Downs Give Chiefs & Pirates Hope In Title Race?

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Rulani Mokwena
Rulani Mokwena

Mamelodi Sundowns co-coach Rulani Mokwena has explained why the DStv Premiership title race could be more open this season.

Sundowns, by their own standards, had a slow start to the season but are showing signs of finally gaining momentum after winning three successive matches for the first time with a victory over AmaZulu. 

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Mokwena says it's very important for them to start collecting points early because this is a season not ideal to playing catch-up, due to the fixture congestion.

The club football calendar has been compressed this campaign owing to the FIFA World Cup being staged in the middle of a regular campaign and Mokwena highlighted that even big clubs in other parts of the world are struggling to cope.

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"At this moment in time we're playing in segments where you can see that the car is moving but there are moments when the car has a momentary lapse of running out of petrol," Mokwena told members of the media.

"Running out of oil and you've got to reservice it. But that happens to the best in the world, Liverpool have not hit top gear, Man City have not hit top gear at the moment.

"Bayern lost now after three draws, so it's gonna be a very long season, difficult season but what's important and this is what we say to the players," he said.

Mokwena went on to say that he believes what will make this season even more difficult to collect points is that the depth in quality of the teams in the PSL has reduced tremendously. 

"What's important is, it's not a season where you want to catch up with the points, because the improvements from most of the clubs this season is gigantic, not even just miniature but gigantic," he continued. 

"A lot of the squads and the depth in the squads is not so big and therefore you can see even with the results how difficult it is for teams to consistently chip in two wins or three wins on the trot," he added.

Soccer Laduma looks at the improvements made by rivals, Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs, as they look to challenge for the league title.

Pirates

Pirates have made a vast improvement mainly on their defensive aspect, which has resulted to them occupying second position on the table.

The Buccaneers have conceded just three goals in eight league matches so far, which is the joint-least number of goals conceded, along with Richards Bay and TS Galaxy.

Chiefs

Amakhosi have improved on their home record this season, as they are currently unbeaten.

The Glamour Boys also conceded for the first time at home this campaign against SuperSport United this past weekend, which shows massive progress in their bid to challenge for league honours.

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