Four games after the restart and the destination of the PSL trophy remains as certain as it did before coronavirus pandemic halted the league.
There must be an awful lot of frustration around the country in the homes of soccer fans. Yes, the action has been at its dramatic best but it has failed to bring the nation any sort of finality when it comes to the lingering question of whether Kaizer Chiefs can dethrone Mamelodi Sundowns?
Monday night’s game was no different as Sundowns scored in time added on to beat Golden Arrows. In doing so, they gave their funs some much needed relief and closed the gap at the top to three points.
Their fans, who have seen their side finish well many, many times before, will now relish the run-in.
The opposite feeling will be felt amongst the Amakhosi faithful.
Chiefs face Sundowns on Thursday and a loss will completely shift momentum over to those who call Chloorkop home.
Chiefs have just one win from their last four games and are now wobbling towards the line. Their main attacking outlet, Samir Nurkovic, will miss the clash through suspension and fellow striker Leonardo Castro is doubtful. With Khama Billiat’s goal-scoring issues now a serious issue, the news of Castro on top of Nurkovic’s unavailability comes as terrible news.
But things have not been prolific for their biggest rivals either … Themba Zwane’s goal against Arrows ensured Masandawana’s first league win since the restart. Neither side will be overly confident ahead of the biggest match of 2020.
Pitso Mosimane has gone on record as saying the blockbuster encounter isn’t a title decider and hinted that he’d be okay with a draw against Chiefs.
“You know this thing still has a heartbeat,” said Mosimane after watching his side labour to victory on Monday.
“We have to buckle up. We are all feeling the pressure, we are all feeling the stress. As I say, it’s a long way. The fat lady hasn’t sung and we are still going.”
A defeat would leave Mosimane’s men six points adrift with three games to go and just one win in the league in their last six.
On those facts, Sunday’s game is as “do or die” as you get. Just don’t expect “Jingles” to concede that.