The ti­tle is for Masan­dawana to lose

CityPress - - Sport - TI­MOTHY MOLOBI ti­mothy@city­

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

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