Consistency will be key to winning PSL title, says Kaizer Chiefs legend Patrick Mabedi

Patrick Mabedi of Kaizer Chiefs
Mabedi, who won two league titles with Amakhosi, discussed this season's PSL title race

Former Kaizer Chiefs defender and assistant coach Patrick Mabedi finds it difficult to predict who will win this season's Premier Soccer League (PSL) title.

Bidvest Wits, Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates are still in the race for the most coveted trophy in the country.

“Look, the race is interesting and I know football can surprise you and it is all about collecting your points now,” Mabedi told Goal.

“I think it will go down to the wire, but any team that is consistent in the top three has a good chance. Winning games at this stage is very important because it’s all about collecting and not dropping points,” he said.

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Current league log leaders Wits have 37 points from 20 matches,  while second-placed and defending champions Sundowns have 34 from 17 games and Pirates have 33 points from 19 encounters.

“They have good coaches, who are experienced when it comes to managing players and planning for games,” he continued.

“(Wits coach) Gavin and Pitso (Mosimane of Sundowns) are aware of what it takes to win the title and we know Micho (Pirates coach Milutin Sredojevic) is also good plus he is looking for his first PSL trophy. I am sure it will be interesting to see who will end up winning it,” he said.

“Big games between the three teams challenging for the title will be important and these are very difficult to predict. I think any team that gets lucky and is hungry on the day will definitely become favourites,” responded the ex-Flames international.

“In football, you don’t count what you don’t have in the bag. Sundowns are experienced and they know they must fight for the points until they have them,” he noted.

“It can be a disadvantage sometimes especially if you relax and say you still have to play three games in hand. But with Sundowns having been title challengers in the past few seasons, they know that they must be psychologically ready to fight until the last match,” said Mabedi.

“There are no easy games and they have a squad that is capable of fighting for points, but I must emphasise that consistency will definitely be important,” he added.

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Mabedi, who parted ways with Chiefs where he was serving as the assistant coach in December 2018, revealed that he is enjoying his break.

“It is difficult to put my head on the block and say so and so will win the league and then tomorrow I am labelled a liar. We know that PSL teams are not consistent and that is why it is one of the toughest leagues in the world,” said the 45-year-old.

“Yeah, look I am enjoying this break and I am actually resting for now. In football, we talk about transition and that is what I am going through for now. I am resting a bit and I really missed this break,” concluded the legend.