Cape Town - Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp
has reacted to Mamelodi Sundowns manager Pitso Mosimane's comments that
his time coaching in Thailand was a 'honeymoon'.
Mosimane made the comments prior to the 2-0 defeat to Chiefs at
Loftus Versfeld on Sunday and in what he said appeared to suggest
Middendorp was lazy.
But the Glamour Boys' tactician insists his time in Thailand was very
productive and scoffed at suggestions by his rival that it was a
"I think actually, let’s go back to 2016 [at Maritzburg], it was
really a time where I was driving into a wall, with distraction from all
the stuff going on in my head in terms of officiating and other stuff,"
"But my ‘honeymoon’ time was absolutely a good time, in terms of
getting relaxed. I was very busy though – which is what you’re usually
not on a honeymoon, but I was very busy with a lot of stuff in another
position I did over two years.
"It was very crucial to live. We talk about people not knowing the culture; I know the culture of South Africa very well.
"I studied and finished my study in economics and politics with a
degree from the University [of Bielefeld]. Therefore no one should tell
me I don’t know the culture or history of South Africa.
"But the culture of Thailand – there is no conflict; there is no
‘don’t allow anybody to lose their face’, and I continued [in my old
mental space] there for two to three months and I was nailed more or
less to the wall from the bosses over there.
"Then you start reflecting and sitting into it, and I’ve said it before, I think [the change] is not to my disadvantage."
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