PSL: Whose title is it anyway?

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Pitso Mosimane of Mamelodi Sundowns in Johannesburg. Picture: Sydney Seshibedi/Gallo Images
Pitso Mosimane of Mamelodi Sundowns in Johannesburg. Picture: Sydney Seshibedi/Gallo Images

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The penultimate round of Absa Premiership games on Wednesday night could reveal who will take the title ... or else it could be decided on the final day on Saturday.

Kaizer Chiefs face Chippa United at the Orlando Stadium while Mamelodi Sundowns tackle relegation-threatened Polokwane City at Loftus Versfeld (both 6pm).

After both Chiefs and Sundowns squandered their chances to take commanding leads at the summit at the weekend, it is anybody’s guess as to what will happen on Wednesday evening.

Read: Chiefs or Sundowns? Absa Premiership is still up for grabs

The Glamour Boys did not look like the team that wanted to end their five-year title drought and Sundowns not like the side that wanted to clinch a hat-trick of Premiership titles.

It started with Chiefs, who missed an opportunity to open a gap when they were stunned by Bidvest Wits with a 0-1 defeat. Amakhosi were left dejected following that “disaster result”, as coach Ernst Middendorp described it. The result handed Sundowns a golden opportunity to topple Chiefs from the summit on the table for the first time in a year.

Enter Baroka. The Limpopo giant-killers had other ideas and pulled off a shock 1-0 victory over the Brazilians.

Following their shock loss, Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane said: “We got punished from one mistake. I warned the players that they are very strong on set-pieces and they are big boys who shouldn’t be underestimated.”

At the top of the standings, the two contenders remain tied with 53 points apiece after 28 games. The Sowetans are narrowly ahead due to goal difference.

The lucrative R15 million title will be decided in the finale on Saturday when the Premiership draws to a close, unless Chiefs win and Downs lose.


Not only will a champion be crowned on Saturday but one club will be relegated to the GladAfrica Championship.

Polokwane (25 points), Black Leopards (26), AmaZulu (28) and Baroka (28) are the bottom four in the relegation equation.

AmaZulu are on course to pull off a miraculous relegation escape after spending much of the season at the bottom.

The 15th place finisher will compete with Ajax Cape Town and Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila in the playoffs starting on Sunday.

Other fixtures: (6pm kickoff)

Maritzburg United vs Orlando Pirates

Highlands Park vs Cape Town City

SuperSport United vs Baroka

Black Leopards vs Bidvest Wits

Golden Arrows vs Bloemfontein Celtic

Stellenbosch FC vs AmaZulu


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