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Opinion: Sundowns coach underestimating Chiefs in title race?

Mamelodi Sundowns co-head coach Rhulani Mokwena could have discounted title rivals too early after making comments about the number of points they may need to win their fifth title in a row.

Sundowns won their fourth championship in a row last season and extended their record tally of league titles to 11, in the PSL era, after a comfortable finish in the final stretch.

The Brazilians opened a massive nine-point gap over second-placed Kaizer Chiefs with a game in hand after a 2-0 victory over Sekhukhune United, courtesy of goals by Neo Maema and Themba Zwane.

On the other hand, Chiefs became the nearest challengers to Sundowns on the log, after climbing up to second with a resounding 3-1 win over Swallows, thanks to a brace by Khama Billiat and another goal by Keagan Dolly.

Mokwena was asked how many points they may need to be sure of clinching the 2021/22 DStv Premiership title and he reckoned 60 points could be enough.

"Even if we get to 60 points and we feel that the league is wrapped up, we have the responsibilities to this club, to the management, the ownership of the club and the supporters of the club to make sure we play and win every single match,” Mokwena told the media.

Sundowns won the league title last season quite comfortably towards the end, as the nearest challengers, AmaZulu finished with 54 points, 13 points behind the Brazilians, who ended the campaign with 67 points.

The 2019/20 season was more competitive, as Masandawana came from behind in the title race to win the league by two points over Chiefs, after finishing with 59 points to Amakhosi's 57.

So Mokwena is most likely expecting the trend to continue, where it's tough for other PSL sides to reach the 60 point mark and discussing why they need to keep winning, even if the league could be wrapped up, shows how he has already discounted opposition teams for the title.

It could be for a good reason and the most realistic, if you consider that they are the only unbeaten side almost half-way through the campaign while the nearest challengers, Chiefs have already lost three times.

League title races are always competitive when the second-placed team has the capacity to challenge the leaders and unlike last season, where Sundowns were chased by AmaZulu, Chiefs now have the responsibility and could be motivated to close that gap because of the rivalry but they'll need the Brazilians to slip up and a near-perfect run to stand any chance.

Do you think Chiefs, who are currently on 22 points after 13 matches, can reach 60 points and challenge Sundowns for the title?

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