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Pitso Mosimane, coach of Mamelodi Sundowns during the MTN8 2019 Mamelodi Sundowns press conference at PSL Offices, Johannesburg, on 29 August 2019 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Pitso Mosimane tags Kaizer Chiefs as favourites for league title

Mamelodi Sundowns coach believes PSL log-leaders Kaizer Chiefs are the favourites to walk away with the league title at the end of the season.

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Pitso Mosimane, coach of Mamelodi Sundowns during the MTN8 2019 Mamelodi Sundowns press conference at PSL Offices, Johannesburg, on 29 August 2019 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane believes Kaizer Chiefs have what it takes to challenge his side’s domination of the Premier Soccer League (PSL).

The Brazilians are in pursuit of a third straight league title, and currently have some catching up to do in order to unseat the Glamour Boys from the summit of the table.

Mosimane lauds title “favourites” Kaizer Chiefs

On Saturday, the two sides had a dress-rehearsal for their high-stakes clash which takes place at the end of October. This was via a friendly match played at FNB Stadium.

It was the log leaders who came out tops this time around, putting on a solid performance to run off 4-2 winners on the day.

The display from Amakhosi drew some compliments from the former Bafana mentor, who lauded them on their improved performance from what was a horrid season last time around.

“They are very strong and competitive and I still have them as favourites to win the league. That is the difference between this Chiefs team and the one from last year. Not anybody can score four goals against Sundowns,” Mosimane said after the match.

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Sundowns playing catch-up

Sundowns have two games in hand on Kaizer Chiefs, who they trail by five points.

This is due to the former’s involvement in two other cup competitions – the MTN8 and the Caf Champions League.

The Soweto giants, on the other hand, finished ninth on the league standings in the previous campaign, meaning they missed out on either competition.

According to Mosimane, their absence in these tournaments has been somewhat of a blessing in disguise.

“Chiefs did well, they are prepared. They had no Top Eight, no Champions League and going on flights and all that. So this is what I said about Bidvest Wits last time. When you have a situation like this and you are a team of integrity, how low can you go? You can never go lower than 10th position. You will always come up and Ernst (Middendorp) has brought integrity to the team. It shows,” he added.

Pitso Mosimane

Chiefs contest their first cup fixture of the season on Saturday, as they fly down to the Mother City for a Telkom Knockout Round of 16 clash against Cape Town City.

They renew rivalries with Sundowns seven days later with a visit to Loftus Versfeld.

Both matches kick off at 15:30.