This week saw the Absa Premiership title race intensifying, the likes of Sundowns, Aces and Bidvest Wits in a three way battle with Chiefs not far behind.
Black Aces goalkeeper Shu-aib Walters said the following, after his man-of-the-match performance against Bidvest Wits took AmaZayoni to the top of the table until Saturday evening.
“I have tears in my ears because it was a very important game for us, and I knew that if we overcome this then people will take us seriously. We’re still underdogs at the moment.”
Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane is excited about the prospective title race which lies ahead:
“I see this as a roller-coaster every week, it’s beautiful. What I like, we now have one party that has come in which is Aces. It’s good and maybe the focus will also now shift a little bit away from Sundowns because Wits is still in it. I still believe Chiefs is part of it to be honest. It’s a long way, it’s exciting.”
Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela was relieved to see his side winning away to Bloemfontein Celtic, always a tough fixture:
“If you asked me earlier what is the difference between winning and drawing, I would say to score a goal, and that’s what happened. If we didn’t get that goal we would be sitting on a draw again.”
Orlando Pirates coach Eric Tinkler says he had to have a few word with his players in the Harry Gwala change-rooms after his side went into the break 3-1 down against Maritzburg.
“At half time I had to fix a few things; I had a bit of a go at them but not too harsh, but a bit of a go that they need to follow instructions,” he said.
Chippa United beat Golden Arrows 2-0, but coach Dan Malasela says he is still looking for squad reinforcements.
“Players come and players go. This is life and it goes on, that’s all. But to be honest we can’t close doors and we can’t shut the doors to any players. We need wingers, out-and-out wingers, and it’s not easy to find them at this time of the season.”
Despite some great action over the last three days, the weekend will be remembered mainly for the untimely death of Maritzburg United midfielder Mondli Cele, who died in a motor vehicle accident on Sunday morning.
His former coach Mandla Ncikazi knew the player from Port Shepstone very well:
“Mondli was a sheep outside the field and was a lion on the field, very humble,” Ncikazi told Power 987 Sport.