Pitso Mosimane says Kaizer Chiefs are not Mamelodi Sundowns' direct rivals in the league title race


Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane does not view Kaizer Chiefs as their main rivals this season despite the shape of the league table.

The Absa Premiership title race has already gained momentum with only 10 or 11 rounds of matches played, with Chiefs threatening to run away from the rest of the chasing pack with a 10-point lead.

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"Fifteen teams are our rivals, it's not Kaizer Chiefs who are only our rivals," Mosimane said after his side's 3-2 defeat at Golden Arrows on Sunday.

"Wits are our rivals, Pirates are our rivals, so is SuperSport United and all other teams, so Kaizer Chiefs is not our direct rival.

"So I don't understand why you put them as our rivals unless if you say who is first and who is second then it's okay, I would understand your question."

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Mosimane did, however, admit Amakhosi have a chance of going all the way because of the way they are performing and scoring goals.

"But if you put them there, I would ask where is Pirates, where is Wits? But if you talk about at the moment, they have a chance and they have a lead, then it's true they are winning hey.

"You can question how they win, it's your issue. You can stay in the corner and try to question and justify but at the moment they are winning. They score their chances you know. They are doing very well.

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"We just have to stay calm, we have a bigger programme to run you know. After the FIFA break the [CAF] Champions League starts."

A confident 'Jingles' knows they've seen this movie before and have managed battles against several teams in recent title races, winning the league four times in the last six years.

"We as Sundowns for the last six years we've run a race with all the teams. We ran a race for the first three years with Chiefs, we won it twice they won once. We won the race with Wits, they came in they won once and they lost it, and then we ran a race with Pirates for the last two years.

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'So we are running races my friend, every year for the last six years, and we are happy to run races you know, so it's okay it's not new.

"We lose races sometimes. Sometimes we win them. So if we lose it's okay but we've got other things, Champions League also, a bigger problem than any other team in the PSL so."