Absa Premiership

'Chiefs were on the run, Sundowns were on the run'

2020-03-30 10:59
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Former Black Leopards coach Zeca Marques believes the suspension of football due to the coronavirus will impact Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns negatively.

Marques, who was in charge of Moroka Swallows until September last year, reckons Chiefs and Sundowns will both lose the momentum they built up throughout the campaign, giving other teams the chance to perhaps close the gap in the standings.

"Look, there's no doubt the break will affect them, everyone, more importantly, some teams might take advantage because it affects the rhythm of teams such as Chiefs and Sundowns," Marques told Goal.

"Chiefs were on the run, Sundowns were on the run and they've lost that momentum now. So, when they restart, it's almost like a mini pre-season and they will need about three weeks to get going again. To get back to normal fitness conditions or levels.

"Although they are training at home, they will definitely need to get the rhythm back because they will lose confidence, competitiveness. So, there's a lot of issues that will affect them."

Chiefs are at the top of the Absa Premiership standings with a four-point lead over Sundowns, who have a game in hand.

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