Weekend in colourful quotes!
Respite for Kaizer Chiefs, a brave come-back from Orlando Pirates, and Mamelodi Sundowns keep marching on; it was a highly exciting weekend on the local football front.
WHAT THE COACHES SAID
Orlando Pirates head coach Milutin 'Micho' Sredojevic saw his team coming from a goal down at a packed King Zwelithini Stadium on Sunday:
"The boys showed what the club badge means to them and they showed some respect to the fans here in Durban and those, who were watching on Television.
"They gave their all and we got repaid with [Thabo] Qalinge's goal that gave us the victory. I would like to praise the players' character. We have made a huge step forward as a team by winning here. The victory has boosted the team's confidence. I believe that we have succeeded in making our fans happy."
Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane believes the 2-0 weekend win over Bidvest Wits was a huge result for his team:
"This game was very important. I didn’t want to highlight it too much, but in the dressing room, they knew about it. It gives us for the fourth year in a row a [CAF] Champions League spot. It also gives us a six-point gap between us and Orlando Pirates.
Platinum Stars boss Roger De Sa was left despondent after a slender defeat to Kaizer Chiefs took Dikwena a step close to relegation:
"It is the same old story – one mistake and we get punished. We gave the ball away easily in our half and they punished us from that.
"We said it was going to be a game of mistakes, the conditions made it that way and they have the quality to punish you when you make a mistake.
"We spoke about not making errors before the game and at half time, and we made tow silly ones and we were punished. Chiefs have the quality and they will always do that. It is the same old story, that one goal and then we try to throw people forward and have a go at it, but obviously we couldn’t penetrate them."
Bidvest Wits coach Gavin Hunt felt his team failed to do themselves justice in the defeat to Masandawana:
"We gave them two goals. The same player made the same mistake twice. You can't give a team a start like that, we gave them a start.
"The second half we were a little better, more competitive. There are moments where we should have done better but with two goals behind they're a force you know. I'm disappointed because we were a much better side than the performance we have put here tonight. But they're a better side."
Amakhosi mentor Steve Komphela feels his team could have beaten Platinum Stars by a larger margin, but was pleased to see them getting back to winning ways.
"I thought we could have scored one or two more chances, but I am happy with the result. It will lift the players and that is very important. As soon as the emotions are lifted you can go forward a bit easier.
"The next three fixtures are crucial fixtures. We will look at them and try get points from them. It is our responsibility to keep grinding and to keep playing. The greatest growth happens in discomfort."
Maritzburg United head coach Fadlu Davids after a 2-0 league win over Baroka FC on Sunday:
"It's difficult to come here and get anything out of the game. But they really managed to stick to the plan, and to keep their thinking in the game, because there can be moments where you just lose concentration and [the opposition] can punish you. So a really solid, well balanced performance from the players."
WHAT THE FANS SAID
Mazola J. Molefe - @superjourno: Sundowns proving how big a gap there is between them and the reigning champions this season.
James Shikwambana - @JamesBigjam: I still believe Sundowns will bag it, but the pressure Pirates is putting is good for football.
kgothatso Shadung - @IAm_TeezeeWena: Good morning in the name of MAMELODI SUNDOWNS, how is everything doing in this blessed Sunday...
The Vendalist - @CadreFloyd: Pirates isn't giving Sundowns an easy league. Manchester United is waiting for Man City to do it all by themselves.
The Brave - @Thularz_ : I am glad Pirates won it puts Sundowns under a lot of pressure...
@Masixole Nyati - @NyatiMasixole: Bucs' nation we will fight till the end, Sundowns won't have it easy, we will chase all the way up until the gap is closed.
Mvangeli Nzuza - @MvangeliNzuza: This Orlando Pirates alongside Mamelodi Sundowns in CAF Champions League will make a formidable duo. Any team that came come from behind and won has staying power and character.
Esona Marepula - @MrMarepula: Sundowns won't Beat MARITZBURG UTD & that may be the chance @orlandopirates only needs to sneak through.
Shakes Rampedi - @ShakesRampedi: Fadlu Davids and Maritzburg United are on course to finish in the Top 5, what an Achievement, they looking ready for Mamelodi Sundowns in the Nedbank Cup semi-final.