A strange thing happened yesterday. For the first time ever, Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates supporters came together and supported the latter in their quest to (a.) not lose against Mamelodi Sundowns and (b.) preferably beat them.
Mamelodi Sundowns came into the game nine points behind log leaders Kaizer Chiefs with a game in hand. A loss against Pirates would equal the number of matches played with Chiefs but the lead would stay intact. Downs went a goal down in the first half and never recovered.
I am an impatient person. I hate waiting. In this world we live in being restless is a bad thing. When you are young you are told: ‘you can only have the Yogueta after you finish the cabbage’, when you are a teenager: ‘you are only allowed to have some of your dad’s Gordon’s when you turn 18’ and when you are an adult: ‘you are only allowed to finish when I’m satisfied too’. Kaizer Chiefs are on top of the Absa Premiership, 10 points ahead of second-placed Mamelodi Sundowns. Is it okay for their supporters to begin celebrating or should they practice patients?
Kaizer Chiefs should be considered as a team that is most likely to win the championship. Their assistant coach Shaun Bartlett, however, doesn’t want his side to burdened with the ‘favorites’ tag. Continue Reading
Last weekend Pitso Mosimane’s Mamelodi Sundowns lost their second league game 3-2 against Golden Arrows at the Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium.
“As I said difficult game, what can you say difficult conditions for both teams obviously. Ja, the biggest mistake by our number one goalkeeper [Denis Onyango], it happens, it’s the conditions,” Mosimane told SuperSport TV in his post-game interview.
The ‘mistake’ or as the 2000’s call it ‘epic fail’ he was referring to was Denis Onyango’s error which led to Golden Arrows’ equalising goal. A seemingly harmless shot by Golden Arrows midfielder Danny Phiri slipped through the goalkeeper’s hands, went through his legs, and rolled over the goalline slower than a tortoise with arthritis.
“We know how we lost to be honest,
“I hope Denis mentally can recover from that because normally the bounce should bounce in front of the goalkeeper, but because of the conditions the bounce couldn’t favour him.” said Mosimane
If Pitso thinks the reason they lost the game was because of a goalkeeping error then he needs to give me some of the medication he is on. More on that later. Continue Reading
The Soweto Derby was kind of an anticlimax after the World Cup final last weekend. It was always going to be difficult to eclipse the Springboks winning the World Cup. It sort of like having breakfast with your 22-year old girlfriend in the morning then a few hours later going grocery shopping at Pick n Pay with your wife.
This weekend the Soweto Derby doesn’t have those pesky Makhwaphenis to contend with, they have the Saturday all to themselves.
Every encounter between two of South Africa’s biggest clubs comes with a new set of questions. Who will replace Happy Jele? Will referees keep their wits about them? If Pirates lose, what nonsensical excuse will Rhulani Mokwena have after the game? The answers to these and a couple more questions will give us an idea of what to expect on Saturday afternoon.
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,”