Themba Zwane believes Absa Premiership title race is in Mamelodi Sundowns' grasp


Despite Kaizer Chiefs leading the log standings, Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder Themba Zwane believes the Absa Premiership title race is in their hands at the moment.

The 2019/20 season is currently suspended amid the country's lockdown over the SARS-CoV-2 virus outbreak that has claimed 34 South African lives thus far.

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It remains uncertain whether government will further extend the lockdown or place restrictions on movement and gathering, thus still affecting when the season will resume.

It is also unclear whether the PSL could take an unprecedented decision to declare the season null and void or run the campaign later than usual, risking a knock-on effect of next season's schedule.

However, in the best case scenario, when the season resumes, Zwane says Sundowns have benefitted greatly from this forced break and believes all they have to do to claim a third successive title is win all their games, including one against Chiefs.

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"For me, I'd say this [break] is good for us, because we have time to rest now and reset ourselves, and plan for when we come back," 'Mshishi' tells

"We currently have groups where we are still analysing our own games as a team, we can't stop. Sometimes we also analyse overseas games of big teams so that we can improve our play.

"So, I think it's the right time for us to get this rest because I think fatigue was kicking in, and there were a lot of players getting injured.

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"But now I'm sure, when we come back, everyone will be okay and injury free, and we will get our team to full strength and then we will compete for the league.

"And for us, our aim is to win all our games and that's all. If we win all our remaining games, we'll be champions because we still have to play Chiefs as well."

The Brazilians are currently four points behind Amakhosi, who have played one game more, making the permutations that much simpler for the defending league champions.

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