Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns are both prime candidates for the PSL title, but neither team managed to achieve a favourable result on Saturday – albeit in different competitions.
While 14 out of the 16 top flight outfits engaged in the penultimate round of league fixtures, the Tshwane giants had their attentions fixed on continental glory as they slugged it out against Moroccan giants Wydad Casablanca in the second leg of the Caf Champions League semifinal in Atteridgeville.
The match ended in disappointment for the Brazilians, who only managed a goalless draw which saw them crash out of the competition, having succumbed to a 2-1 defeat in the away leg.
This shifted their attention back to the domestic league title, where they are in a foot race against the Buccaneers who, themselves, were held to a two-all draw by Cape Town City at Athlone Stadium, which placed them just a point ahead of the defending champions, who return to PSL action on Tuesday with a game in hand.
However, Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane believes his main rivals for the league titles are still within a fair shot of their first premiership crown in seven years.
“God has created this situation. Sometimes he opens and closes. Pirates are still in it. They tried hard. They really showed that they wanted it. I said they will win it. And if they win it, I will give congratulations to Micho (Orlando Pirates coach, Milutin Sredojevic), (assistants) Rulani (Mokwena) and Fadlu (Davids).”
PSL title race still open
The latest PSL results see Cape Town City fall out of the title race, with Pirates Sundowns and Bidvest Wits still in it.
The Soweto giants are on 54 points, just one ahead of Sundowns who take on Lamontville Golden Arrows on Tuesday night, while Wits are ever-so-slightly in it with 51 points with a game remaining.
Sundowns face Free State Stars after Tuesday’s encounter, while Pirates do battle with Polokwane City.