'Title will be bonus'
SUPERSPORT United may have bounced back to challenge for the Absa Premiership title, but they consider Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns hot favourites to clinch it.
United's assistant coach Thomas Madigage said that for them, finishing well inside the top four will be a great achievement.
Matsatsantsa are trailing log leaders and reigning champions Pirates by three points and second placed Sundowns by one point.
United have four matches left in the season, including games against the top two.
First up, however, is an away match against the out-of-sorts Kaizer Chiefs at Soccer City on Saturday night.
Subsequent to that, they will host Pirates at Peter Mokaba Stadium on May 1, before taking on Sundowns at Lucas Moripe Stadium on May 12.
They will wrap up the season with a trip to Botshabelo for a date with Bloemfontein Celtic on May 19.
"After we won the league title for three consecutive seasons, we went through a slump, which happens to the best clubs in the world too," said Madigage.
"We started rebuilding the club by acquiring new players, which explains why we finished seventh on the log last season.
"The team is beginning to gel after we tried various combinations and our main problem was the series of draws we registered.
"It is good to be back in contention, but for us finishing in a top-four position will be a hell of an achievement. It goes to show we are on the way back to glory days."
Madigage said they would not put pressure on the players to win the league because they were still trying to settle in the team.
"If we happen to win the league this season, it will be a bonus. The league is won by the number of points you have, and Pirates and Sundowns have the points, which is why they are above us," he said.
"It will also be suicidal to write off Moroka Swallows."
The Dube Birds are lying fourth on the log with 44 points.
Talking about Saturday's game against Chiefs, Madigage said: "It is unprecedented for Chiefs to lose three successive matches.
"Chiefs will definitely fight like wounded tigers but we will give it our best shot."