Orlando Pirates midfielder Kethokwakhe Masuku has told Goal that the players are still hopeful of finishing top of the log come the end of the season.
The Buccaneers are nine points behind log leaders and arch-rivals Kaizer Chiefs, and Masuku said that anything is possible in the remaining 11 games of the season.
"If our fans believe we are still in the title race and so are the players," Masuku told Goal in an interview. "We have 11 games to play and if we win the next two games we will be among the top teams on the log," he said.
Masuku, who was dropped against Moroka Swallows on Wednesday, said coach Vladimir Vermezovic didn't explain his ommission from the starting line-up, adding that he doesn't have a problem with sitting on the bench.
"The coach didn't explain to me, and I wasn't expecting him to do that. I am a professional, and I understand that other players need to play too," added Masuku.
The former Black Leopards midfielder scored the only goal of the match when Pirates defeated Mamelodi Sundowns a few weeks ago, and he is hoping to get into more goalscoring positions in future.