Pirates Close In On League Title, Chiefs Slip Away

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By Isaac Ndou

JOHANNESBURG:  Orlando Pirates blew the league race wide open after they narrowed their gap to the top to one point after beating Golden Arrows whilst Kaizer Chiefs slipped further away from it following their goalless draw with AmaZulu.

Goals from Thembinkosi Lorch and Mthokhozisi Dube ensured Bucs a 2-1 victory at the Princess Magogo Stadium on Saturday to pile the pressure on Mamelodi Sundowns who were in continental duties with Rwandan side Rayon Sports.

The Sea Robbers now have 42 points while the Brazilians are on 43 points with a game in hand. While Pirates made the most of their weekend, their arch rivals Chiefs dropped points as they failed to beat Usuthu at home, more so failing to score in the match.

Steve Komphela’s side have now fallen out of their league ambitions and will now have to dig deep to consolidate themselves within the top four finish as they now sit in 5th position with 36 points.

It is now safe to say that the league title has come down to being a two horse race as its either going to the Brazilians or the Buccaneers who are the two teams that have won the most matches and scored the most goals in this current campaign.

Pitso Mosimane had previously stated that the league is in their hands but will have a different mindset now. Downs will return to league action after the international break when they host Chippa United on April 4 while their competitors Pirates will also be at home against Bloemfontein Celtics on the same day.

It will be more interesting to watch the two teams battle it out for the honours with only 6 games left to conclude the season.

Sundowns had a good weekend as well as they progressed to the Caf  Champions’ league group stages after their 3-1 home win over Rayon Sports on Sunday in Pretoria.