'What Pitso once told me about Chiefs'


Kaizer Chiefs fans have been advised to keep their champagne on ice for the league title, with a reminder of a situation Pitso Mosimane called three years ago.

Last weekend was bad for the Amakhosi family as both their rivals Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates gained on them following their 2-1 home loss to hoodoo team Maritzburg United.

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"Eish... you see this is the most confusing league race I've gone through," legendary goalkeeper and football analyst William Shongwe tells KickOff.com.

"Initially two weeks back I thought, 'Aah no, like Pitso said let Chiefs have it'. But now after the weekend results, I'm beginning to think otherwise now. This thing is far from over.

"I mean Pirates have shortened it to six [points], and Mamelodi Sundowns have shortened it to seven with two games in hand... it's alive and kicking. It's far from over.

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"We can jump all we like and... let me tell you, the champagnes, just keep them in the freezer for now. Don't even bring them anywhere out near the ice blocks. Keep them in the freezer.

"Let's give it till this month end. The next two games for me will bring a better picture."

Shongwe says he will never forget what Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane once told him about Chiefs three seasons ago.

"I cannot forget, three seasons ago, it was a given that Chiefs was having it. Then I made a statement publicly on one of our shows [on SuperSport], and that year Chiefs was involved in the CAF competition," he recalls.

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"I'm telling you, Pitso called me saying, 'Hey man listen, I thought you knew football. How can you say such a thing?'

"He said, 'These people are still going to lose sight, remember they are engaged in this and that, and they are not used to competing in these things, we are better suited for it. So this thing, we are still catching up here.'

"I am telling you, I was forced to apologise publicly once again on one of the shows... I am not going to commit, not now. So this thing is still wide open my brother."

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Shongwe also came to the defence of Nigerian goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi again after he made another mistake on Saturday evening, gifting the Team of Choice a goal.

"You know Akpeyi is still going to have a big problem? This man has done so incredibly well. Remember four seasons ago [Itumeleng] Khune was there and Chiefs ended up nowhere. And now Akpeyi has been there and Chiefs are in with a chance," he adds.

"It's just you know when people believe in someone... I mean in the past a Kaizer Chiefs team could never be a Kaizer Chiefs without Ace Ntsoelengoe, without Teenage Dladla, without Doctor Khumalo and so on and so on. So I think Khune has become that type of a player.

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"So for me I know he has faltered [Akpeyi] but we must look at the whole thing. What drew him out initially to find himself in no man's land? The man is playing under a lot of pressure and that doesn't help any player. You make one mistake and they will make that mistake look like ten times worse you know."