Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane has relinquished the battle for the Q-Innovation prize, insisting that it’s not what they focus on.
Kaizer Chiefs currently lead the race for the Q-1 prize, having accumulated 19 points from their opening eight games of the season.
Sundowns are two points adrift with one game in hand against Bidvest Wits, who are a further two points behind but have two games in hand.
Amakhosi have not warn a Q-Innovation prize since the 2014/15 season, when they in fact went on to win the Absa Premiership title and have endured a trophy drought ever since.
But Mosimane has insisted he is not fussed about competing for the “sardines”, relinquishing the battle for the quarterly R1,5-million to the rest of the league while The Brazilians chase the R15-million grand prize.
“Sardines, sardines. Those are sardines. We want big fish; we focus on the big fish,” responded Mosimane when asked of his interest in stealing the prize from Chiefs.
“We didn’t get sardines last year; we caught the big fish. There are people who got the sardines and we feasted at the end, and we called the whole community of Pretoria to feast.”
Sundowns and Chiefs will meet in their first encounter of Q-2 on Sunday afternoon at Loftus Versfeld.
Q-1 Top 5: P W D L GD Pts
Chiefs 8 6 1 1 7 19
Sundowns 7 5 2 0 6 17
Wits 6 5 0 1 6 15
PLK City 8 4 1 3 0 13
SuperSport 8 3 3 2 2 12