Former Orlando Pirates defender Siyabonga Sangweni gives an in-depth explanation as to how the Buccaneers should still be regarded as title challengers.
An indifferent start to the season so far has seen the Buccaneers fall a huge 14 points behind defending champions Mamelodi Sundowns.
Pirates, who occupy seventh position in the standings, will need to grab all three points against a rejuvenated TS Galaxy FC at Orlando Stadium on Saturday to maintain any glimmer of title hopes
"To be honest, yes things are a bit difficult at the moment but we can't lose hope," Sangweni tells Kickoff.com.
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"Pirates so far they've been unlucky, but I believe this time we will get all three points against Galaxy.
"Yes, it will be difficult for them to win the title when you look up there our target should be the top four.
"But if they can come back strongly in the second round, then anything can happen. It's too early for saying the league is already gone, and that's why I say if they come back strongly.
"It's not like all the teams that are above them will continue winning in the second round.
"Pirates must just make sure they win 90% of their home games. Then away they can get draws with a few wins. Anything can still happen.
"The 14-point gap is nothing. They should just hold their own against the teams above them while also giving the ones below them a good hiding.
"From now on, their defeats should the bare minimum of draws. Then there will be something to talk about."