Makhanya wants Chiefs to be stopped

Premiership

Former Orlando Pirates midfielder Joseph Makhanya says he doesn't want to see Kaizer Chiefs lift the Absa Premiership title at Orlando Stadium.

League football will make a return after four months due on Tuesday night, with The Buccaneers taking on title-chasing Mamelodi Sundowns at Dobsonville Stadium.

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Makhanya believes Pirates have a chance to catch their Soweto rivals, but that can only happen if they win all their remaining games.

"I'm hoping Orlando Pirates will finish strong to make sure they motivate supporters ahead of next season, also who knows what can happen if they win all their remaining games," Makhanya tells KickOff.com.

"They are still contenders for the league, but they just need to focus on themselves, put no pressure on themselves.

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"The first game against Sundowns will be tricky, because Sundowns might have upper hand in terms of match fitness, they've played Nedbank Cup and Pirates haven't played in months, but I'm confident in them."

Amakhosi were drawn to play at Orlando Stadium, the home of Pirates, but Makhanya admits it will be hard to see thier biggest rivals winning the league title at their home ground.

"I wouldn't want to see Kazer Chiefs winning the league at Orlando Stadium. No Pirates supporter is prepared to accept that but like I said the team just have to play their normal game, focus on their games."

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