Fadlu Davids insists Orlando Pirates are babies in the Absa Premiership title race


Pirates are three points off log leaders Mamelodi Sundowns, with Bidvest Wits in second and Cape Town City in fourth place, making for an exciting finish to the championship race.

After initially refuting their intentions in the title race, with just seven games remaining now, The Buccaneers are beginning to accept their current situation dictates itself.

However, Davids insisted that though they find themselves in amongst the candidates, they ought to guard against self-expectation and pressure as they still have some way to go before being considered outright title challengers.

“There is always the ambition to be the best at Orlando Pirates, and that’s normal coming to a club like Pirates, Chiefs, Sundowns – to be the best in the league,” said Davids.

“That’s what we aim for. Yes, we have invested in terms of the technical team and the players, but you don’t build Rome in one day – it takes time and it takes steps.

“We’ve experienced the Champions' League this year and we will only get better next season, but our focus now is on the remaining seven games.

“It’s about really being able to focus game-by-game – three points per game and see how far we can go. Yes, we believe we have the squad and technical capacity, but the first game coming up is Mamelodi Sundowns and that’s what we’re focused on.

“It’s not a secret – SuperSport, Cape Town City, Bidvest Wits, we’re all in the title race. It will go down to the last game of the season, and that’s what it’s about,” he added.

“But we can’t be thinking about the title, we have to be thinking about the next game. We are new in this title race situation, if you take last season – yes, but the seasons before – no.

“So, all these teams – maybe even Kaizer Chiefs, although Polokwane City is above them – are also in the title race, and the last day of the season – I think that’s when it will be decided.”