Sibusiso Vilakazi admits Kaizer Chiefs are strong title contenders

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Chiefs currently hold a seven-point advantage at the summit of the Absa Premiership table, with Sundowns their nearest rivals, after 18 rounds of fixtures.

The Brazilians are eager to defend their title for a third successive time to secure their record 10th championship in the PSL era, but face a massive battle to displace Amakhosi.

Vilakazi has since insisted, however, that it is not yet ‘squeaky bum time’ with 12 games to go, but admitted that their rival continuing to accumulate points is slightly disheartening.

“I don’t think we’re at a point of desperation at this point in time, we just have to be composed,” commented Vilakazi.

“We’ve been in this situation last season, I think, where we found ourselves slacking behind with points, so it’s one of those things where we have to dig deep into our systems and ty to catch up.

“It’s not going to be easy though, you can see the team on top is putting the pressure by adding points onto their tally. But I don’t think it’s desperate times for us, we just have to take each and every game as it comes.

“It’s interesting, let’s see how we go about this, it’s very interesting. But I still feel that we can still dig deep. It’s not a case of, ‘We’ve seen this movie before’, it’s different this time around.”