Football in Colourful Quotes: Absa Premiership Round 1 and 2


Two matches in and the Absa Premiership has already produced some fascinating results.

However, the performances themselves are not the only things that have captured our imagination, because footballers and their coaches just say the darndest things.

Here is the best of the bunch.

1- Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane regretted dropping points against Kaizer Chiefs in his team’s opening encounter. However, at the start of the new campaign, man-of-the-match selections remained the issue of national importance for Jingles.

“Can I ask who chooses the man of the match – is it the SMSes like in the Shell Helix Cup? What did he (Khama Billiat) do?.”

2- Orlando Pirates goalkeeper Wayne Sandilands has been vilified for his blunder against Highlands Park, on just about every media platform this week. Coach Milutin Sredojevic was a bit less emotional about it.

“First of all it’s very hard to accept because he has worked very hard for six weeks then one situation comes like this and he concedes a goal. You have two choices one is to attack him and put him into a deeper hole or request the team to support him in order not to waste the substitution. It’s really unfortunate, we have learned the lesson we shall look not to repeat and we move on.”

3- Benni McCarthy harbours no ill-feeling towards Mamelodi Sundowns and Pitso Mosimane, who he feels are absolutely entitled to splash the cash during a transfer window.

“People like to throw stones at Sundowns because of their spending, but I think if any of us is in that position, you would do exactly the same.”

4- Perhaps surprisingly, the debate about the level of difficulty in the Absa Premiership, compared to the National First Division, rages on. Highlands Park captain Tapuwa Kapini threw in his tuppence worth this week.

“I think if you look at it, NFD and PSL is a totally different ball-game. If you’re in the NFD, it’s difficult to play there.”

5- We wondered what life would be like for Steve Komphela after parting ways with Kaizer Chiefs, and all the drama that comes with it. Well, the fellow seems much happier.

On playing Chiefs, Pirates and Sundowns, he said: “So when you play against them and get a good result it builds your character and helps your confidence. And if the opposite happens, again you say it is okay we have our own competitors, teams of our calibre. When you play Chiefs, Pirates and Sundowns it’s easier, when you get the results it is tops.”

6- Kaizer Chiefs coach Giovanni Solinas compared Mamelodi Sundowns to Real Madrid and Barcelona, but that was clearly before he rain into Bidvest Wits.

“So when you play Sundowns it’s difficult, it’s a tough game. Lots of teams lose against Sundowns because Sundowns is like Real Madrid or Barcelona.”

7- Bloemfontein Celtic Coach Steve Komphela is back to winning ways but how has he managed to moved on after the dramatic ending to his tenure at Kaizer Chiefs? It is all about leadership.

“You take the bad and you make it good, because if you look at a bad situation as a leader what do you do? Leadership is about changing situations; getting in there when they hire you because things are not in place. If everything was okay you didn’t need to be hired. So go in there and bring the change you want to see.”

8- For a long time, it seemed like Steve Komphela had very few people in his corner. But Golden Arrows coach Clinton Larsen holds the Bloemfontein Celtic mentor in high regard.

“We do know that they’ve had their problems but Steve is a wily old coach and he knows how to get around these issues.”