That is just the nature of the South African game, with support historically rooted with Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates, but I thought it was a terrific game with worthy victors in Cape Town City.
I wrote in this editorial last week in praise of Eric Tinkler, and now he has some silverware to show for a fantastic job he has done in a short space of time.
It is interesting to look at what Tinkler has achieved at City this season, and what Steve Komphela has not achieved at Kaizer Chiefs.
Tinkler, at Pirates last season, lost in two cup finals, the Caf Confederation Cup final against Etoile du Sahel of Tunisia and the Nedbank Cup final against SuperSport United.
Komphela also lost two cup finals, the MTN8 final to Ajax Cape Town, and the Telkom Knockout final to Mamelodi Sundowns.
Orlando Pirates decided not to renew Tinkler’s contract, and he turned up at City, where he has been phenomenally successful in a very short space of time.
City are also three points clear at the top of the Absa Premiership heading into this week’s fixtures.
Chiefs, meanwhile, stuck with Komphela despite a poor finish in the league, but Amakhosi have gone pretty much nowhere in the new campaign. The pressure on Komphela is increasing by the day, with fans getting agitated at the club’s lack of success. It has even been rumoured that he could get the sack with a loss to Bloemfontein Celtic tomorrow evening. It is a difficult decision either way for Chiefs chairman Kaizer Motaung, because a change of coach does not necessarily bring better results.
Orlando Pirates are testament to that. They decided not to stay with Tinkler, bringing Muhsin Ertugral in, but it was an unmitigated disaster. Pirates may well already regret dispensing with Tinkler’s services, and there have certainly been fans indicating a desire to see him, or another former coach in Roger de Sa, back at the Buccaneers.
Then again, to play devil’s advocate a little, there is no guarantee Tinkler would have any more success if he returned to Pirates. He has talked of feeling the same pressure at City that he did at the Buccaneers, but it is hard to believe this is true.
The simple fact is that the heat at Pirates and Chiefs has an intensity that no other club job in the land does, and it is a difficult intensity to manage for any coach.
As for Komphela, my personal feeling is that he has had enough time now to make his mark at Chiefs, and it has not really happened for him. It could well be time for him to depart the Amakhosi furnace, though he remains defiant, as evidenced by his words on Page 9.
Also in this week’s Phakaaathi, Brilliant Khuzwayo encourages the fans to take it easy as Chiefs prepare to take on Phunya Sele Sele.
Back at the TKO final, we speak to Aubrey Ngoma, a man also enjoying life away from Orlando Pirates at the moment. Ngoma was quite brilliant against SuperSport United, in fact he has been excellent all season on the City wing. Tinkler’s side have a chance to go even further clear at the top of the table tonight when they take on Platinum Stars.
We also announce our Phakaaathi Player-of-the- Month winner on Page 8.
Don’t forget to enter the next competition for your chance to win R350 in airtime. The competition will be back again in February.
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