Former Kaizer Chiefs defender Teenage Hadebe has insisted that the Absa Premiership leaders Amakhosi are firmly in control of the title race, as he tips them to be crowned champions at the end of the season.
After second-placed Mamelodi Sundowns edged Bloemfontein Celtic 2-1 on Wednesday at Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Chiefs lead was trimmed to four points.
Also piling pressure on Chiefs who have scored the highest number of League goals (39) so far this season are relentless Orlando Pirates who are six points behind in third place, although having played a game more.
But Hadebe, who now turns out for Turkish Super Lig club Yeni Malatyaspor, feels that Chiefs are still in control of their fate despite Sundowns closing in on them.
“Chiefs have been doing well this season and with the way they are playing they stand a good chance to win the League title and their goal ratio is far much better than last season,” Hadebe tells FARPost.
On February 29, Ernst Middendorp’s men clash against Orlando Pirates in what would be one of the race deciding contests, before hosting Sundowns in April.
They also face Bidvest Wits twice as they look to collect most of the possible 30 points from their last 10 games.
“The race is on and I am sure for Chiefs to be in a safe place they just have to beat Sundowns and Pirates. I believe by the end of the season Chiefs will be crowned champions as you can see how they are fighting on the field of play,” said Hadebe.
This Saturday Chiefs’ focus would be on the Nedbank Cup Round of 16 clash against Highlands Park at Makhulong Stadium.
Hadebe does not believe that dividing attention between the League race and the Nedbank Cup will add more workload on Chiefs or distract them from their quest for a first PSL crown since 2015.
“No, I don’t think so as you can see that in Europe, they are playing weekdays and weekends,” added Hadebe.
The Zimbabwe international is in his first season in Turkey after spending two seasons at Amakhosi.
By Michael Madyira