Throwback Thursday: When Makhubedu insulted Chiefs


In the latest edition of Throwback Thursday we revisit when Sekhukhune United head coach MacDonald Makhubedu threw insults at Steve Khompela's Kaizer Chiefs side.

A few years have passed since the infamous incident took place in the Mpumalanga province.

In April 9, 2017, Makhubedu's ABC Motsepe League outfit Acornbush United dominated a Nedbank Cup encounter against the Soweto giants despite suffering a narrow defeat.

Two late goals from Gustavo Paez rescued Amakhosi as they advanced to the quarterfinal stage of the competition.

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A memorable talking point came during the post-match interview when Makhubedu told SuperSport cameras how disappointed he was with Chiefs' performance.

"No we can't complain, the red card killed off everything," Makhubedu said.

"But if this is the biggest team in the country, you can bring Mourinho or whoever, in the national team we are still going to suffer.

"If this is the biggest team in the country, don't blame the national team coaches.

"If we can go a man down in the opening 18 minutes, and still lead the game until the 89th minute, we don't have to blame referees.

"Chiefs didn't come to the party and only played in the second half.

"We were one man down, inexperienced at the back, they've got the goal and are a good team, but I repeat if this is the biggest team in the country the national team will suffer a lot. So we must just play fair, we must just put good players on the field.

"Referees are fair, they make mistakes, but the big teams in the country they must play fair.

"Sign good players, play good players, the public is suffering, everyone came to watch the biggest team in the country, then they watch this? Come on man. My boys didn't learn today,

"I wanted them to learn, it was not fruitful for me as a coach, they haven't learned. I wanted to use this as preparation for the playoffs but their idols didn't come to the party, they didn't play, they didn't do anything until we were 1-0 down.

"If this is the biggest team in the country, the national team will never beat Lesotho."

Four years later, Makhubedu who is now in charge of Premier Soccer League newbies Sekhukhune United FC and finds himself sitting second in the DStv Premiership standings.

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