Former Orlando Pirates coach Milutin “Micho” Sredojevic has predicted “one of the hottest title PSL races ever” if the current season continues.
Kaizer Chiefs led the standings with 48 points when football was halted due to the coronavirus outbreak, while Mamelodi Sundowns were four points off on second place but having played a game less than Amakhosi.
While SuperSport United and Orlando Pirates followed on second and third position respectively, they now appear to have outside chances of lifting the PSL crown.
But the tight contest between Chiefs and Sundowns promised a photo finish to the title race, with Sredojevic saying the teams will bounce back hungrier for the game if the season is not cancelled.
PSL players are following individual training programmes while at their respective homes and Sredojevic believes that they are working hard to maintain their fitness levels.
“The South African PSL title race was getting very hot. But at the same moment we need to know that this lockdown is a major force above us and beyond us,” Sredojevic told FARPost.
“And everyone [players] staying in isolation and quarantine I believe that they are in full action [training], they will be ready once all this has passed and [when] all come back to normality and we go back to competition.
“I am convinced and believe knowing how each team is expertly led from the point of fitness, from the point of football that they are hungry for football [and] they will bounce back stronger. And if PSL is supposed to continue we shall see one of the hottest title races ever.
“I personally believe that when this ends [lockdown] we shall witness very good football and coming back strong and hungry for the game.”
If action continues from exactly the point where the league was suspended, it could be on a high note with Sundowns clashing against Pirates while Chiefs tackle Bidvest Wits.
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By Michael Madyira