The Brazilians secured a hard-fought 1-0 victory over closest rivals Cape Town City on Friday evening, and following Orlando Pirates’ victory on Saturday, Masandawana now have a five-point lead at the summit of the standings, with the Buccaneers having played a game more.
Yet despite seeing off the Citizens – their first victory over the Cape club in four attempts – Mngqithi feels the club cannot relax, believing the destination of this season’s league title is not yet secured.
“It’s obviously a good result – we wanted it,” he said regarding his side’s win over City. “But we would be naïve to think this is the end of the road. The teams we are competing with are coming very hard on us, and if you were to ask at the beginning of the season if Cape Town City would be challenging for the league, nobody would have said that. We can’t be foolish: we’ve played 20 matches, we are still left with 10 – that’s 30 points [to play for], so anything can still happen.”
Mosimane’s right-hand man then singled out the teams who he thinks pose the biggest threat heading into the last third of the season.
“The same teams that could have been a threat can still come out stronger: you can see [Bidvest] Wits is coming up now, [Orlando] Pirates is coming up and [Kaizer] Chiefs is stronger – those are our competitors. But the good thing is that in 10 matches, they must play three and win them to come close to us,” he said.
Following Friday’s Nedbank Cup fixture against Cape Town All Stars, Sundowns are next in Absa Premiership action on Wednesday, 21 February as they face off against third-placed Free State Stars.