I guess it’s time for me to have some humble pie.
Yummy. Hell, I don’t mind being proved wrong.
So I have to tip my hat to the classy work that Mamelodi Sundowns’ super coaching team is doing.
I questioned the wisdom of giving the responsibility that one man usually carries to three men when Pitso Mosimane left for Al Ahly at the start of the new South African season.
And so far, Manqoba Mngqithi, Rhulani Mokwena and Steve Komphela have hardly put a foot wrong.
The Brazilians are top of the PSL, unbeaten since the start of the campaign with five wins and two draws from their opening seven games.
With one more game to play before the festive break starts at the weekend, Masandawana could yet build on their two-point lead.
Some of you might think that it’s easy to take over from a well-oiled winning machine like Sundowns – I know I feel at my afjakkerige best that anyone could do the job with your eyes closed in the PSL.
Add to that the 13-man strong recruitment drive to get the best players from their league rivals – thanks to billionaire owner Patrice Motsepe’s deep pockets – and you get the feeling that the Downs job is the cushiest job in Mzansi football.
But like most success stories, we don’t often appreciate the work that goes into it behind the scenes.
While there is no doubt that the continuity of the coaching team in Mngqithi and Mokwena helps, change is still a factor, especially when a man like Bra Jingles is missing.
Downs’ driemanskap have gelled nicely and share the media duties, which gives the impression that it takes a great team to make a great team.
So let me be the first to wish the Three Wise Men of Chloorkop a very Merry Christmas and wish the rest of the PSL and South Africa a safe festive season.
The big days are here, so be good on the roads and don’t forget about Covid-19.