Chiefs hit back at Pitso's 'well-rested' jibe


A Kaizer Chiefs player has hit back at Pitso Mosimane as he continues to label Amakhosi a "well-rested team" this season.

The Mamelodi Sundowns coach has regularly referred to the Absa Premiership leaders as "well-rested" due to the fact that they have no fixtures in Africa to worry about between league matches.

'Jingles' has often raised the point that their CAF Champions League campaign is the "bigger fish" his side are chasing this year as Chiefs continue to widen the gap at the top of the league.

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However, defender Daniel Cardoso feels that if Sundowns and Bidvest Wits were really serous about the title race, they would be rotating their teams every week.

"Look, I don't see why Sundowns and Wits don't play their second-string players," Cardoso said.

"If they want to achieve something in the league then they should rotate the team, not play their starting eleven in the CAF and then come Wednesday then they play the same team that travelled for hours."

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Cardoso says as much as Amakhosi have not been playing the same number of matches as Sundowns and Wits, it is not true that they are well rested, it is just about how Ernst Middendorp has been managing his players.

"I don't believe that's true," he insisted.

"We've been lucky to not be playing as many games as other teams but it depends how you use it with your teams."

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Sundowns and Wits are both in action in Africa this weekend while Chiefs' next game is only next weekend on 8 February against Royal Eagles in the Nedbank Cup last 32.

Wits, who have played four league games fewer than Chiefs, also have a fixture to catch up next week Thursday before a huge Nedbank Cup clash against Orlando Pirates next Sunday.