By Tholwana Mokoko
With just four games of the Premier Soccer League season remaining, Mamelodi Sundowns are far from being confirmed as champions, although they sit at the top of the table, they still have Johannesburg side Bidvest Wits to worry about, as they sit in second, just three points behind them.
Defending champions Kaizer Chiefs, will face the aspiring champions Sundowns, this weekend in Pretoria, a clash which should either way add to the seasons drama regardless of the result, as a win or Sundowns will mean they go six points clear at the top, but will compound further pressure on Chiefs manager Steve Komphela, as many of his team’s fans had expressed their unhappiness with the results thus far this season. This suggests that Komphela may need to rally his men and ensure a strong finish to the season if only just to save his job, as the Soweto giants will look to tighten their grip on the third position they currently sit on, and with nothing further to play for, surely a third place finish would e welcome with warm hands by both management, and some of the fans, who still believe in the former national U23 manager.
Mamelodi Sundowns have had a significant drop in form over the past couple of weeks, being knocked out of the Nedbank Cup by Orlando Pirates, and just losing out in the CAF Champions League to a late away goal by opponents AS Vita leaving only the PSL as the other competition their still well in. Downs manager Pitso Mosimane, has cited fatigue as a result of their recent drop in form, but still strongly believes his men can come away as victors of the Premier League.
Should Sundowns fail to win all will not be lost, but they would have handed a major advantage to chasing team Wits. Both managers are outspoken and confident of their style of play, and will surely look for wins, even just for pride in Komphela’s case, for the mutual’s a Kaizer Chiefs win would be celebrated, as its would set up a thriller end to the season, something that has been missing from South African football over the last couple of seasons.
The two teams will face each other at the Loftus Stadium, Pretoria on Saturday 30th of April, kick of is scheduled for 20:15.