Cape Town - Orlando
Pirates striker Lennox Bacela believes Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns'
participation in the CAF Champions League could have a telling effect on the
Premiership title race.
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Both Amakhosi and the Brazilians, the league's top-two
teams, are competing in Africa's premier club cup competition this term, with
the former facing Township Rollers while the latter are in action against St
Michel United, with both games this weekend.
However, Bacela and the Buccaneers know all about the
demands that come with playing continental football, with their recent
excursions in the Champions League severely hampering their domestic ambitions.
And Bacela feels a deep run in Africa will have a
detrimental effect on either sides' PSL plans, although he still hopes one of
the sides can proudly fly the South African flag in the latter stages of the
He told SuperSport TV: "I think it
(the Premiership title race) will depend who goes far in the (CAF) Champions
League. Having been there myself, I know what the travelling can do to a team
and I'm just hoping they both go far though.
"As much as I am a Pirates player, I would like to see
other teams do well in the Champions League.
"If you go far then you lose out on the local league
because there's about five to seven days that you need to travel so there's no
way you going to come back and perform well.
"Perhaps Sundowns can afford it because they have a big
squad but the same can't be said about Chiefs. I just hope one of the teams go
far in the competition."