Mzwakhe Ngwenya
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5 Apr 2014
6:00 am

‘Title race is firmly in Amakhosi’s hands’

Mzwakhe Ngwenya

"This title is ours to lose." This is the view of Kaizer Chiefs' dynamic midfielder Reneilwe Letsholonyane.

Back with Bafana: Reneilwe Letsholonyane. Pic: Samuel Shivambu /BackpagePix

“It is true,” he said. “When you look at it all the odds are favourable for us to win it.”

This evening Chiefs’ credentials of whether they can successfully defend their Absa Premiership title will be put to the test against fellow pacesetters Mamelodi Sundowns.
Amakhosi are on top with 52 points while the Brazilians are on 49 points – however Chiefs have played a game less than Sundowns.

As it is, indeed, Chiefs would only have themselves to blame if they lose the grip on the title they have held for the greater part of the current campaign.

Lestholonyane’s side are hoping a fit duo of Knowledge Musona and goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune will give them an edge tonight at the FNB Stadium.

Musona picked up a knock on his ankle a week ago while Khune has been out for a month with a similar injury.

Amakhosi coach Stuart Baxter said this week the pair were back at their training base in Naturena and he was hoping they would take the field.

Pitso Mosimane’s Sundowns have been in scintillating form lately and Letsholonyane admitted it won’t be an easy game for his team against the star-studded Downs side.

“They have good players and we will not in any way underestimate them,” he said.

The Bafana Bafana midfielder said winning back-to-back league titles would be something special.

“Every player wants to win the league title, so winning it twice in succession would be great.”

In midweek against Golden Arrows, Letsholonyane and other Chiefs first-teamers were rested following their hectic schedule which included playing in the Caf Champions League.

Baxter said his rotation system had worked well as his team had yet to show signs of fatigue.

“Look at SuperSport United, you might say they suffering from fatigue,” he said.

“But with us we have been able to respond with positive results in our domestic games.”

Amakhosi have made the FNB Stadium their fortress, but against Sundowns, their 25-match unbeaten record at the venue will be under intense scrutiny.

Only time will tell.

The match starts at 8.15pm.