Former Golden Arrows coach Manqoba Mngqithi believes Orlando Pirates will not have it all their own way when they take on the Lamontville outfit on the final day of the season
The Sea Robbers currently sit atop the PSL table, two points above Moroka Swallows with only Saturday’s round of matches remaining.
A win against Abafana Bes’thende would see Pirates clinch their second consecutive league title, as well as earn back-to-back trebles, regardless of the result between Swallows and Maritzburg United.
Mngqithi, though, believes that is easier said than done, and while the Buccaneers might be the favourites, Arrows can still pull off a shock this weekend.
“I believe that chances are it’s going to be Pirates, all odds are favouring them, but if Golden Arrows on the day can just play for a draw I know Gordon will win the last match. I would like to believe Arrows still have the quality to beat anyone and it will not be easy for Pirates,” Mngqithi told Football411.
On Swallows’ stellar campaign, Mngqithi added: “Swallows have worked hard and deserve to be here. Gordon has done well with the team and he has used his mix of experience and youth well.
“Players like (Siyabonga) Nomvethe, Sibaya Chunene and (Joseph) Makhanya, those are good players who have helped the team go forward.They have tasted winning before so that spirit they bring into the team makes them a formidable team.”
The penultimate round of Premiership matches saw no fewer than six teams still mathematically in with a shout of clinching the title, and Mngqithi feels that was evidence of a thrilling campaign.
He said: “It has been a very exciting season where everybody at some point thought it’s going to Sundowns, then SuperSport came in very strong, Chiefs lost it somewhere.”
Meanwhile, Mngqithi, who is currently out of a job after he was sacked by AmaZulu earlier in the season, says he is hoping to return to coaching in South Africa’s top-flight league, sooner rather than later.
“I’m planning on coming back to the Premiership but I am not the one to really know where I will go but I’m very hopeful that very soon something will come up,” he concluded.