Seven teams still have a good chance of winning the Absa Premiership title, making this season's race the most exciting yet
Posted: 11 March 2019 Time: 07:06
The Absa Premiership title race usually involves two or three teams as favourites, but this season is proving to be something quite out of the ordinary.
As things stand, with under 10 matches to go, there are a total of seven teams that have a very good chance of winning the Absa Premiership.
While leaders Orlando Pirates and defending champions Mamelodi Sundowns were involved in CAF Champions League action over the weekend, the likes of SuperSport United and Polokwane City took advantage by closing the gap.
Bidvest Wits, who were at the top for a while before they were usurped by Sundowns a few weeks ago, dropped points yet again in a 2-0 defeat to AmaZulu, but the Clever Boys are still very much in the race, though they’d need to turn things around as soon as possible, because they've registered just two wins in 2019. At the moment, it looks like they are throwing it all away, when at one stage they looked comfortable at the summit.
SuperSport are in fifth place on the standings, currently just two points behind leaders Pirates. Matsatsantsa have won five of their last six matches and are probably starting to believe that they can win the title.
Rise and Shine, meanwhile, are only four points from the top of the table. They have been going about their business silently and could write one of the greatest stories in PSL history by winning the title. Just last season they were fighting relegation and in this campaign, with coach Jozef Vukusic, they go into the final seven matches with a chance of getting their hands on the biggest prize in local football. What a story it would be if they were to win it.
Kaizer Chiefs kept their hopes alive over the weekend with a 1-0 victory over relegation-threatened Maritzburg United, a win which put them within just five points of their Soweto rivals Pirates. It’s been a disappointing campaign for Chiefs, but they could still finish with the title in the bag.
Cape Town City, another in-form team, were not in action over the weekend. They remain in third place, just a point behind the leaders
There have been some interesting championship races in the past, such as the 2004/05 season when Pirates squandered a big lead to hand Amakhosi the title, as Kosta Papic’s Buccaneers rued missed chances. Who can forget the 2010/11 season when Ajax Cape Town had it in their hands going into the final day, only to give it away to Pirates? Or how Sundowns launched one of the most amazing comebacks to beat Stuart Baxter’s Chiefs side to the title in 2013/14?
The current season’s finale will surely rival all these title races, considering there are so many teams still in with a chance of getting their hands on the trophy.