Absa Premiership football is back on Tuesday night, and Mamelodi Sundowns have a title to defend, starting with a visit from Orlando Pirates.
It is one of those rare dates in time where Kaizer Chiefs fans will be fully behind the enemy. Why? A win for Pirates will give Amakhosi a chance to extend the log lead to seven points in the final seven games, but if Pirates let Sundowns win the gap will just be one point.
The last time these two sides met in a 1-0 Pirates win, coach Josef Zinnbauer was left with nothing but high respect for Sundowns, while Pitso Mosimane felt that Ka Bo lived through the most ill-fated night he’ll ever see.
What are they coaches saying ahead of tonight?
“Football inside Covid-19 — we know it now.
“So we have an advantage because we’ve played; a disadvantage because we are playing a well-rested team. Disadvantage because we don’t have the legs until Tuesday.
“So‚ ice bath‚ and let’s see how it goes. Until we gain progressively and we understand how it is and we will be able to manage it.
“Ja‚ big game on Tuesday. But it’s not the same games that we saw before. It's a totally different game,” said the Absa Premiership champion," Pitso told local media.
“Yes, I think they have the feeling of 90 minutes and my team doesn’t. They have the experience because they won the game [Wits 2-3 Sundowns]. They have confidence and ours is zero. We still have to check whether we are ready for 90 minutes and what’s the level of our conditioning," the coach told local media.
“We are ready. There’s a good feeling within the squad and we are happy that we can start against Sundowns.
“It’s a good point (of reference for us) because they are one of the best teams with a good concentration level in the squad that is at 100%.
“Both teams (Chiefs are Sundowns) are the ones that are fighting for the title this year. I’ve said it for a long time, especially considering that it’s my first time here, we are preparing the team for next season.
“We watched the game and we have the information -- we have analysed the squad. Pitso is a good coach‚ one of the best in this country. For us it is important we do what we do.
“But Sundowns have a big squad with a lot of players and my feeling was Pitso will change and will give players like [Andile] Jali and [Tebogo] Langerman and other players‚ and maybe he saved the energy for us.
“I think Pitso [has] the system to change the players and I think we will get a completely [new] squad [on Tuesday].
“For me it is important that we prepare the team for next season. But we will fight for all points,” concluded the German coach.
Sundowns and Pirates will kick off at 18:00 at the Dobsonville Stadium, with the broadcasting to be on SuperSport 4 and SABC 3.