The stakes though this time around are massive with either side expected to grab the ascendency should they overcome the other.
This creates an exciting premise and also puts into the spotlight the battle between both club’s tactical masterminds.
Gavin Hunt vs. Pitso Mosimane is a rivalry that has headlined Premier Soccer League (PSL) football for the last few years and considering the history between the two former players and what they have achieved as coaches, one can be sure that nothing will be taken for granted.
While Gavin Hunt is a perennial winner, achieving success at almost all clubs he has worked at, Mosimane has solidified his name into Sundowns’ football folklore. If the Brazilians are able to achieve yet another league title, surely the Kagiso-born trainer can be considered as one of the greats of South African football as he will join Hunt with four PSL’s title to boast about, putting him in elite company.
However, there is very little to separate the two coach as their mentality and attitude are very similar. Both hate losing, and with such an important game coming up in terms of the title race, you can put your money on the game being decided on fine margins.
But it is just that fine margins which separate the good coaches from the best.
Winning does not always have to be pretty and both coaches understand that when push comes to shove winning is everything.
Orlando Pirates coach Milutin Sredojevic is still yet to learn this and this is perhaps responsible for his side’s decline as he looking to perfect football, and this is what makes Mosimane and Hunt two of the foremost thinkers in the game and favourites for the league title this season.
With experience comes wisdom, and both coaches have proven this. Mosimane and Hunt have learned from their mistakes. Mosimane, from his early days as a coach, while Hunt from last season’s shambolic display, these are lessons which are hard to learn, but make leaders and perhaps even greatness.
Nonetheless, going back to the league title race, with this clash coming in February, it is perhaps a bit too soon to be declaring the victor a champion, but it’s without a doubt that whoever walks away with the three points does put themselves in the driving seat.
Just like how the upcoming game could be decided on a moment of brilliance or a mistake, the league title could also potentially be decided on that.