Sun­downs coach heaps praise on ti­tle ri­vals Chiefs

The New Age (Gauteng) - - SPORT - MMASEKEPE MATSEBANE mmasekepem@the­newage.co.za

IT’S hard to be­lieve, but Mamelodi Sun­downs coach Pitso Mosi­mane has for the first time spo­ken of his ad­mi­ra­tion for Kaizer Chiefs.

Mosi­mane ex­pressed his praise fol­low­ing his side’s 1-0 vic­tory over Su­per­Sport United, which keeps the Brazil­ians within touch­ing dis­tance of PSL log lead­ers Cape Town City and Chiefs.

Sun­downs cap­tain Hlom­pho Kekana got his head to a stun­ning Teko Modise free kick to beat Ron­wen Wil­liams and hand Sun­downs their sec­ond win over their crosstown ri­vals in seven days.

For a while, Mosi­mane con­sis­tently made ref­er­ence to Or­lando Pi­rates, based on their CAF Cham­pi­ons League pedi­gree, giv­ing an in­di­ca­tion that he one day might find him­self in the dugout of the 1995 African cham­pi­ons.

In a sur­pris­ing twist, Mosi­mane has spo­ken of how he en­vies Chiefs, say­ing he too wants his side to win five matches in a row in the same man­ner that Steve Kom­phela’s men have re­cently man­aged. “I envy Kaizer Chiefs.

They have won five games in a row. We want to copy them. Five in a row puts you in a se­ri­ously good po­si­tion. We are po­si­tion­ing our­selves to put stress on the rest of the clubs (in the league chase),” Mosi­mane said.

But it was not long un­til he changed his tune, claim­ing that one of their wins would not have hap­pened had one of his play­ers, Souma­horo Ban­galy, not scored an own goal when the two teams met on the first day of the month.

“But maybe it is time for oth­ers to draw and for us to win. We have even scored goals for peo­ple, hand­ing them wins.

It is our time now. The slump has passed.

“We want draws to go to other peo­ple. I have had my time with draws and in­juries. Oth­ers can have them now.”

The Brazil­ians will not be in ac­tion this week­end as their next league fix­ture is on Tues­day against Ajax Cape Town at Lof­tus Vers­feld Sta­dium.

The reign­ing PSL and African cham­pi­ons will want to put one past the Ur­ban War­riors.

Fourth-placed Downs trail sec­ond-placed Bid­vest Wits by a sin­gle point with both teams hav­ing played 22 games, while Cape Town City are top of the log with 46 points, hav­ing played two more matches.

PIC­TURE: GALLO IM­AGES

KEY FAC­TOR: Downs skip­per Hlom­pho Kekana.

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