Lovers Mohlala feels Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates are no longer PSL top dogs
Posted: 4 December 2017 Time: 13:45
Former South Africa defender Jethro 'Lovers' Mohlala believes a power shift has seen Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates lose their standing as the PSL's big guns.
The Soweto giants have waned in their standing as South Africa's flagship clubs, with the likes of Mamelodi Sundowns, Bidvest Wits and SuperSport United having risen to the fore in recent years, according to Mohlala.
The Brazilians lifted their maiden CAF Champions League crown last season, earning themselves a spot on the global stage at the FIFA Club World Cup a year ago.
Earlier this year The Clever Boys bagged their first top-flight league title in their 96-year history, while Matsatsantsa recently made it to their first ever CAF club final.
Meanwhile, Amakhosi and The Buccaneers have done little since their respective achievements of winning the league and making it to the CAF Confederation Cup final back in 2015.
In the transfer market, Wits have also attracted big-name players such a Steven Pienaar, Daylon Claasen and Amr Gamal, with Sundowns having lured the likes of Yannick Zakri and Fares Hachi to the country.
Mohlala, who spent most of his career at Wits and Sundowns, therefore feels that the failures of the once mighty Chiefs and Pirates – both on the field and in the transfer market – has seen the so-called 'smaller' teams take over the baton.
"Wits is a big team now because everyone [players] wants to go to either Wits or Sundowns, and the 'big team' thing has been shifted to other teams," Mohlala tells KickOff.com.
"Wits, Sundowns and SuperSport have the financial muscle, unlike Chiefs and Pirates. I mean, Chiefs and Pirates are still big based on supporters but when it comes to spending and opening the cheque book it's Wits, Sundowns and SuperSport in the forefront.
"If you look at Chiefs and Pirates, they're waiting for players to be released from their contracts, and the ambitions of players are no longer to join Pirates and Chiefs – the ambition is to go to Wits, Sundowns or SuperSport.
"If you can inspire the first ever Egyptian [Gamal] to come and play soccer in South Africa, you can see football is no longer being directed to Chiefs and Pirates anymore."