Coaches happy as Bucs, Chiefs share the spoils

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

It is too early to write Kaizer Chiefs off in their challenge for the Castle Premiership, despite being inconsistent since the start of the season.

The comes from Amakhosi chairman Kaizer Motaung after his team secured a point during their Castle Premiership match at Soccer City on Saturday.

Their pulsating encounter against Orlando Pirates ended in a 1-all draw.

"I thought Pirates were hungrier than our players who were sluggish in the first half," said Motaung.

"But we bounced back in the second half. Pirates were defensive at that stage. It could have been a different story altogether if Pirates did not get an early goal.

"Ted (Dumitru, Safa technical committee member) was at our game on Wednesday against AmaZulu to (spy) for them (Pirates).

"We would have been in the top three bracket, separated by six points from the log leaders if we had won this match."

Irvin Khoza, Pirates' chairman, described Dumitru's link as "an insult", saying it was surprising that people from outside were credited for Bucs' success.

"It means we are not good enough at Pirates, we've not spoken to Ted in a long time. Ted is not employed by Pirates.

"We could have used Augusto Palacios. As chairman of Pirates, the league must do something about referees sharing the same hotel with clubs. It's not proper."

Referees are believed to have been at the same hotel as Chiefs.

Dumitru could not be reached for comment.

Speaking at a post-match briefing, coaches of the two sides Ernst Middendorp (Chiefs) and Milutin Sredojevic (Pirates) sounded satisfied with a point each.

However, Sredojevic went a step further by saying lapse of concentration in his camp was a cause for concern to the technical staff.

"We had done our home work to break the jinx but once more failed to defend the lead. We closed down Shaun Bartlett and ended up forgetting him.

"He punished us in the last second of the game."

Middendorp said: "Of course, I'm happy with the result. We made a big mistake in the first half by not closing down the dangerous Benedict Vilakazi and he scored a goal."