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We will not dwell too much on this point about Chief’s ‘resurrection’ safe to say that the team has now settled into a predictable winning pattern

You can’t keep a good team down. This piece of wisdom applies wholly to the risen team from Naturena as Kaizer Chiefs takes every opportunity of late to demonstrate that they are well and truly in their stride as the league approaches the mid-season mark.

We will not dwell too much on this point about Chief’s ‘resurrection’ safe to say that the team has now settled into a predictable winning pattern.

It looks as though this generation of players will finally get to enjoy the gifts and title that was the staple of the likes of its founder Kaizer “Chincha Guluva” Motaung, Pule “Ace” Ntsoelengoe and many others. And in that vein, we shall let them continue.

On the other side of Gauteng, in Tshwane to be precise, Pitso Mosimane the coach of Chloorkop-based Mamelodi Sundowns is inventing a dictionary of excuses for the many dismal losses that his club is suffering as of late.

Just this past weekend Pitso’s side lost against Golden Arrows in a match that was played on a rain-drenched Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium pitch. Pitso, predictably, complained about the condition of the pitch.

His choice of words in describing the loss to Arrows seemed to imply that Arrows were better suited to dealing with the weather, or something akin to that.

Pitso would be better off praising the other okes for winning and then lament that his side does not perform well in such conditions, you know something to that effect.

For all we, the povo, care Pitso might as well have complained that his side did not have coffee that morning, for all we know. Whatever is happening at Chloorkop does not bode well for Mosimane, we grant him that.

But his losses are far from becoming a string yet. We are aware that there is a lot of pressure on him to make it to the apex of the league. For now, it is highly unlikely that Mosimane and the top honchos at Sundowns will sit down in a meeting at which they will discuss his performance. That is not on the horizon yet.

Besides, whatever fears Mosimane might have, the Chloorkop team is still very much in contention for the league title, something that Ernest Middendorp and the analyst at Naturena are probably acutely aware of.

Then there is Orlando Pirates. This team has, as expected, lost yet another match over the weekend. But that is nothing to moan about this time around. In point of fact, the Buccaneers come out of this loss smelling like roses.

They played their hearts out this past weekend against arch-rivals Kaizer Chiefs but weren’t good enough to take the bragging rights of the last derby game. One wants to make this educated observation that the stand-in coach Rhulani Mokwena is getting the hang of the job. At least it looks like that as each match differs markedly from the last in terms of many aspects of the game.

For one thing, this past weekend Mokwena managed to play Kaizer Chiefs at full tilt even though he did not have the services of his dependable team captain in the mix. The end result does not do justice to the fact that Pirates gave Chiefs a hard time for the points on offer.

I think this coach is going to mature into his title at Pirates as we watch. It is just a matter of time and a few matches before we and the Ghost will properly sing his praises. Salang.

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