Orlando Pirates coach Rhulani Mokwena is set for his first Soweto derby and believes a top level coach will be sitting on the adjacent bench.
Pirates meet Chiefs in Durban and the event is as big as a Telkom Knockout quarter-final game at Moses Mabhida.
Ernst Middendorp’s Chiefs are the most feared team in the land right now. Amakhosi lead the Absa Premiership with five points and have marked double wins over the league’s top sides such as Mamelodi Sundowns and Cape Town City. The big inspiration has been Middendorp’s tactical craft and work ethic.
“A top coach. A very‚ very strong personality” Mokwena told TimeLIVE.
“And I think that’s why you get a lot of coaches responding to him the way they do. A good tactician. His teams are always posing a lot of tactical and technical scenarios during 90 minutes.”
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“I think he’s a coach who’s very clued up in the way he wants his teams to play.”
Thousands of those who follow the local game have only learned recently that Middendorp is a master tactician, but not Mokwena.
“If you look at the ways his teams have always played - Maritzburg United‚ Free State Stars‚ Golden Arrows‚ the Chiefs of the past and this Chiefs – there are a lot of similarities with regards to his game methodology.”
“They’ve got a clear structure of play‚ they’re doing well with their build-ups. [Willard] Katsande is very important for them.”
“[Eric] Mathoho and [Daniel] Cardoso are doing a lot better with regards to first station passes and how they deal with receiving balls from Itumeleng Khune or Daniel Akpeyi.”
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“The triangle in their first phase of their build-up is clear. And that’s always down to the coach when there’s a clear structure,” Mokwena concluded.
The Soweto giants will meet at 15:00 on 44 Isaiah Ntshangase Road, Stamford Hill - Moses Mabhida Stadium.
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