Pitso v Steve: bonhomie forgotten in ‘classico’ between Sundowns and Chiefs at Loftus
Two former comrades-in-arms go head-to-head on Saturday afternoon when champions Mamelodi Sundowns host Kaizer Chiefs at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria in their Absa Premiership ‘classico’. Pitso Mosimane had Steve Komphela as his assistant when he was national team coach‚ forging a close relationship‚ but all that bonhomie will be forgotten by the time of kickoff (3.30pm) when two of the giants of the domestic game clash.It is the 10th time they sit on opposite benches‚ pitting their wits against each other. Both were rookie coaches‚ 13 years ago now‚ when they first went up against each other and Komphela’s Dynamos beat SuperSport United 3-1 away in convincing fashion.It was almost a decade later that they met again in Mosimane’s first match after taking over at Sundowns following the firing of Johan Neeskens. A difficult away game at Free State Stars delivered a much-needed and morale-boosting point. Since then‚ Mosimane has not lost to his colleague but not dominated either. There have been three wins for Mosimane’s Sundowns against Komphela‚ who after Stars went to work at Maritzburg United and then Kaizer Chiefs.In total Mosimane has three wins to one for Komphela with five draws‚ including the two league meetings between the two clubs last season. KOMPHELA v MOSIMANEPast meetings13 Dec 2003 SuperSport Utd 1 Dynamos 35 Dec 2012 Free State Stars 1 Mamelodi Sundowns 16 Nov 2013 Mamelodi Sundowns 2 Free State Stars 110 May 2014 Maritzburg Utd 1 Mamelodi Sundowns 18 August 2014 Mamelodi Sundowns 1 Maritzburg Utd 116 Dec 2014 Maritzburg Utd 1 Mamelodi Sundowns 216 Dec 2015 Kaizer Chiefs 1 Mamelodi Sundowns 3 (Telkom Knockout final)9 Jan 2016 Kaizer Chiefs 0 Mamelodi Sundowns 03 April 2016 Mamelodi Sundowns 1 Kaizer Chiefs 1TMG Digital..