With five consecutive trophies, it’s no surprise Mamelodi Sundowns are being referred to as the early DStv Premiership title favourites.

But co-coach Manqoba Mngqithi argues that if the competition locally is tougher, then this works in their favour when playing the CAF Champions League. The race to win the league shouldn’t be obvious, he said.

Downs are away to Cape Town City, last season’s runners-up, in their opening match on Friday – and games between the two sides are often a tight affair.

“Our first match is a tough one in Cape Town against Cape Town City and we know it is not going to be easy”.

“They gave us tough time last season, we played two draws and we know very well what they are capable of but we have a bigger responsibility the expectations are even higher for people so we have a responsibility to try and do the best we can” said Mngqithi.

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In his forecast for the 2022/23 campaign, Mngqithi suggests Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates could benefit from not being part of the CAF interclub tournaments, which comes with a demanding fixture schedule.

But it’s not just Amakhosi and the Buccaneers that could challenge, with Mngqithi highlighting the changes and recruitments at some of the other clubs.

Mngqithi adds that in the past Downs have been beneficiaries of results elsewhere in order to be crowned champions.

“Because Sundowns has won it five times in a raw, it’s easy for people to think its easy for us to win it but believe me many time these teams also help us because they beat each other because everybody is competitive in South Africa”.

“The season we won the league the last season when Coach Pitso was still around we were held by Baroka which was somewhere down there in the league that is what happens with the PSL you saw how TS Galaxy came last season, I can tell you they are going to be another force this season so it make a competition more interesting” he concluded.

By: Mazola Molefe

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