Former Bafana Bafana striker Nathan Paulse says both Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates are the teams to look out for in ther new season.
The Buccaneers were one of the most improved teams in the Premier Soccer League (PSL) last season, and they managed to finish second on the log.
They lost the league title to eventual winners Mamelodi Sundowns in the final matches of the campaign.
Paulse feels that Sundowns will be the team to watch in the new campaign as they look to continue their dominance in South African football having won three of the last five league titles.
“I think Mamelodi Sundowns are again the team to watch,” Paulse told IOL.
However, the Brazilians will be without Percy Tau and Khama Billiat, who played an instrumental role in helping the team win last season's PSL trophy. The two attackers have joined English side Brighton and Hove Albion and Kaizer Chiefs respectively.
Sundowns have since signed Guinea-Bissau winger Toni Silva, Venezuelan striker Jose Ali Meza and South African duo of Andile Jali and Lyle Lakay.
“They’ve made some good signings and are obvious contenders again. They’ll miss Percy Tau. So, it will be interesting to see if they have someone to fill his shoes," he continued.
The Buccaneers on the other hand, have managed to keep their best players from last season, and they reinforced their squad with some exciting new signings.
Brilliant Khuzwayo, Ben Motshwari and Kudakwashe Mahachi are some of the players that have been signed by Pirates ahead of the new season.
"The other team to look out for is Orlando Pirates. I think they have grown a lot in recent times in terms of intensity, structure and organisation," the retired striker added.
The Soweto giants will be hoping to win the league title for the first time since 2011 and end their their four-year trophy drought.
"As for Chiefs, I’m not too sure - I don’t think they are where they should be, but if Khama (Billiat) can come to the party, then there might be something there," he concluded.
Sundowns will open their new campaugn against Chiefs at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium on Saturday, while Pirates are scheduled to face Highlands Park at the Orlando Stadium on the same day.