Cape Town City may dic­tate PSL ti­tle race

The New Age (Western Cape) - - Sport - MMASEKEPE MATSEBANE mmasekepem@the­

IN A league that has a full hand­ful of ti­tle con­tenders, dark horses Cape Town City may have a big say in where the PSL ti­tle goes, if they don’t go on to win it them­selves.

This is be­cause coach Benni McCarthy’s team, who are sec­ond on the log be­hind Mamelodi Sun­downs by two points, still have to face all the clubs near the top of the log.

Their first match that will have a huge bear­ing on where the ti­tle will even­tu­ally go is on Friday against Pitso Mosi­mane’s Sun­downs, fol­lowed by third-placed Kaizer Chiefs, with an­other against Pi­rates still to come.

Sun­downs coach Pitso Mosi­mane said he would look to Chiefs to do them a favour by beat­ing Cape Town City and Pi­rates to keep Sun­downs’ lead in a healthy state.

Cape Town City will also have a stern test against a Bid­vest Wits side that is turn­ing the cor­ner and grad­u­ally get­ting out of the dreaded rel­e­ga­tion zone.

What lies ahead for City can either turn this into an ex­tra­or­di­nary sea­son or see them de­cide the league cham­pi­ons – and mid­fielder Thabo No­dada said the Cape Town out­fit well knows what tough games lie ahead.

“We are look­ing for­ward to this chal­lenge. At this point we are still in the run­ning, even though the draw against Bloem­fontein Celtic de­layed us a bit.

“Beat­ing Sun­downs on Friday re­duced the gap and that is a mo­ti­vat­ing fac­tor for us,” the 22 year old said.

“It will not be easy. And when you look at the next fix­tures where we have Chiefs, Pi­rates and Wits com­ing up, you see just how hard we must fight.

“Our worry is Sun­downs be­cause they are above us on the log. The other teams are be­hind us and we want to keep it that way.

“The main thing is to win the league. If not, then I have no doubt that we will play a big role in terms of where it goes,” No­dada said.

One thing that might well put City un­der pres­sure ahead of Friday night’s clash at the Cape Town Sta­dium is that although they are un­beaten against Sun­downs, this will mo­ti­vate Mosi­mane’s charges to dou­ble their ef­forts.

But No­dada does not see that as some­thing that should change how City per­forms.

“The pres­sure is re­ally on them to change that his­tory be­tween us this sea­son. We want to con­tinue with our good run.

“When the sea­son started, we didn’t know that at this stage we would be still un­beaten against them.

“But the mo­ti­va­tion that comes with play­ing against Sun­downs is mas­sive. We will play the way we nor­mally do and they will have to fight twice as hard to change that,” he said.

City will be without their coach, sus­pended for the clash, while Sun­downs will wel­come back Thapelo Morena and An­thony Laf­for from in­jury.


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