Mamelodi Sundowns are closer to winning their second title in three years, after beating defending champions Kaizer Chiefs 3-1 on Saturday night.
Here’s how the coaches reacted to their vital win:
“Very hectic, very stressful, but be that as it may, Barca are stressing, Real Madrid are stressing, Bayern are made to wait, Leicester are waiting,” Downs coach Pitso Mosimane told SuperSport TV after the game.
“I’m not saying we are on the same level but I’m saying the stresses and the pressures [are the same at this time of the season]. But it’s okay, we added [three points].
“At least we played a little bit smarter, we managed to play very well ten against eleven, unlike the mistakes we committed against Pirates, at least we learnt something. We won when it mattered most, and we needed it, we showed that we wanted it more than anybody.
“We are where we are because we have put ourselves here, we don’t need a favour, we don’t need anybody to do us a favour, not yet.
“At the moment we are still driving our own vehicle, we need to calm down but we need to repeat we played a very good team, it’s a big victory. The team is in the right space.
“I hope we have the right mentality against Tuks [in our next game]. But nobody can win all their games, who can win all their games? If we don’t win we must get a point, you have to do what is needed.”
“I don’t like to win against my brothers like Steve [Komphela] but he has to understand, we’re surviving, we need this cup. I told you, I want to go get it back, I know where it is.”
This is what Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela had to say to SuperSport.
“The spirit of brotherhood will always be there but football is a mini-war where and there’s a lot at stake when you represent a multitude of supporters.”
“As much as they say they know where the trophy is, we are going to pull their line at some stage but for now it is theirs, we accept. But there’s always a next time.
“You know things are not pointing your way when you get a red card, when you concede a penalty, when you have an own-goal and more of your reliable players are starting to show their shoulders and things are not working.”
“You try to be very rational in an emotional situation. You try to show them [the officials] I’m pro-game, not anti-game. We are in this game together.
“Sometimes you go to the fourth official, you talk to them in games, these guys are there to do business, they are partners in business, these are stakeholders. I was saying to him, what does he think [of the Kekana decision]…
“In one of the discussions with the fourth official I was saying to him we need to be more careful. A match of this calibre is a level that is a bit high so we cannot be too generous with yellow cards because at some stage of the match you’ll be forced to take a decision that means a caution.
“Now if you are too early and too generous then you are forced to start giving reds, which is what happened. But they [yellow and red cards] need to be applied in a manner that is more proper.
“But no hard feelings. You’ve got to take it on your chin like a man, playing one man down, congratulate Sundowns, and accept that we did not play our normal game.”
“We have to keep working. Concepts are very difficult to absorb, and the most difficult thing in life is to unteach. To try get something so that you can put another, more especially if it is mental,” he added.
“We’ll go back, work on some of the things that we’ve been trying to put. We’ll go back to the drawing board and review where we could have done better. You close those gaps and come back.”