Kaizer Chiefs gave their title ambitions a big boost with a hard-fought win over Cape Town City this past weekend, and they look to be one of the teams to possibly take the title race down to the wire.
Amakhosi are not far off Mamelodi Sundowns with less than 10 league games to go. They are just four points behind the Brazilians, and they are still in with a chance to dethrone their Tshwane rivals.
Of course they depend a lot on other results going their way, and they still need to do their part by winning consistently to keep the pressure on the rest of the chasing pack, including those behind them.
Their win over Cape Town City was their first at home to any of the top six teams this season, and it highlighted their seriousness in taking the fight to Sundowns.
Although, history appears to be against Chiefs at this stage, with Steve Komphela having failed several times to steer them to a major title, the 2014/15 PSL champions can begin to dream big again. They're grinding out results at the right time and it is what matters the most at this stage of the campaign.
If they pass the two tests, by beating both of the them, then their chances of pipping Sundowns to the title would look very good.
A four-point gap isn’t really too much in the PSL this season, and if Sundowns drop points at home to Free State Stars this week, then football fans can expect an exciting race going into the finish line.
Just a few seasons, the league title race appeared to be done dusted as Chiefs enjoyed an 11-point gap at the top, but Sundowns came back stronger to take the crown away from them in the final five games.
So, this means the next four games will be crucial for both Chiefs and Sundowns, but for City, this is probably the end of the road.
The Citizens would be proud of their performances throughout the rest of this season; they gave a good account of themselves against several of the top clubs, including Sundowns, but their inconsistency is to blame for not really pushing the leaders to the limit.
City dropped points unnecessarily this season, and a seven-point gap which could possibly stretch to 10, may prove a mountain to climb.
Finishing third or even second depending on how teams in front of them perform, appears to be a more realistic target at this stage, but their next game against Bidvest Wits will give everyone a clear picture of whether or not they’re up for it.
As things stand, City can only finish on 58 points, two and three points behind both Orlando Pirates and Chiefs respectively, but with the two Soweto giants meeting in just over a week, that top two finish is still a possibility.
If Benni McCarthy’s team fails to get all the points on offer next weekend, then it would be safe to rule them out of the title race competely.