As the Absa Premiership race hots up, it seems rival coaches have also upped the ante on mind games and war of words!
The Siya crew looks at some of the top quotes from this week in the build-up to another round of league fixtures this weekend, with reigning champions Mamelodi Sundowns, second placed Orlando Pirates and 2017 title winners Bidvest Wits all trying to close the gap on log leaders Kaizer Chiefs.
They said what?
“They (Chiefs) have no excuse. It’s like we are at school and I am doing 10 modules and you are doing three or four. At the end of the year you must pass because you did less modules than me. And remember you have to pass and with distinctions because I am doing 10 modules and the amount of time in studying is not the same. Guys‚ you have to pass and there is no excuse.” – Pitso Mosimane on why Chiefs should be crowned champions.
“I think we are doing well. Of course I think there’s always a possibly to improve, what must I say? I think you know the numbers – Q1, Q2 and the position we had from the start until now.” – Ernst Middendorp responding to a question on whether Kaizer Chiefs can sustain their momentum in the second half of the season.
“I saw a report in the paper today that’s really disturbing from another coach about our player –about us turning down a certain amount of money, I mean, it’s a disgrace. That thing should never be like that. So, the boy’s head is in the clouds because of all the talking from everybody, and it’s disappointing.” – Gavin Hunt slams a rival coach over remarks made regarding Gift Motupa’s potential transfer to Sundowns last month.
“We have a photo finish. I can guarantee that we are going to win the next five games. But let’s see, this thing can be interesting – a good finish. We also believe we can beat Chiefs at FNB, that’s a possibility. I am not saying it’s going to happen.” – Pitso Mosimane on his projection for the rest of the season.
“There's so much I can say but I'd rather stay away from that, I think CAF makes you strong, it makes you mentally strong and all the adversity we had in CAF, you can't believe what we had in CAF, that's why we battle away. Nobody saw any of our games.” – Hunt reacts after the 3-3 Nedbank Cup draw against Pirates, which Wits eventually won on penalties.