Masilela: Title race will go to the wire


Kaizer Chiefs defender Tsepo Masilela feels that any one of the top five teams on the league standings could claim the Premiership title.

Amakhosi recorded back-to-back victories last week to jump into second spot behind Cape Town City in the table, although they have played several more games than the three clubs (SuperSport, Bidvest Wits and Sundowns) below them.

The veteran left-back is optimistic that the Glamour Boys could reclaim the league title they last won two seasons ago, although he admits the competition will be stiff.

“We are on the right track. We are still in the top five and anything is possible. There are still a lot of games to be played. We are hoping to finish at the top and win the league,” Masilela told the Sowetan.

“I think it will go down to the wire. You have teams like Cape Town City. There’s Wits who are strong, and they have a good coach [Gavin Hunt]. There’s Sundowns, and you can never write them off. We all know they have quality.”

Masilela has credited two of Chiefs other experienced campaigners for the club’s good run of form of late.

“The wins are good for the confidence of the team. Individually, you have Shabba [Siphiwe Tshabalala] scoring goals and [Bernard] Parker is back playing and scoring goals. Hopefully, we can keep going,” the 31-year-old said.

He also spoke about the possibility of making Amakhosi his last club, after what has been a glittering career:

“They [Chiefs] have been good to me since I came back [from Europe]. It’s tough to predict the future. If it means I retire at Chiefs, then so be it.

“If the coach needs me to play, I will play, and if he decides to play Sbu [left-back Sibusiso Khumalo], then I will support Sbu because we all want to win. We put that first.”