We're The Country's Only Hope
This week, Soccer Laduma Supporters Club Committee member, Bassie Ntsweng, discusses Mamelodi Sundowns' CAF Champions' League quarter-final second leg against Wydad Casablanca, the altercation between Wits technical staff member and Kaizer Chiefs' Steve Komphela, and the 2017/18 PSL season and the importance of joining Supporters Club.
Good day, fellow football fanatics
On Sundowns’ CAF Champions League defence
I’m so happy that Mamelodi Sundowns won at home and kept a clean sheet against Wydad Casablanca. Remember these games are different to the league games. This team will be a totally different team when they play in Morocco. The boys must just be serious. We have to win this game because we’re not only doing it for Sundowns but for the whole of South Africa. We have to make sure that we don’t disappoint or let the country down. We are the country’s only hope in this year’s Champions League campaign. Our coach also must try to control his temper. He must just try to cool down a bit. You know they might disqualify the team for what happens outside the field of play. You know the rules are always complicated when it comes to the Southern African region.
On the 2017/18 season thus far
All the teams look ready for this season. My only worry is that Sundowns will have to play catch-up again. It is a bit difficult for our boys because they end up having many games in hand, which results in a fixture congestion for them. I can’t even predict the winners or the Top Eight for that matter. Steve Komphela is under pressure now, but you’ve got to understand that Kaizer Chiefs is a big team and positive results are always around the corner for any big team going through a rough patch. I wish he can be given time to implement his philosophy. I believe that he can bounce back and win something for Chiefs. The big teams shouldn’t relax, though, because all the teams are ready.
On the altercation at the end of the match
That is uncalled for in our football. It’s so unfortunate that at the time of writing, I still had not gathered the facts around that incident, and so I do not want to be seen as someone who is taking sides. I don’t understand how the Bidvest Wits official ended up near the Chiefs bench because he had no business being there. But, like I said, I am not certain yet as to what really happened there. The scenes were ugly though, that much I can say. We definitely don’t need such things in our football.
On Supporters Club
Supporters Club is growing and everybody wants to be part of it because it is one of its kind. I’m happy that we have someone like Botha Msila in the committee of Supporters Club because wherever he goes he preaches the word of Supporters Club. He is doing a great job in that regard and I’m happy that people realise how important this initiative is.
‘Til next time