Kaizer Chiefs are still to face the new DStv Premiership champions Mamelodi Sundowns next month, and protocol dictates that the opposition need to deliver a guard of honour.
According to Sundowns’ co-coach Rhulani Mokwena, the gesture is not obligatory.
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MAMELODI SUNDOWNS WIN THE 2021/22 DSTV PREMIERSHIP
As The South African reported on Wednesday night, Ka Bo Yellow clinched the title after a goalless draw with Cape Town City at Loftus Versfeld on Wednesday evening.
Following Kaizer Chiefs’ 2-1 loss to Golden Arrows on Wednesday, and Royal AM’s goalless draw last Sunday, Sundowns needed just a single point against City to win the league.
The result confirmed the Tshwane giants as the 2021/22 champions and for the fifth season on the trot.
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KAIZER CHIEFS EXPECTED TO OFFER A GUARD OF HONOUR
With Sundowns having four more league games before the official end of the season in the middle of May, each of the four clubs in the remaining fixtures need to do a guard of honor to congratulate the champions before kick-off, one of those teams will be Gauteng rivals Kaizer Chiefs on 9 May.
Mokwena has said he understands that this is tradition but Kaizer Chiefs do not have to force themselves to do the guard of honour.
“I have to be very careful because it’s a sensitive space. Kaizer Chiefs are an important club for South African history and for the level of football that we have and we have to be respectful about the club,” Mokwena said as quoted by iDiskiTimes.
“Particularly because Ntate Kaizer Motaung is one of the major reasons we have the NSL and the PSL, but I think as a professional club and I will go back to when they won the league title Sundowns did a guard of honour, I remember.
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“They were coaches by Stuart Baxter if I’m not mistaken and Sundowns did give a guard of honour. I do expect, because of what I know about the club and the people at the club, the values and the principles that they carry and professionalism from a sportsmanship perspective, I would expect they would do that but of course, it’s not a must.
“Therefore if they do or don’t do it, it shouldn’t matter, what’s important is that we tried to guard against trying to cause animosity and rivalry that doesn’t exist off the pitch. We shouldn’t shun the efforts and immense contributions Chiefs has had on South African football,”
Meanwhile, Sundowns are chasing a treble after winning the MTN 8 and PSL titles. The champions will take on Royal AM this weekend in the Nedbank Cup semi-finals.
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