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Key talking points in the PSL after the international break

After a weekend when South Africa as a country was forced to reflect deeply on where we are heading as a society, no top-level football was played with the national team players donning their training kit longer than usual.

While Bafana Bafana had games against Zambia and Madagascar called off without a ball being kicked, clubs and coaches in South African football joined forces to denounce xenophobia and violence against women.

As Nelson Mandela once said, "Sport has the power to unite people in a way that little else does" and it is with this in mind that we look ahead to what promises to be another exciting weekend of Premiership football.

The transfer window is firmly shut, so teams, players and supporters can concentrate on the ball instead of worrying about who might come and go.

It has been a while since you last saw your favourite club in action, so let's take a look at the key talking points ahead of the weekend's action.

1) Will Cavin Johnson still be in the Amazulu hot seat after KZN derby?

Reports have been circulating that Amazulu head coach Cavin Johnson could lose his job if he does not pick up a positive result in a KZN derby against Golden Arrows.

Usuthu have only picked up one point in their first four matches this season and they have scored only one goal in the process.

Johnson recently got the dreaded 'vote of confidence' from the board, with the club's general manager saying the coach's position is not under threat no matter what the result will be against Abafana Bes'thende.

Only time will tell, but it seems Johnson is in desperate need of a win to hold onto his position.

2) Can Rulani Buc the trend at Orlando Pirates?

The Buccaneers have been a side in free fall since their head coach Micho surprisingly quit the club last month to take up a post with Egyptian giants Zamalek.

They have been knocked out of two competitions and have played out two goalless draws in two league matches under the tutelage of Rulani Mokwena.

While he is highly-rated amongst his peers in the industry, Mokwena is learning that being head coach of a team as big as Pirates is unforgiving at the best of times.

This weekend against Chippa United is arguably a must-win for the former assistant coach, with the Ghost likely to become more vocal in their criticism if the club's winless streak continues.

3) Will Kaizer Chiefs maintain their unbeaten record?

Four games, three victories, no losses and 10 points on the board!

If you are an Amakhosi supporter you are probably in football heaven as your side started the season much better than how they ended the last.

Head coach Ernst Middendorp, it seems, has found a formula that works, especially upfront with new striker Samir Nurkovic looking like a good acquisition so far.

Polokwane City will be the next team to try an inflict a first loss of the season on Chiefs, although the Limpopo outfit might be slightly distracted on Saturday.

Rise and Shine have the small matter of the MTN8 semifinal second-leg on Tuesday and will no doubt have one eye on the Cup fixture as they try to reach their first-ever final in South Africa football.

4) Can Benni get Cape Town City back on track?

The Citizens have not yet hit their straps this campaign with their only victory so far being a hard-fought 1-0 success against newly-promoted Stellenbosch FC in what was a tense Cape derby.

City have already been knocked out of the MTN8, the trophy they won last season, while in their last encounter they threw away a lead to lose 2-1 at home to Kaizer Chiefs.

The changing of home venues has not helped results but they face a test of character as they travel to Tshwane to face a dangerous Supersport United outfit.

Benni will need to use all his magic to conjure up a positive result against Matsatsantsa.