Cape Town - Free State Stars coach Nikola Kavazovic believes that
Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns are the only two realistic remaining
contenders for the Absa Premiership title.
Pirates defeated Stars 2-1 on Saturday to move six points
clear at the top of the standings. Mamelodi Sundowns are in second position
though the Brazilians have three games in hand due to CAF Champions League
Mathematically, the likes of Bidvest Wits, Polokwane City,
Cape Town City and SuperSport United are still in the running though they
appear now to be outside contenders to challenge for the crown.
Kavazovic told reporters: "We came to face one of two
remaining title contenders, I don't see a third, if you name a third, I can
agree or disagree, but name a third.
"I think, playing football professionally for so many
years and now coaching professionally on three different continents, I can see
that those two teams are so much better than others.
"Let's be clear, with all due respect to Cape Town
City, Bidvest Wits, SuperSport United, full respect, because they are all teams
that have beaten me and I don't have a right to speak negatively, they are
really great teams.
"But if you see the log table at the moment, there are
three, four, five points from Pirates and Sundowns, but those teams are led by
two definitely best African coaches and they know what they are doing.
"So, remember this day and remember the title [race]
only has two contenders. If somebody else wins the title, I will apologise in
public, on national television... SABC."