PSL interviews of the week

Malesela's had a good start

Malesela’s had a good start

Disappointment in victory and satisfaction in defeat were just some of the emotions displayed over the past few days.

Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane after they were held to a 0-0 draw by Chippa United

“It was exactly as I expected. As long as we didn’t lose, we go home now and it is a different game. I would have preferred 1-1 instead of 0-0, at least then you score away. But let’s be honest, it was brilliant football hey? You don’t find games like these in South Africa.”

Dan Malesela of Chippa reflects on the home draw with the Brazilians

“I just wish we could have scored. Both sides had chances to score. Maybe we could have scored but it didn’t happen. So we just have to go back and see what we can do to convert and also create more chances.”

Gavin Hunt after his Bidvest Wits hammed Cape Town City 3-0

“(I’m) disappointed really, I mean we were poor, it wasn’t good. We can see that two weeks (of the international break) certainly affected us, a lot of players were away and came back a little bit sluggish. You look all around the world and it’s the same story after the international break.”

City mentor Eric Tinkler was not too upset by the loss

“(It was a) learning curve, (and) that’s important. It’s a learning curve for the players. Now we’ve got to start bucking down, working hard.”

Chippa star Mbulelo Wambi says they want to win everything this year

“We are gunning for everything now. If possible we can go for everything. I think we have assembled a very good squad. We know each other now, that’s why we are performing now.”

Moeneeb Josephs was sent off against City and had regrets afterwards

“I’d like to apologise firstly to my teammates, coach and the club for my regrettable and immature reaction, and letting them down when I should have been a leader. In my moment of weakness I let my emotions get the better of me.”

Transfer-listed Kaizer Chiefs defender Siyanda Xulu saw action in the Reserve League

“It wasn’t easy because as a player who comes from Europe, you always have this thinking that you will add value. But I can never blame anyone but myself because I played five or six games, if I’m not mistaken. If the club thought I didn’t do what was expected of me, obviously, that relays back to me and it means I must do more.”

But Xulu could not prevent a 4-0 hammering by Bidvest Wits and Chiefs coach Arthur Zwane was in no mood for sympathy afterwards

“I think we did not defend well, to be quite honest, let alone that we missed a lot of chance, we didn’t defend well. The guys – I don’t know – somehow they were not picking up tightly, and we told them ‘you have to pick tight; you can’t give them space’.”

Lebohang Mokoena on his past after recent move to Ajax Cape Town

“No matter how hard I tried in the past, it didn’t work out and sometimes you have to raise your hand and say, ‘I have to move on’ because there are other people that appreciate my talent – if I also don’t appreciate my talent, then it’s going to waste.”

New Mamelodi Sundowns signing Yannick Zakri

“For me‚ South Africa’s league is the biggest in Africa. There are good players here. This was my premier destination‚ before even Europe. I want to play here first‚ play very well‚ and win trophies.”

More from Hunt, this on the pressures of bring a trophy to the Bidvest Stadium

“I think there’s pressure that come from the media, and we know we have our internal pressure. Obviously after beating Chiefs and Pirates in the first two games, everything gets bandied about in the media. It’s the old adage – you’re probably sick and tired of hearing this but, I mean – ‘one game at a time’, and that’s all we’ll try and focus on.”