'Chiefs and Bucs should not copy Downs'


Teboho Moloi said Mamelodi Sundowns have modelled Orlando Pirates' youth development model, and now ex-Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs players say the Soweto clubs should not copy The Brazilians in a certain area.

It has become a norm now in the PSL that Sundowns players go to their supporters to appreciate, dance and sing after each and every game, regardless of whether they have won or lost.

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It is a tradition they adopted from their CAF Champions League opponents, and this has made sections of supporters from rival clubs plead with their teams to do the same.

But according to former Amakhosi striker David Radebe, that practice will not work in the Soweto clubs.

"Remember, these two teams greet the crowd before game, but to make them celebrate after the game after a draw, eish, I'm not feeling that, I don't think that would be right," Radebe tells KickOff.com.

"You know Chiefs and Pirates should only celebrate if they win a trophy. That's what their supporters want. For instance, now Chiefs are not winning, so how can they celebrate a loss or draw?

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"Because you will find that other supporters are angry. If you start this thing then it means you will have to do it whether you lost or won. The problem is their supporters can get really angry after a loss or a draw."

Pirates legend Jerry Sikhosana echoed Radebe's sentiments that the two teams should not copy what Sundowns are doing but come up with their own way.

"I think every team has got its own tradition and we need to respect that. You can't copy from what the other team is doing," Sikhosana says.

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"You know how to treat your fans, you know how to entertain your fans. So I think Chiefs, Pirates.. .in fact any team that is in the PSL, any gesture of appreciation to the supporters will be highly appreciated.

"But you cannot copy what Sundowns are doing or [Bloemfontein] Celtic are doing. Every team has got its own tradition."

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