Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane says Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp will soon show his true colours once his team starts losing.
Mosimane implied a few weeks ago that Amakhosi are benefitting from referees’ decisions in recent games.
Chiefs beat AmaZulu FC and Baroka in controversial circumstances in the league. The German coach used to be in trouble with the PSL complaining about referees when he was still with Maritzburg United.
Sundowns will play against Chiefs at Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria on Sunday in what is expected to be a grudge match.
Amakhosi beat the Brazilians 4-2 in the Shell Helix Cup two weeks ago. Chiefs are on top of the log, while Sundowns are second. Mosimane says Amakhosi have been benefitting from the officials’ mistakes.
Middendorp has been attending the last two Sundowns matches at home against AmaZulu FC and Highlands Park to get insight on their opposition.
Mosimane says he will still beat the German regardless of his presence or not.
Chiefs will also play against Orlando Pirates twice in the space of eight days early in November in the Telkom Knockout Cup and the League.
Mosimane says it will be difficult for the officials to influence the match in a derby.
Meanwhile, Sundowns first choice goalkeeper Denis Onyango is likely to miss the Chiefs match on Sunday due to bereavement in the family.
He immediately travelled to Uganda after the death of his father. Mosimane says he will return whenever he is ready.
Another player who is likely to miss the match is striker Ali Meza. The Venezuelan international missed the Highlands Park match on Wednesday night due to an ankle injury.
Brazilian defender Ricardo Nascimento has not kicked a ball this season due to a long-term injury. Mosimane says last season’s Defender of The Season will probably return in December.
He also praised the combination of Mosa Lebusa and Motjeka Madisha. – Report by Vincent Sitsula
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