Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela Photo: Samuel Shivambu/Backpagepix

JOHANNESBURG – Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane’s attempts to label his side as underdogs when the Brazilians face Kaizer Chiefs in an Absa Premiership fixture on Saturday night were quickly shut down by his counterpart Steve Komphela on Thursday.

“Look at the stats. They have won five of their last eight games, while we have struggled. We wouldn’t have wanted to play them right now because we also have injuries. We are underdogs for this game,” Mosimane explained.

Komphela didn’t bite.

“I beg to differ,” he said in response. “In what sense are they underdogs? They have four games in hand and are two points behind us. Maybe he (Pitso) is looking for divine favour. This is going to be one hell of a match.”

Mosimane went on to bemoan the fact that the Sundowns club base resembles a hospital ward given the growing number of players on the injury list compared to Chiefs, who he assumed were enjoying a clean bill of health.

“And we are not training a lot because some of our players have just come back from international duty, but the game is on Saturday. So we had one training session and on Friday we are just refreshing to be ready for the game,” said Mosimane.

Komphela countered those remarks with the same argument having had his Chiefs players return from being with Bafana Bafana and only joining them for Thursday’s session.

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