SSU ruled out of Chiefs, Downs race?

Premiership

SuperSport United coach Kaitano Tembo has all but ruled his side out of the title race with Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns as he eyes preparations for next season.

The PSL has proposed a return to play within a biologically safe environment this weekend, pending the go-ahead from SAFA, as they look to wrap things up for the 2019/20 season.

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While it remains to be seen whether it will indeed happen, some clubs are understandably unimpressed by the lack of preparation time afforded to them after nearly four months of isolation training.

Chiefs and Sundowns are currently favourites for the Absa Premiership title, with only four points separating the two sides at the top end of the table.

Tembo, whose side currently occupies third position on the log, has effectively ruled out a late title charge as their remaining six fixtures will have to serve as pre-season matches for next season, given the time constraints.

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"In a normal situation, we would need six to seven weeks but we know we won't be able to get that, so we might as well try and extend that into our games to go back," Tembo explained to the SA Football Journalists' Association.

"Probably our next two or three games will still be part of our preparation [for competition], and then probably the last three games will also be part of preparations of getting into the new season.

"So that's how we're going to try and break it, because for us it's going to be challenging. There's a huge risk of players getting injured, and it will be important for us to use five substitutes to safeguard the players from injury."

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