Pitso Mosimane was caught on camera wearing his heart on his sleeve as Mamelodi Sundowns blew their chance to go top of the table following defeat to Baroka FC last night – just hours after log leaders Kaizer Chiefs were also beaten.
While he did honour his mandatory press commitments moments following the final whistle in their 1-0 Absa Premiership loss on Sunday night, his Amakhosi counterpart Ernst Middendorp appeared so overwhelmed that he snubbed the media. Chiefs were sucker-punched by Bidvest Wits 1-0 in the dying minutes of their clash at FNB Stadium.
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Mosimane confirmed the pressure both coaches are under with now just two matches left in the title race this week, and sympathised with his rival.
“It’s unbelievable, it’s the beauty of football and it keeps everybody on the edge. To be honest, I am so disappointed – it’s not funny. I was hoping we would at least take a point. I told the guys in the last water break that even if we don’t win the game, we should take a point and be a step ahead,” Mosimane told journalists.
“We fought for a point, which was the reality at the time. We had to equalise first before we could talk about the winning goal. But it’s madness the way it’s going. It’s frustrating for us as coaches, and as you have said, coach Middendorp didn’t even go to the post-match interviews. We are human beings – its frustrations and expectations are high. We have an institute behind us and our families and the supporters that get disappointed.”
The four-time title winner, however, said that it was part of the job!
“We as the coaches have to take the blame in as much as we take the credit. But let’s see how it goes, it still has a heartbeat. You never know what will happen. We will try win our last two games and see how it goes,” explained Mosimane.
Downs face Polokwane City and Black Leopards in their final two matches, while Chiefs take on Chippa United and Baroka.
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