Free State Stars coach Nikola Kavazovic sees two-horse Absa Premiership title race


Free State Stars coach Nikola Kavazovic firmly believes only two teams remain in this season’s Absa Premiership race – Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns.

After Stars suffered a 2-1 defeat to Pirates on Saturday, the Buccaneers moved six points clear of second-placed defending champions Sundowns, who still have three games in hand.

Many would argue that the title race remains wide open, with Bidvest Wits also level on points with The Brazilians while Polokwane City, Cape Town City and SuperSport United all mathematically still in the running.

However, the Serbian tactician, who played as a midfielder in his homeland, believes from his own experience, that only Bucs and Downs are still battling it out for the championship. 

“We came to face one of two remaining title contenders – I don’t see a third… If you name a third, I can agree or disagree, but name a third,” said Kavazovic.

“I think, playing football professionally for so many years and now coaching professionally on three different continents, I can see that those two teams are so much better than others.

“Let’s be clear, with all due respect to Cape Town City, Bidvest Wits, SuperSport United – full respect, because they are all teams that have beaten me and I don’t have a right to speak negatively, they are really great teams.

“But if you see the log table at the moment, there are three, four, five points from Pirates and Sundowns, but those teams are led by two definitely best African coaches and they know what they are doing.

“So, remember this day and remember the title [race] only has two contenders. If somebody else wins the title, I will apologise in public, on national television – SABC.”