Ernst Middendorp explains half-time scuffle with Pitso Mosimane


Chiefs overcame Sundowns with a 2-0 scoreline at Loftus Versfeld on Sunday afternoon to ensure they maintain their standing at the summit of the league table.

The clash certainly lived up to the excitement promised in the build-up to the match, with the two coaches also having a go at one another during the half-time break.

With Amakhosi 1-0 up at that stage, after a contentious goal scored by Samir Nurkovic, Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane was seen rushing over towards Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp in what was expected to be a physical scuffle.

However, SAPS quickly intervened to avoid any serious drama, with 'Jingles' nearly engaging in a further scuffle with a police officer before retreating into the dressing room.

Middendorp, meanwhile, has since shared what the issue was that seemed to have upset Mosimane.

“I was just talking to the fourth referee in a certain direction about certain opinions I had in my mind, and by accident Pitso was all of a sudden standing behind [and overheard the conversation] – that was everything,” explained Middendorp.

The German further maintained his respect for the reigning PSL Coach of the Season despite all the pre-match jibes thrown his way.

"I've mentioned it already with all this discussions up front before the game, we have the most decorated coach in Africa with Pitso Mosimane sitting here on Sundowns side, and I think we should not forget this.

"We have to be very, very clear in terms of the direction of certain ideas, you have to be well prepared for such a game..."