up a point.
"The major thing we did was to make the goalkeeper captain after the disaster against Ajax," explained Abrahams, "everybody thought I should drop him, but being a former goal keeper myself I thought this man deserves a bit of pride and dignity.
"To give him the captaincy was the right thing to do, it could have backfired, but I thought he was outstanding."
Abrahams added that he the side is also benefiting from the opportunity he has given to three players that were previously overlooked.
"What I have achieved now is to create more depth in the side. When I took over it was 10, 11 players and that was it.
"Unfortunately the previous coach isolated good players, like Larry Cohen, Martin Moonsamy, James Okwuoso, they were all players that were in isolation. There was no depth, these guys were languishing in the reserves.
"The key to our football is the character and competitive spirit. Lots of heart, lots of character. We can't out-pass teams like Pirates in our wildest dreams. We can't play from the back, which we admit, we look silly, So percentage football is what we do."
By Anthony McLennan