By NAKAMPE LEKWADU
WHILE the country will be celebrating Reconciliation Day on December 16, two of the country’s top coaches Pitso “Jingles” Mosimane and Steve “Koloi” Komphela will be at each other’s throat as they guide their sides for the converted Telkom Knockout silver-ware.
Mosimane, Mamelodi Sundowns coach, and his Kaizer Chiefs counterpart (Komphela) test each other’ strength when they guide their sides in a sold-out final match of the Telkom Knockout scheduled for Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium on Reconciliation Day. Kick-Off is at 6pm.
Not only is the silver-ware is at stake in this final match which is expected to produce some fire-works, but pride and supremacy as local coaches for both mentors will be very important as each of them would want to prove a point.
While Mosimane who has already bagged the Nedbank Cup title in their cabinet will be looking forward to lift this title for the first time in more than a decade and half for the Brazilians which has eluded the Tshwane for that long, Komphela on the other hand would want to do everything in his powers to make sure he wins this competition so as to reward his bosses’ trust in him while trying to win the hearts of the Phefeni Boys’ followers.
Komphela was confident that come December 16, they are the ones who will be singing Hallelujahs at the end of the game.
“With Kaizer Chiefs, when you come here, you accept the job and you just have to know that you have to come to finals and not only be there but win it. We will do everything in our strength to win it for our supporters” says Khompela.
Komphela is however fully aware of how the mountain can be big to climb on the day, more so because Mosimane has been doing well in his career when coming to cup competition as he has so far claimed victory in three of his seven cup final appearances and this will be his fourth final against Chiefs, having won the previous three, the victory coming 2004 Top 8 decider. But this would also be a period of disappointment for the then SuperSport coach as they lost to Chiefs in the 2004 League Cup and 2006 Top 8, to Bloemfontein Celtic in the 2005 Top 8, and to Jomo Cosmos in the 2005 League Cup. He too knows that any Sundowns coach is judged on the silverware he delivers to the trophy cabinet at Chloorkop and as such defeat in Durban would be a blow.
Mosimane was equally confident about victory in this final match, saying: “The Telkom Knockout is important to us. When I first came here we went to the final, last year we lost in the semi-final. This cup has been drifting away from us, so we must try and bring it closer to us. It’s important for the confidence of the team and the supporters.”
It remain to be seen as to which side will be having the last laugh come December 16.
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