Maluleka: CAF absence boosts Chiefs

Amakhosi, who are currently top of the standings after five successive wins, can be grateful that they are not contending CAF competition this year, unlike three of their rivals, as they look to maintain their focus on the main PSL prize.

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Mamelodi Sundowns and Bidvest Wits are both through to the last 32 of the CAF Champions League, while SuperSport United advanced to the CAF Confederation Cup first round, along with Platinum Stars.

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From past experience, Maluleka believes this could prove advantageous to their hopes of reclaiming the title from reigning champions Sundowns.

“I think it will [help us], honestly speaking,” said ‘Mido’. "I think we have been in that situation before and that was the year we lost the title to Sundowns with 11 or so games to go.

“We dropped points, we were drawing and we became very desperate, and that cost us in a couple of crucial games.

“So we don’t know how they [the other three title hopefuls] are going to be dealing with such [a fixture list], but I think it will take its course.”

However, the 28-year-old midfield ace, who is in the last four months of his contract and has yet to pen a new deal at Naturena, insists their focus is on their own agenda, rather than the chasing pack.

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“We are not worried about them [title rivals],” he insisted. "We’re just focussed on ourselves and we want to make sure that in every game we go into, if we can make sure we play very well, then at least we can give ourselves a chance to come out with a positive result.”

Chiefs have played two games more than Matsatsantsa, three more than The Clever Boys and six more than The Brazilians, while they have just a one point advantage over rookies Cape Town City.

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