Pirates' attitude sits as a large anomaly where other Premier Soccer League (PSL) teams should regularly be in the line for honours.
The team offer their opponents much more midfield space, a chance to dominate them in the centre of the field and a defence that has looked rickety.
The PSL clubs with the deepest pockets promise to be the stars but history is a lesson in caution.
Egypt's Zamalek come to town to face a Pirates side that has excelled in recent African matches.
The PSL transfer window opens next week and some clubs will be looking abroad for new players.
Manchester City coach Manuel Pellegrini has started the mind games early for next season by attacking his Chelsea rival.
After two decades of using expat coaches, Amakhosi have finally opted for a local. Can Komphela deliver?
The upcoming World Cup is the latest chapter in a narrative of disappointment for SA's women.
Despite a dominating title win, Amakhosi have much wheeling and dealing to do before next season.
Dutchman Alje Schut is to play his last game in South Africa.
Irresistible Argentinian steals the show again to leave his old master grasping for a system.
Inconsistent in the league and hot in the cup, the community-based side is drumming up support for the semis against Mamelodi Sundowns.
The image of the stylish golden boy of South African football's golden age will live on.
Mamelodi Sundowns have imploded, opening the door for two other clubs to bump them out of second place.
Tactically Sundowns were outsmarted by Clinton Larsen, the Celtic coach who had travelled to Mbombela in the last week to spy on the opposition.
After tepid home displays South Africa's three representatives are likely to bow out of Africa.
It is nearly a week since Barcelona defeated Real Madrid in El Clasico, but the effects of Luis Suarez's sublime goal are still being felt in Spain.
SA have fallen prey to Nigeria many times, but now have a chance to down the wounded Super Eagles.
After the African Nations Cup debacle, Shakes seems to have no choice but to bring back Bafana's brash foreign-based players.