How Pirates could possibly catch Chiefs


Former Orlando Pirates striker Ian Palmer has laid out what the team needs to do if they want to catch arch-rivals Kaizer Chiefs at the top of the league table.

The Sea Robbers are 12 points behind Amakhosi with both teams still to play 11 matches before the end of the Absa Premiership season.

Palmer warns his former team that it will not be easy though, and they cannot drop any more points if they want to achieve that.

"Look, it's going to be tough, let me be honest. It's going to be really, really tough for them because they must win and they can't afford to draw a game or lose a game," Palmer tells

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"So from now on they need to win, that's it. The pressure is on them. Look, for me there is no pressure on Chiefs. Because every time Chiefs win it puts pressure on the teams that are second, third, fourth, you know.

"Let's say for argument's sake Sundowns come back, Chiefs have got a 10-point gap now isn't it? So it puts pressure on Sundowns to win their game, because if they don't win their game then Chiefs is 10 points clear.

"If Chiefs win their games it puts pressure on all these others, because if these others lose or draw, the gap gets bigger.

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"Pirates, they need to win, that's it. As long as they win their games, they might stand an outside chance. You know, football is funny, you never know.

"Chiefs get two or three knocks and Pirates win their next two games, then there's pressure on Chiefs.

"So the next two games, if you look at Pirates' run-in and who they are playing next, and you look at who Chiefs is playing, and you look at who Sundowns is playing... the next two games are going to be crucial.

"Pirates stand a chance of catching up with Sundowns, but Pirates must win their game and hope that Sundowns lose their game. Then it makes the gap smaller. If Chiefs win then Pirates will struggle to win the league.

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"If Pirates win five games and Chiefs in the next five games drop two, then they might stand a chance Pirates.

"So for me the ball is in Chiefs' court now, and then the outside horse which is Wits... games in hand are not points. If I'm going to be honest, Pirates stand a sixty percent chance."