Pitso Mosimane wary of Kaizer Chiefs under Ernst Middendorp


The Absa Premiership title race is fast approaching its climax and remains wide open following Orlando Pirates and Sundowns’ stalemate at Orlando Stadium on Monday.

Though Downs only managed to take a point, Mosimane was entirely satisfied with the outcome of the match that saw his side remain at the summit of the log table, now with just six games remaining.

‘Jingles’ insisted a point against the bigger sides were not a train smash and referred back to their crucial 2-1 victory over Chiefs at the start of the year in driving his point across, while in the same breath lauding Middendorp's progress with the team.

“Kaizer Chiefs is a very good team, that’s why I was happy to take [three] points [at FNB Stadium]. I think you saw what happened on the weekend [against Cape Town City in the Nedbank Cup quarterfinals],” said Mosimane.

“They are a very strong, and coach Middendorp is awkward; he plays awkward football; he’s very highly tactical; he’s unbelievable with tactics and he’s brave.

“He can put anybody on the bench, he doesn’t care. He can play with Bvuma – ask me if my fourth goalkeeper will take over; his fourth goalkeeper took over, because Itu [Khune] is first and I would say [Virgil] Vries and the Nigerian [Akpeyi] are second and third.

“But he [Middendorp] is doing it with no issues and no problem, bringing youngsters like Zuma and they are coming up. I think they are a team to watch next year hey.

“And I knew the three points we got there were big, that’s why I ran down the line – now you know.”