Deon Hotto, an Orlando Pirates winger, issues a warning to Masandawana.

 Deon Hotto, an Orlando Pirates winger, issues a warning to Masandawana.

Deon Hotto, an Orlando Pirates winger, issues a warning to Masandawana.

Despite the fact that his Orlando Pirates co-coach Mandla Ncikazi feels Mamelodi Sundowns have already won the DStv Premiership, winger Deon Hotto believes Bucs are still in contention.

Hotto stated that the title race is far from over ahead of tonight’s match against Golden Arrows at Orlando Stadium.

Despite the fact that the Brazilians (48 points) have a large 18-point lead in the rankings, Hotto insists that the champions of the 2021/22 league title are still far from being decided.

Pirates are not only hoping to win the league, but also the Nedbank Cup, according to Hotto. After defeating in the round of 32, the Buccaneers have advanced to the competition’s last-16 round. In the following round, they’ll face Marumo Gallants.

“No, no, no, it’s not finished till it’s done,” says the narrator. You must have faith. But, when it comes to the Nedbank Cup, we want to go all out and win it. It (the league) is not yet assured. Yes, absolutely (we have a chance). We need to believe in ourselves. “It (the lead Downs) looks unstoppable until it is unstoppable,” the Namibian international explained.

“We haven’t lost faith yet.” It’ll be difficult to get 17 points (now 18 after Sundowns drew 1-1 with Baroka on Tuesday), but we’ll see in the end.”

Pirates will enter the match against the KwaZulu-Natal club with two wins under their belts, one over Usuthu and the other a 2-0 success over Algerian side JS Saoura in their Caf Confederation Cup opener.

Arrows, on the other hand, are in 10th place on the log with 21 points from 16 games after being ousted from the Ke Yona Cup on penalties by Tshakuma Tsha Madzivhandila.

Abafana Be’Sthende will try to put their cup misfortunes behind them and concentrate on rising the league standings.

The two teams previously met in November of last year, with both games concluding in a goalless draw.

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