PSL quotes of the season 2015-16

Middendorp has rescued Maritzburg

Middendorp has rescued Maritzburg

The past season has been another memorable one for South African football fans.

Mamelodi Sundowns did the double by winning the Absa Premiership and Telkom Knockout, Ajax Cape Town took the MTN8 title and SuperSport United were the Nedbank Cup winners.

There was plenty of drama during the second half of the season as Orlando Pirates and Matsatsantsa made late dashes to end in the league’s top eight. At the bottom, Maritzburg United recorded one of the greatest escapes in history.

In the second part of our two part review, the PSL looks back at some of the more memorable quotes from the past campaign.

Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane following a 0-0 draw v Kaizer Chiefs to start the year

“I liked the last 10 minutes, pound-for-pound like a boxing ring with heavyweights going at it. It was beautiful. It didn’t work out but it was a good game between two good teams.”

New Bidvest Wits defender Bongani Khumalo

“You know it will always be there – the beautiful game is a game of opinions. Not everyone will like you and some criticism is justified and it helps to keep you on your toes.”

Jomo Sono, after his Cosmos team beat Orlando Pirates

“I love beating Pirates. I don’t have any grudges but I just love beating them because they brought me up. If your father has taught you something, you have to go out and show him that, ‘I learnt from you, and I’m better than you’.”

New SuperSport United boss Stuart Baxter after his first win

“We have to be consistent. I am asking a lot as I have only been here for two weeks, but we need more consistency. But now [the win] takes away the knife from the throat a little bit.”

Lamontville Golden Arrows coach Clinton Larsen defends their tactics after 0-0 Sundowns draw

“I don’t think we had enough buses to park. We tried to find as many buses as we could!….I thought my players were fantastic today. We had so many opportunities tonight. Another night we could have scored three or four.”

Bidvest Wits chief Gavin Hunt after a late February win over Maritzburg United

“I almost had a heart-attack … I feel about 10 years older. Teams have done it to us this year as well, but sometimes the soccer gods repay you a little bit.

More from Mosimane, after it was announced that Bongani Zungu will be leaving for Portugal at the end of this season

“I’m not going to wait for 5 years to find another Bongani Zungu. I told Zungu to watch Matic, Alonso and Schweinsteiger. We’ll be happy to see him play in the Champions League one day. Zungu’s story is like when a father hands over the daughter to get married. You are happy but you are not happy.”

Ajax Cape Town mentor Roger De Sa was unimpressed by some of his players in March

“First thing I’ve got to do is maybe not play (them). How much more can you ask? Maybe I must play the ones that listen. Let’s see if they learn from that. You try everything – you teach, you show videos, magnet boards, whatever. Let’s see if we get better. Seven times (this season) we’ve given away goals that are just charity goals and that’s disappointing. We’ve got to step up.”

Maritzburg United coach Ernst Middendorp on attractive football

“We had a lot of beautiful games in 2016. The beauty is lovely, if you get complimented for playing Barcelona style tika-taka. We had a beautiful game against Chiefs, a beautiful game against Pirates, against other teams, Platinum Stars, 50 minutes against Wits, but what did we get out?”

Kaizer Chiefs boss Steve Komphela shared some more of his football philosophy

“If you say to a kid, go get a tray full of eggs and be careful don’t drop them. Chances are that the kid will drop them.”

An angry Mpumalanga Black Aces coach Muhsin Ertugral was furious about his team’s result

“I need to calm myself down because I’m really, really angry. I’m really, really very angry. We don’t deserve what we have achieved, and the players need to take some responsibility; they are always escaping that. I’m really, really very angry from the possibility of what we had and what we are taking out of it.”

Baroka FC mastermind Kgoloko Thobejani after they continued Nedbank Cup run by beating Arrows

“What they did these boys, it shows that they are ready to play in the PSL. We want to conquer Africa and we want to win this cup and the NFD title as well. We are going to the PSL [by winning our] remaining matches – this time around I don’t see any team that will stop us.”

More from Maritzburg head Ernst Middendorp after crippling April loss to University of Pretoria

“When you concede four goals (in under 12 minutes) it’s madness. It’s definitely something you can’t believe, but it happened. It was shocking and a step in the wrong direction.”

Chiefs coach Komphela reacts to Amakhosi dropping more points

“We don’t have any more money to pay school fees. The school fees are just too heavy. We have to take our lessons and learn from them moving forward.”

Sono speaks out on Cosmos’s survival prospects in mid-April

“I am not worried. Let’s be realistic, look at our fixtures, we have played all the big games. Free State Stars won the last three games (last season) and survived. The last three we can survive. The last two games we can survive, so it’s not over until the fat lady sings gents. We are not panicking.”

Another shock and another interesting comment from Baroka’s Thobejane

“They (the people of Limpopo) know now, these supporters, that there is an elephant in this province. Let them come in numbers and follow this elephant, support it so it can grow and grow.”

Coach Mosimane after his Sundowns team were stunned 2-0 by Pirates in the Nedbank Cup

“It’s not a funeral. We have two (cups left to fight for). We have to concentrate on the league; we have to concentrate on CAF.”

Mosimane reacts after they seal the title in early May

“Sundowns always start slow, you know that, every time. They are slow starters and they finish well. In life it’s about how you finish, it’s not how you start hey, because you can start very good and end up nowhere.”

Another interesting comment from Mosimane on his half-time talk in a 3-1 CAF Confederation Cup win over Medeama SC

“You won’t believe it, at half-time I never said one word, nothing, I never coached anybody. I sat there, I had coffee there in the corner and then they responded.”

Sono gives his insights on players that have been sucked in by alcohol

“You know you go to the shebeen there is a lot of bottles there, you’ll never find the bottle falling… it’s a person that will drink, drink and fall and not the bottle. I tell my players that all the time. The bottle will stand there and tomorrow morning when you come it’s still there so you can’t compete with nice time… nice time has been there for all these years.”

Maritzburg chairman Farook Kadodia was thrilled to have survived

“The character and the will of all the players showed us that we are the team that should have been a long, long way up the ladder. I’m very proud for Pietermaritzburg as a city, for the fans who travelled up for this game, and also the KZN province.”

And the final say is for Baroka’s Thobejane after they won the NFD title

“The feeling is marvellous, fantastic, gorgeous, stunning … all those words! It’s great, it’s great, this moment … thanks to everyone who was here. As you can see, the whole of Limpopo was here, and we thank them for their support. We are in the PSL.”