Santos are the dark horses as race hots up

It is crunch time in the Absa Premiership, with the focus on who will walk away with the whopping R10 million first prize.

It is crunch time in the Absa Premiership, with the focus on who will walk away with the whopping R10 million first prize.

Cape Town-based Santos have emerged as the dark horses to scoop the lucrative prize, thanks to the arrival of former Botswana soldier Major David Bright at the beginning of the year.

Bright, who took over the People's Team when they were relegation candidates, has turned the side's fortunes around and Santos stand a chance of winning the league championship if they are not checked.

Since he took over, they have gone eight games without defeat and are now also contenders for the lucrative R6 million from the Nedbank Cup.

I like the way he goes about his business, and again Bright is a man of his word. He is a straight-forward talker and never minces his words. And he gets things done.

He is a rare breed because, as South Africans, we never consider Batswana to be serious coaches, but Bright has turned Santos into the silent slayer in the elite league.

Although the South Africans' slogan, as far as the game of football goes, seems to be local is lekker, that saying appears to be a myth as far as Bright's promising achievements at Santos are concerned.

It goes without saying that Bright is highly committed to the game and knows what he is doing. Another coach who is doing well is Gavin Hunt, who has also turned the fortunes of SuperSport United around.

The side is now leading the league log and stand a chance of romping home with the honours at the end of the season.

It seems that after they were bundled out of the Nedbank Cup, Hunt and his team had enough time to concentrate on the league championship.

But teams such as Ajax Cape Town, who once led the league log for a while, are now uncomfortable because they are now losing the grip on the log. They were overtaken by United and it is likely that they may not catch up with Matsatsantsa a Pitori.

The Urban Warriors are now under severe pressure and coach Craig Rosslee has to wave the magic wand to ensure that the youthful side stay the course.

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