The 74-year-old former Chiefs and Sundowns tactician tells Goal that Stuart Baxter's men should forget about defending their league titleEXCLUSIVE
By Ernest Makhaya
Former Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns coach Ted Dumitru has told Goal that the Brazilians will definitely seal the PSL title this season, despite the slightest of chances for AmaKhosi.
The defending champions are four points behind Sundowns and can only clinch their second successive league title if the Tshwane giants drop points in their next two games and they win their remaining games.
However, Dumitru, who also coached Bafana Bafana, is certain that Sundowns won't make that mistake in their upcoming league games of the season. The Chloorkop-based outfit need only three points to win their first major title since 2008.
"The PSL league title race is not a 'race' anymore," Dumitru told Goal. "Chiefs have lost it and Sundowns are there to finish it. I was correct last season when I said Chiefs will win it, but I wrongly made the same prediction for this season," he said.
Dumitru added that Chiefs' lack of consistency and creativity cost them the title, and he feels the issue of a hectic schedule and fatigue has been used as an excuse as there have been too many breaks this season.
"Unexpected problems at Chiefs like inconsistency, too predictable in matches and lack of creativity are the factors in my view. The issue of fatigue is not relevant as this PSL season provided many fixture breaks for teams to remain competitive even with participation in Caf competitions," he added.
The 74-year-old Dumitru also lashed out on South African clubs' negative approach towards Caf competitions, and he wants the PSL teams to strive towards excelling against other African teams as this will also benefit the national team.
"The negative attitude towards Caf competitions has to change. It leads to sub-standard performance and international mediocrity. Every effort should be made to do well in African club competitions," concluded Dumitru.
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