In 2004, a certain gentleman with deep pockets by the name of Patrice Motsepe bought a 51% stake in his home town club Mamelodi Sundowns. Since then Sundowns have won, six league titles, four Nedbank Cups, three Telkom Knockouts, three MTN 8s, CAF Champions League title, and the disdain of every other human being who doesn’t support their team. Whoever said money doesn’t buy you success is either a liar or divorced.
Sundowns formula for success could be summed up in these three easy steps:
Step 1: Purchase or lure away your competitor’s best players. By doing so you are essentially making them weaker. Step 2: Pay the said players an absorbent amount of money to ease the pain of sitting on the bench or in most instances in the stands. Step 3: Release the player three years later when they can hardly kick a ball.
After Sundowns’ 0-0 draw with Baroka last night, Pitso Mosimane lamented his team’s “unfreshness” after their win over Chippa United on penalties in the Telkom Knockout last weekend.
“Difficult game for us, you could see we were not fresh. That 120 minutes took a little bit from us three days back and these guys weren’t playing,”
“We like to make it difficult, my middle name is Mlungisi [meaning; the one who fixes], so I think sometimes the players try and test how much I can fix certain things, so it’s a test to see how difficult they can make things for me, but we keep going and we try to fix,”
This is what Rhulani Mokwena told Supersport after his team’s draw with Mariztburg United last night. Every time I listen to Mokwena’s post-game interviews I’m always left asking myself “What the heck is this guy saying?” One thing I’m never confused about, though, is the pattern of each of them. They go like this 1. The interviewer asks a question 2. He takes a moment to think about it (with a defeated expression on his face) 3. He goes on a soliloquy that either had nothing to do with the game or doesn’t make sense.
Last night the Buccaneers drew for their fifth time to go along with their four losses in their 12 games under Rhulani Mokwena. There always seems to be something wrong with his teams. If they are not conceding goals by they are failing to score.
I woke yesterday to the news that Benni McCarthy had been sacked as Cape Town City coach. The first thought that came to mind was: ‘Yeah, I didn’t think they would fire him now but I understand where Cape Town City is coming from. I mean, they have had a shitty start the season.’
Commiserations poured in on the internet from the likes of Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane, his now former player Kermit Erasmus, and Arsenal legend Ian Wright.
Wait a second, did someone die?
Don’t get me wrong, I loved Benni McCarthy as Cape Town City coach. From his attacking football, to his touchline gesticulations (or lack thereof), to his post-game interviews with quotes like this: “They [referees] all look nice, with their OUTsurance kit. But that was the best thing about the performance out there, the beautiful green and purple kit.” Him being unemployed even gives him a chance to replace Rhulani Mokwena at my Orlando Pirates. Benni is a young wealthy man who just lost his job, it isn’t that big of a deal.
I don’t know if the supporters of the Gunners should be flattered or should be worried. Unemployed Jose Mourinho is said to be interested in the Arsenal job if they decided to axe Unai Emery. The Spanish manager has been under pressure due to his team’s below-par start to the season.
Unai Emery has a problem. A defence problem. David Luiz and Sokratis are, to put it mildly, shite. Does Unai Emery know how to coach defence? from what we’ve seen this season so far it seems as though a. he doesn’t care, b. he doesn’t know, or c. all of the above.