Free State Stars coach Nikola Kavazovic believes that Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns are the only two realistic remaining contenders for the Premiership title.
Pirates defeated Stars 2-1 on Saturday to move six points clear at the top of the standings. Mamelodi Sundowns are in second position though the Brazilians have three games in hand due to CAF Champions League commitments.
Mathematically, the likes of Bidvest Wits, Polokwane City, Cape Town City and SuperSport United are still in the running though they appear now to be outside contenders to challenge for the crown.
Kavazovic told reporters: “We came to face one of two remaining title contenders, I don’t see a third, If you name a third, I can agree or disagree, but name a third.
“I think, playing football professionally for so many years and now coaching professionally on three different continents, I can see that those two teams are so much better than others.
“Let’s be clear, with all due respect to Cape Town City, Bidvest Wits, SuperSport United, full respect, because they are all teams that have beaten me and I don’t have a right to speak negatively, they are really great teams.
“But if you see the log table at the moment, there are three, four, five points from Pirates and Sundowns, but those teams are led by two definitely best African coaches and they know what they are doing.
“So, remember this day and remember the title [race] only has two contenders. If somebody else wins the title, I will apologise in public, on national television…SABC.“
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