Cape Town - Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane says he hopes Kaizer Chiefs counterpart Steve Komphela can soon lift his first piece of silverware, but hopes that will not be at the expense of his own side's glories.
The two PSL giants will lock horns in the Telkom Knockout final in December after AmaKhosi saw off Orlando Pirates on penalties and the Brazilians dispatched SuperSport United during Saturday's semi-finals.
And while Mosimane is eager for Komphela to succeed, he admits he has mixed emotions about next month's title decider.
"Steve is my friend and my brother," Mosimane said.
"I brought him at Bafana Bafana to help me as an assistant. He has the brains. He is one of the local coaches who I believe should be given an opportunity.
"He has proved that he is a good coach, taking Chiefs to two finals. He needs to be given a chance and a break.
"I hope you guys (the media) don't kill him. We have very few, local black coaches at this level.
"Hopefully you will support him. He is in the final, I wouldn't like for him to win against me but on the other side I would like him to win.
"He deserves a cup. I have a responsibility with Mamelodi Sundowns. It's a bitter-sweet story."