Ernst Middendorp refuses to suck up to Rhulani Mokwena


Mokwena openly expressed his disproval of the way the Soweto Derby panned out and resulted in tempers flaring and nasty tackles flying in between the two sides.

The Pirates mentor felt Chiefs adopted “thuggish” tactics in that challenges such as Willard Katsande’s on Fortune Makaringe and Erick Mathoho lashing out at Abel Mabaso, which were condoned by his counterpart.

However, the German – managing to withhold his own emotion – responded coolly yet truthfully to the accusations and allegations, assuring that football is not about showing affection towards opposition.

“If you’re in a game, sorry, there’s nothing to talk about you having to kiss each other or go lightly [on the opponent],” said Middendorp.

“You do the preparations two or three days before then the 90 minutes get heated based on whatever you do intentionally or to provoke – that’s something that happened.

“Some coaches are taking it, and sometimes you need an hour longer or a day more to eat it and process it, but I have already a friend; I don’t need another one.”

Amakhosi finally ended their winless run of four years over The Buccaneers and now hold a 15-point lead over their ninth-placed rivals.