Absa Premiership

Hunt: Title race will go down to the last day

2020-03-16 13:11
Gavin Hunt
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Bidvest Wits coach Gavin Hunt expects it to be a thrilling end to the Absa Premiership title race and one that goes right down to the wire.

Hunt made the point that what makes this title race interesting is that most of the teams that are still in the hunt still have to play each other.

Wits have to play Chiefs twice and Pirates once, while Sundowns face Chiefs and Pirates, which should make for a mouthwatering end to the campaign, if proceedings are not halted by the coronavirus pandemic.

"This one will go down to the last day. There's still going to be a lot of twists and turns.

"Everybody has still got to play each other at the top. It is crazy," Hunt told IOL.

"We don’t play (Mamelodi) Sundowns but we will play (Orlando) Pirates and Chiefs twice. I think SuperSport (United) still have to play them. It will be good for South African sports. You don’t know the ending."

The title race is now nearing a crescendo with Chiefs leading the standings on 48 points from 22 games and Sundowns just four points behind with a game in hand.

Pirates and SuperSport are the chasing pack with 40 points each, while Wits still have a slender chance as they are 10 points adrift of Chiefs, having played one game less.

Sundowns entertain Pirates tomorrow while the Clever Boys travel to face the Amakhosi on Wednesday in what could prove to be a decisive week in the title race.

Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane has sarcastically asked Hunt for help in knocking Chiefs off their stride and allowing his side in, but Hunt says 'Jingles' may not even need his help.

"He doesn't have to rely on us. He knows he can do it himself. He knows there will be twists and turns. They play Pirates. Pirates can beat them or they can beat Pirates. I think they still have to play Chiefs.

It is crazy. It is going to be really tight," Hunt said, interestingly not making any comment on his own side's chances.

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