Hunt: Title in Downs' hands

2011-01-21 13:51

Johannesburg - SuperSport United boss Gavin Hunt says the PSL title is Mamelodi Sundowns' to lose as he prepares to face the league leaders in Polokwane on Saturday night.

The Brazilians have reached the halfway stage of the season with a two-point advantage over Kaizer Chiefs despite their 1-1 draw with Bloemfontein Celtic on Wednesday night.

And Hunt, who has seen his side struggle to recapture the form that has brought them three successive league championships, believes his Pretoria rivals will win their first title since 2007.

"It's Sundowns' title to lose. They are top with a two-point lead and that's the position we have been in the last three seasons," he told

"But there is a lot of pressure on them because being top there is everything to lose. Sundowns have the best squad in the league and have for the past few seasons so they should really win it at a canter. Their coach is very experienced and he seems to have them playing very well."

Hunt admitted he is still having nightmares about the last time the two sides met. An injury-time winner back in September consigned Matsatsantsa to defeat - a loss that has defined their season to a large extent.

Nonetheless, the former Moroka Swallows coach refused to accept that luck has not been with his side this season.

"I don't like to look at it like that. The change of personnel has really affected us and it has been a struggle," he said.

"But Sundowns know they shouldn't have won that last game. We were 1-0 up and coasting with four minutes to play but they applied the pressure and equalised with an offside goal before we gifted them the winner. Hopefully we can have something to smile about after this match because we haven't had much to make us happy this season."

Hunt added: "What's gone has gone and if we can 30 points in the back nine then we'll have a finish in a good position."