Last night for the first time in maybe history, Kaizer Chiefs supporters were on the side of Orlando Pirates when they met Mamelodi Sundowns. The Buccaneers beat The Brazilians at home for the first time since 2011
Bidvest Wits and Mamelodi Sundowns are hot on the heels of Kaizer Chiefs who blew a 12 point lead at the end of last year. Last night the pair played to a stalemate that didn’t help either of them.
“No one calls, and what I’ve heard, I think people have this illusion that I’m asking for big money… I don’t know about that,” said George Lebese On Robert Marawa’s Marawa TV.
The former Kaizer Chiefs attacking midfielder has been without a club since Mamelodi Sundowns decided not to renew his contract three months ago. It was rumoured this week that Amazulu were kind of interested but decided to pull the plug on that idea. Supersport United, a club he played for on loan for last season, were said to have called dibs on the 30-year-old’s signature after he left Downs. They changed their mind later when they figured Lebese would be a surplus to their requirement.
“Well, I think for now we are focusing on the players we have, I think we’ve got enough numbers in that position,” Supersport United coach Kaitano Tembo said.
“We’ve got [Aubrey] Modiba, [Kudakwashe] Mahachi, [Thabo] Qalinge and [Evans] Rusike so we are a bit loaded in that department for now, so we will only focus on what we have at the moment.”
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
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,”