The title is for Masandawana to lose
After losing the Absa Premiership title to Kaizer Chiefs last season, Pitso Mosimane declared war on Amakhosi when he said: “I am coming to reclaim it next season.” He has already gone a long way towards realising that vow.
With 11 games left before the end of the season, the league title is now Mamelodi Sundowns’ to lose. The championship race is as good as over, as none of the other contenders is showing enough fight. Sundowns are nine points clear at the top – unbeaten in 19 games in all competitions so far this season, with 15 of those in the league.
With the chasing pack of Bidvest Wits, Mpumalanga Black Aces, Kaizer Chiefs and Platinum Stars dropping crucial points when it mattered most, it would not be surprising if bookmakers already start paying out the punters who bet that the Brazilians would run away with the league title this season.
However, it’s still a bit too early to call. All the same, Sundowns have put themselves in a comfortable position to reclaim the championship.
The other contenders will be hoping that Downs’ involvement in the Confederation of African Football Champions League will derail them a bit and take some of the steam out of their run.
But two of those challengers – Chiefs and Wits – are in much the same boat, as they are also involved in continental