Saturday May 09, 2020. 12:00
Mamelodi Sundowns captain Hlompho Kekana says it would be unfair for Kaizer Chiefs to be crowned Premier Soccer League (PSL) champions for the suspended 2019-20 season.
The fate of the campaign remains uncertain amid the coronavirus pandemic, with football fans in South Africa possibly robbed of a thrilling title finale: champions Sundowns were four points adrift of log leaders Kaizer Chiefs, with the teams having nine and eight matches of the season remaining respectively.
“I believe it’s going to be very unfair because every team has got hope that they can do something,” Kekana is quoted by Sport 24.
“It’s gonna be a very challenging thing because when you ask us as Sundowns, do we believe we were gonna win the league? The answer is obvious: yes, we were going to win the league.
“You can’t prove that in the boardroom because football is played on the field and you can’t put mathematical equations to it either because it doesn’t work like that in football.
“For me, it would be very very unfair if you give Chiefs or Sundowns the league because there were still nine games to go and that’s a lot of football.
“If we were talking one game or they had too big a lead to be caught, then I’d understand. For instance Liverpool, who have a 25-point lead on top of the English Premier League – you can give them the league but I don’t know how you will manage those teams at the bottom of the log.”
Kekana continued, “It isn’t only the people who are fighting to win the league but look at the teams at the bottom; the points separating them are so slim, so who are you gonna relegate?
“The ones at the bottom might feel that they can win all their remaining matches and survive, so what are you gonna tell them? You can’t prove that they can’t.
“There are teams in the National First Division that want to be in the Premiership, so that adds even more things for them to look at. You have to look at other divisions below that as well, where clubs are hoping to get a fair chance of reaching the next tier.”