Bafana Bafana legend Benni McCarthy has cast doubt over Kaizer Chiefs chances of ending their five-year Absa Premiership title drought.
Chiefs suffered a surprise 2-1 defeat this weekend at the hands of Maritzburg United at FNB Stadium leaving second-placed Pirates just six points behind their fierce rivals albeit having played a game more.
Mamelodi Sundowns will have the chance to bridge the gap to just four points with their game in hand while fifth-placed Bidvest Wits trail the leaders by 12 points and have three games in hand.
And McCarthy, who lifted the league title as a player with Pirates during the 2011/12 season feels the league is wide open with 10 rounds of fixtures remaining.
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"The league is far from over, there are lots of games to go, Chiefs still have to go to Pirates, Chiefs still have to play [Bidvest] Wits, Sundowns is still coming," McCarthy tells KickOff.com.
"A lot can happen in those games, nothing is won yet, it's not over until the fat lady sings, but it's nice that Chiefs have put themselves in a position where it's there to lose.
"It all depends on them and nobody else. If they take care of business, if they make sure they win their games, then nobody catches them, not Sundowns, not Pirates, not anybody.
"But if they allow any complacency, you know who will be waiting, it's Chiefs league to lose."
Chiefs face Highlands Park in the last-16 of the Nedbank Cup on Saturday before the highly-anticipated Soweto derby on February 29.
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