BMT is the word for Steve and Muhsin

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - MAZOLA MOLEFE

RE­MEM­BER the term big-match tem­per­a­ment or BMT, some­thing Steve Kom­phela’s Kaizer Chiefs were ac­cused of lack­ing last sea­son?

Well, it’s go­ing to come up again in to­day’s Soweto derby against Or­lando Pi­rates at FNB Sta­dium ( 3.30pm kick­off).

Chiefs cur­rently top the log ( be­fore last night’s match be­tween Golden Ar­rows and Mar­itzburg United) af­ter a five- match win­ning streak and four con­sec­u­tive vic­to­ries in the PSL.

A Telkom Knock­out win, which came cour­tesy of penal­ties – but a win nonethe­less – is also in­cluded in that run.

As Kom­phela pointed out when Amakhosi lost their league opener against Wits on Au­gust 23, it takes a bit more than los­ing a match to be out of the run­ning for the ti­tle, but win­ing a derby can go some way in shap­ing a side into gen­uine cham­pi­onship con­tenders.

While Pi­rates have been strug­gling to deal with the but­ter­flies in their stom­ach since the ar­rival of Muhsin Er­tu­gral, Kom­phela has made sure that his sec­ond sea­son with the Glam­our Boys is one of ef­fi­ciency, and hope­fully silverware.

To­day’s clash could de­rail him if Chiefs are beaten, but it will not cost him his job.

Er­tu­gral, how­ever, is un­der enor­mous pres­sure. The Buc­ca­neers, al­though 2- 1 win­ners against Ar­rows in the Telkom Knock­out last week, are des­per­ate to put an end of their run of three draws in the league.

This week, Kom­phela re­minded every­one that be­ing a PSL coach meant you could be in the hot seat to­day and gone to­mor­row, ala Roger de Sa at Ajax Cape Town, and more so if you are in charge of one of the two big­gest clubs.

He knows all too well the pres­sure that comes with such a high- pro­file po­si­tion and that fail­ure, bar­ren sea­sons and un­der­per­form­ing play­ers can cost you dearly.

This sea­son has got to be bet­ter for Kom­phela – and the derby – where there’s pres­sure, great ex­pec­ta­tion and bragging rights at stake can eas­ily be a mea­sur­ing stick.

Er­tu­gral is no rookie in these cir­cum­stances and won sev­eral do­mes­tic tro­phies and a con­ti­nen­tal one dur­ing his time at Chiefs.

There are teething problems at Pi­rates, which were un­der­stand­able ear­lier in the sea­son, but are an­noy­ing the fans now and could re­ally test their pa­tience should the Sea Rob­bers go down against their ri­vals.

The two coaches are both des­per­ate to see their play­ers dis­play a bit of BMT this af­ter­noon, but the gen­eral feel­ing is that maybe Er­tu­gral needs vic­tory more. Be­ing com­pared to your ri­val and com­ing sec­ond- best is the worst feel­ing.

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