The Absa Premiership title race is only just reaching its climax, but one team have already counted themselves out with nearly 30 points still to play for.
It seems the championship battle will now be contested between just four teams, with SuperSport United stalwart Ronwen Williams having declared the end of their chase.
Matsatsantsa are currently 11 points off the pace of log leaders Kaizer Chiefs, while having already played two games more than most of their rivals.
Kaitano Tembo’s side also come off back-to-back league defeats, which Williams feels is just a stretch too far for them to still make a run for the coveted prize.
The Bafana Bafana shotstopper also slammed his teammates’ mentality over their failure to emulate the team of a decade ago, which completed a hattrick of league titles under Gavin Hunt.
“No, not at this moment. It’s the same old story; the same problem – we beat Pirates; we beat Chiefs; we beat the top teams but struggle against lower teams,” said Williams.
“At the beginning of the season, we set goal for ourselves to obviously win a cup, but the main objective was the league, and we know we threw it away now.
“Our last three league games, we’ve lost three on the bounce and that’s unlike SuperSport to do that, but it’s the same old story – it’s the mentality.
“We’ve tried and we’ve spoken about it, but we need to change our mentality. When we play the top teams, the guys are more motivated, and the lower teams then see us as a top team and elevate themselves.
“So, we need to be like a top team, take a leaf from Sundowns’ book and demolish these team, not making it easy and showing them that there’s a reason that they’re down there and not at our level.
“That’s the mentality we need to get back into the team; it’s the mentality we had when Daine Klate and Gavin Hunt was here; when they won titles, they didn’t care about any team and would win 1-0, take it and go home. That’s not what we have now.”