Reigning ABSA Premier League Champions coach Pitso Mosimane war of words with Kaizer Chiefs head honcho Ernst Midderndorp gathered momentum as they had a go at each other on SABC Sports Show, Soccer Zone on Monday Night where both appeared as guests.
The two coaches in charge of two of the “Big Three” clubs in the country are eyeing the 2019/20 Absa Premiership title at the end of the season which in recent memory Sundowns has made part of its furniture.
They were involved in a battle of wits live on TV in what expert call “mind-games” reminiscent of the great battles between former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho and Sir Alex Ferguson then in charge of Manchester United. Better still were the battles between Pep Guardiola of Barcelona and Jose Mourinho of Real Madrid.
Mosimane stoked up the flames by accusing Kaizer Chiefs of getting favourable decisions from the match officials. Kaizer Chiefs currently lead the log standings with Mamelodi Sundowns third on the log five points adrift of Chief but with two games in hand.
The two coaches have an opportunity to silence the other when the two sides meet in a Premiership clash on October 27 in what is expected to hotly contested affairs both on the field and in the coaches’ dug-out.
“A game between Sundowns and Chiefs is never a friendly game. And coach (Middendorp) is right, I’ve made a lot of noise. I thought that they don’t hear the noise so I’m glad they got the noise.” said Mosimane.
An infuriated Middendorp immediately heat back at Mosimane claiming the Sundowns coach is aimed at destabilising his team after the current fine run in the league whilst he can do better by focussing on his team.
“There’s a lot of making a lot of noise, not on your team but making noise on other teams. What does that tell you? It shows that there must be respect and a bit of fear. I talk about my players, my team and that’s it. I don’t need to get into refereeing decisions and other decisions” said Middendorp.
After all has been said and done, fans await exciting football action at different stadia across the country.
It might be early days yet but the two giants of local football have gave a good enough hint and football fans in the country might definitely be in for a value-for-money season lest they become the proverbial grass that suffers when two elephants fight with football action they would rather quickly forget about that does not justify all the hype and loud mouth.