It was a memorable end to the year as Mamelodi Sundowns soared on two fronts.
Apart from winning the Telkom Knockout last week, the Brazilians also ended the first half of the Absa Premiership season by moving to the top of the table.
The PSL looks back at what those involved in the action have been saying over the past few days.
Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane
“The boys wanted to party on Wednesday and we had to let them go. Sometimes you need to find a balance, they have achieved. They have done well, you need to reward them and we had to let them go and have a party.”
Orlando Pirates coach Eric Tinkler
“Obviously at club like Pirates when you are not getting results that’s (being sacked) going to happen. It’s part and parcel of the game, I have accepted that. You can’t live with the fear of being sacked as a coach because soon or later that is going to happen. You have to get to believe what you are doing is right. I have belief in what I am doing every day and I will do the same until told otherwise.”
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“Defensively this is the worst I have seen us since I’ve been in charge. That is not good enough.”
University of Pretoria coach Sammy Troughton
“I don’t know how the stats look, but certainly in the second half we murdered them. We’ve got to move on; we have a bit of a break now so let’s see what happens. Obviously the club’s not happy, I’m not happy, the players aren’t happy … it was very disappointing not to get something today.”
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“We won the cup but now we are focused on this competition. That is why we are here…we are here to win. We needed to find the balance and we found it. We play hard and work hard.”
Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela
“We are delighted with the three points, even though it maybe wasn’t our best performance. There is still a long way to go, although we have gotten closer to the top of the log. We can only be happy if we win the Absa Premiership trophy after the full 30 games are played.”
Interim Chippa United coach Dan Malesela
“It’s a good start for me and a good Christmas present for everyone else here. It’s a lovely atmosphere to start with, although I know the crowd is not as big as per normal as its December but I’m looking forward to having more games here, and it can only get better.”
SuperSport United midfielder David Mathebula
“It was hot, but we gave our best, got the three points and will go into the festive season in a happy mood. We’ve been unbeaten now in the past six games, I think. We didn’t start well, but now we are getting the right momentum and hopefully we will continue with this.”
Mpumalanga Black Aces coach Muhsin Ertugral
“We started very well, and had fantastic outlets in the first 10 minutes, and should have scored – we had three or four possibilities to score. Then we scored, and suddenly we went backwards and invited Ajax forward. Obviously for the type of football we are producing and want to play, it was not good enough for us.”
Bidvest Wits coach Gavin Hunt
“The goal was offside, we didn’t get a penalty, so there were a lot of big decisions that went against us, and that’s what it’s going to be like until the end of the season for us. We are not a fashionable club, so these types of things will happen to us. We certainly didn’t get the rub of the green with the decisions. I think we must have had about six penalty decisions against us this season in 12 games, and we haven’t had one.”