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Gordon Igesund predicts tight battle between Sundowns, Bidvest Wits and Orlando Pirates for PSL title

11:54 WAT 28/02/2019
Gordon Igesund
Goal spoke to the PSL title-winning coach as the race for the trophy intensifies

Former Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund says this season's Premier Soccer League (PSL) title could go either way.

Igesund stated that one of the top three teams, Mamelodi SundownsOrlando Pirates and Bidvest Wits could emerge as champions in May 2019.

“I think this league title can go either way in my opinion. Yes, it was a big result for Sundowns against Cape Town City (3-2 win on Wednesday) because they had two games in hand,” Igesund told Goal.

“The pressure was mounting and they had to fight harder to get the points. It is tough to compete against teams that have points when you have games in hand, but they did well against City,” noted the experienced coach.

“I think the race is between the three teams: Bidvest Wits, Pirates and Sundowns. They are the teams raising their hands to say we want to win the league championship,” he noted.

“I am sure (Sundowns coach) Pitso (Mosimane) knows how to handle the pressure and he will ensure that his players remain level headed, while Wits coach Gavin (Hunt) will do the same thing. These are two experienced coaches when it comes to the league race,” said Igesund.

Looking at this weekend’s fixtures, Pirates are on the road to Golden Arrows, while Wits host the Cape Town City and Sundowns welcome Bloemfontein Celtic.

“I think these are the most difficult matches for the three teams. We know Arrows are fighting for a place in the top eight and every game is very important,” continued the former Moroka Swallows coach.

“It doesn’t matter who you play, the most important thing is not to drop points. It’s a very tough stage. We know there are top eight, relegation and championship battles, but it goes to the coaches on how they manage their players,” reacted the Cape Town-based tactician.

“Look, for a team like Sundowns they will want to make changes and refresh the squad because of their travelling as they are competiting in two tournaments (Caf Champions League and PSL),” acknowledged ‘GI’.

“However, I would prefer to keep a consistent line-up. I think this is what I said to you at the beginning of the season that Pirates, Wits and Sundowns will challenge for the title,” reflected Igesund.

“It would have been nice to see Kaizer Chiefs among the top teams, but we know they have changed their coaching staff in the middle of the season and they might be in a rebuilding phase for now,” he concluded.