Cape Town City may dictate PSL title race
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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