“Middendorp, your day is coming”

Mamelodi Sundowns head coach Pitso Mosimane has responded to Ernst Middendorp’s recent comments about leaving the referees alone.

Sundowns moved to within two points of the Soweto giants ahead of Sunday’s meeting after defeating Highlands Park 1-0 on Wednesday evening.

Following Chiefs’ penalty shoot-out triumph over Cape Town City over the weekend, Middendorp claimed that coaches should leave the referees alone.

The Citizens head coach Benni McCarthy, meanwhile, did not hold back in his assesment of the referee on Saturday and Mosimane reveals he wants to see Middendorp’s reaction when things go bad.

“We don’t need to beat Kaizer Chiefs. Why should we beat Kaizer Chiefs? We don’t need to beat Kaizer Chiefs to win the league, we have so many points to play for. Even if you lose against Chiefs, Pirates and you win the rest, you win the league. So we’re not going to be emotional about the situation. Yes, we don’t want to lose to them, yes our supporters don’t want that, yes we’re playing at home, we want to win. But I’m not emotional about it, we have to be smart,” Mosimane told SuperSport after the game.

“We know how to win the championship. We have won the championship a lot, nine championships. We know how to win the league. This is about winning the league, it’s not about fighting the guy who’s on form. They are on form, they are doing well, they are strong, they are physical. Benni was complaining after, you know the issues, the stories we speak about them,” he went on.

“It is a story with them, hopefully things will turn around. I’m waiting for Middendorp to talk when things don’t go well for him. I’m just waiting because I know his story, when he was at Maritzburg and everywhere else, he was facing the DC [Disciplinary Committee ] everyday, why? Because of fighting the referee, he forgot now. Now he’s on a gravy train, his time is coming.”

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