Jabulani Mendu expects a tight PSL race, feels all coaches will have it tough

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Mamelodi Sundowns shone last season as they clinched League honours, and have carried that momentum in continental competition, where they have one foot in the semi-finals of the CAF Champions League.

Yet despite last season’s impressive form, Mendu feels all PSL coaches will have it tough this season as they all gun for one of the biggest prizes in South African football.

"Even now it is exciting to talk about it: look, Erick Tinkler went to Cape Town City, Roger De Sa is doing well at Ajax Cape Town, Muhsin Ertugral is now at Orlando Pirates, there’s Pitso Mosimane obviously and Steve Komphela at Kaizer Chiefs … all will have a point to prove this season," Mendu tells snl24.com/kickoff.

"And we haven’t even mentioned Gavin Hunt at Bidvest Wits and Cavin Johnson at Platinum Stars! I think it's going to be very exciting."

Mendu, who also played for Moroka Swallows, adds that he is not sure on who will reign supreme at the end as there has been lot of changes in players' personnel and coaching personnel, with everyone under pressure to deliver.

"From Maritzburg United, Baroka FC to Pitso Mosimane, all of them will have it tough,” he says. “Because it's going to be very tight and exciting. Even in the National First Division, even in the ABC Motsepe League ... it's new era for South African football in the 2016/17 season.

"But having said that, it will be difficult for Sundowns to repeat it. Gavin Hunt wants the League, Pitso still wants the treble, Steve Komphela wants the league and Muhsin is also gunning for glory. That is why Pirates brought him in - they want to win the league. Baroka also wants the league, so it will be a very exciting season."

The new PSL will kick off later next month following the national Under-23 side’s expoloits at the Rio Olympics in Brazil.