ORLANDO Pirates will need other teams to do them a favour and stop SuperSport United's relentless run if they are going to win the league.
This frank admission was made by striker Katlego Mashego ahead of their game against Lamontville Golden Arrows at Orlando Stadium tomorrow at 6pm.
The Buccaneers' impressive start to the campaign has become a distant memory after yet another disappointing result against tail-enders Jomo Cosmos in midweek.
Ezenkosi pipped them 1-0 and Mashego says Pirates now have to knuckle down and hope other clubs stop the league champions.
"The guys are fine although we are all disappointed to have lost to Cosmos. We are going to keep fighting but realistically, it is going to be difficult for us to win the league and we'll need other clubs to do us a favour," Mashego said.
"It is not like we do not have the belief that we can win it, but looking at it realistically it is going to be quite a challenge."
He also came to the defence of teammate Teko Modise, who has been criticised by fans after some lacklustre displays.
"In football, everyone is entitled to their own opinions but you don't become a bad player overnight. It comes with the territory that if you are not doing well, people start talking."
Arrows must smell blood. Their morale will have been boosted by their win over Aces and the visitors will want to take advantage of Bucs's vulnerability.
Ntlantla Zothwane and Richard Henyekane will keep the Bucs rearguard on their toes.