'Pirates and Sundowns still favourites for title'
SUPERSPORT United may have bounced back to challenge for the Absa Premiership, but they consider Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns hot favourites to clinch it.
United’s assistant coach Thomas Madigage said for them finishing well inside the top four bracket will be a great achievement.
Matsatsantsa a Pitori are trailing log leaders and reigning champions Pirates by three points and second placed Sundowns by only one point.
United are left with four matches to complete their 2011-2012 soccer season. They are away to out of sorts Kaizer Chiefs at Soccer City on Saturday night.
Subsequent to that, United will host Pirates at Peter Mokaba Stadium on May 1, followed by taking on Sundowns at Lucas Moripe Stadium on may 12.
They will wrap up the season with a trip with Free State for a game against Bloemfontein Celtic at Botshabelo Stadium on May 19.
“After we won the league title for three consecutive seasons, we went through a slump, which happens to the best clubs in the world too,” said Madigage.
“We started rebuilding the club by acquiring new players, which explains why we finished seventh on the log last season.
“The team is beginning to gel after we tried various combinations, our main problem was the series of draws we registered.
“It is good to be back in contention, but for us finishing in top four position will be a hell of an achievement. It goes to show we are on the way back to glory days.
“We are not going to put pressure on the players because of them are new. They are still trying to settle down, for us it is work on progress.
“If we happen to win the league this season, it will be a bonus. League is won by the number of points you have, Pirates and Sundowns have the points, which is why they are above us.
“It will also be suicidal to write off Moroka Swallows. Swallows are playing well, which is good considering they were fighting for survival this time round last season.”
Swallows are lying fourth on the log with 44 points.
Talking about Saturday’s game against Chiefs, Madigage said; “It is unprecedented for Chiefs to lose three successive matches.
“Chiefs will definitely fight like wounded tigers but we will give it our best shot.”