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Too early to write off Kaizer Chiefs' PSL title chances, says Orlando Pirates legend Mkhalele

7:44 PM SGT 4/3/18
Helman Mkhalele - Orlando Pirates
The former South Africa international was pleased to see goals in the Soweto Derby on Saturday

The Soweto Derby has come and gone, but it has left the encounter between the two rivals Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates at a new level, so said South African football legend Helman Mkhalele.

The Buccaneers grabbed the bragging rights as they cruised past Amakhosi with a convincing 3-1 win in the Premier Soccer League match which was played at the FNB Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

A brace courtesy of Luvuyo Memela and one goal from Thembinkosi Lorch gave Milutin Sredojevic’s men a win as they occupy the second spot on the league standings.

Pirates are trailing log leaders, Mamelodi Sundowns by four points and they kept hopes of challenging for the PSL title alive by defeating Amakhosi.

“It was a good game. It is what I expected and I am happy we saw goals and good football on the day – it lived up to its expectations,” Mkhalele told Goal.

“There was entertainment in the match and you could see the fans were having a good time as well," he continued.

Speaking about the fact that Amakhosi failed to win, ‘Midnight Express’ added that it is early to write off Chiefs' title chances.

Amakhosi scored through Leonardo Castro’s header as the Colombian striker made his bow in the country’s biggest football match.

The Soweto giants now sit at number five on the log table with 35 points and they are left with seven matches to wrap up their PSL campaign.

“Looking at the number of remaining games - they can still find a chance,” added Mkhalele.

“With all that, their chances are becoming slim, but we will see how they respond from this defeat to Pirates because anyone ahead of them can falter,” noted Mkhalele.

“There are teams such as Maritzburg United and Free State Stars, who are also doing well in the league and they have more points than Chiefs,” said the 48-year-old.

“On the other hand, the win has enhanced Pirates' chances of winning the league, that win will go a long way in terms of restoring belief in the players as they challenge Sundowns,” he observed.

“The rivalry between the two teams (Pirates and Chiefs) is on a different level now and credit must go to the two teams,” concluded the Newcastle-born legend.