Tiyani Mabunda

Mamelodi Sundowns have confirmed – via YouTube – that midfielder Tiyani Mabunda is leaving the club. Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images

Pitso Mosimane comments on Kaizer Chiefs backed up by Sundowns midfielder

Pitso Mosimane has thrown some scathing comments down Kaizer Chiefs way, accusing them of benefiting from.poor refereeing.

Tiyani Mabunda

Mamelodi Sundowns have confirmed – via YouTube – that midfielder Tiyani Mabunda is leaving the club. Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images

The latest sound bites from Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane will have angered some Kaizer Chiefs fans, but the former Bafana mentor has been backed up by one of his players in his sentiments that the Glamour Boys have benefited from some dubious refereeing.

Sundowns host Chiefs in a league clash on Sunday, and the build-up to the encounter has been dominated by comments from the respective coaches.

It’s a rivalry which began over a decade ago, during Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp’s initial spell in charge of the club, when Mosimane was at the helm at Supersport United.

Kaizer Chiefs accused of benefiting from poor refereeing 

However, with Amakhosi in prime position to end the Brazilians’ dominance in the league, the rivalry seems to have developed new legs.

Mosimane, along with a few other local coaches, have cried foul over Chiefs benefiting from poor refereeing.

This came to a head when the Soweto giants looked to have conceded twice in their match against AmaZulu, where a linesman waved offside – decisions proven incorrect by the replays, in the absence of VAR.

There have been complaints during post-match interview from the likes of Owen da Gama and Benni McCarthy, but comments from Mosimane have caught more of the attention, days before his side is due to kick off against Middendorp’s charges.

Tiyani Mabunda echoes Pitso Mosimane

The Sundowns coach has been backed up by one of his players in midfielder, Tiyani Mabunda, who says Chiefs have been assisted by match officials in their ascent to the top of the league standings.

“He (Pitso Mosimane) is speaking the truth, we have seen how referees have been assisting them but we can’t fault them everyone gets their chance,” said Mabunda.

“I heard my coach saying yesterday that he is waiting for a time when things go sour for them to see if they will be as supportive of the referees as they are now, but we don’t blame them we look forward to seeing what will transpire on Sunday.”

Tiyani Mabunda

There has been one previous competitive encounter between Chiefs and Sundowns with Middendorp and Mosimane on either side.

On that occasion, the Brazilians came out 2-1 winners on their way to a record ninth league title.

The two sides meet once more at Loftus Versfeld with top spot on the line, as Sundowns sit just two points behind the log leaders.

Kick off is at 15:00.