Matthews: Will be tough for anyone to catch Chiefs

SuperSport United CEO Stan Matthews admits it would take a gargantuan effort to knock Kaizer Chiefs off top spot in the Absa Premiership.

Amakhosi enjoy a 10-point lead over SuperSport and Mamelodi Sundowns at the top of the standings, and with half the season almost gone Matthews knows it will be tough to close the gap.

"It is going to be difficult for any team to catch-up with Chiefs. It will take a hell of a good run for anyone to topple them on top of the log. SuperSport will need to go on the run of five wins in a row and hope that Chiefs slip," Matthews told Independent Media.

"I'll be surprised if they don't go into the market to beef up their squad that they can push even harder in the second round."

Even though Matsatsantsa are currently level on points with Sundowns, Matthews believes Pitso Mosimane's charges are the only realistic challengers for the title.

"Sundowns are capable [of dethroning Chiefs], but for me, I think, it will be Chiefs, Sundowns in the top two. We have to fight Bidvest Wits for the third spot in the league," Matthews added.

"Our target and that is not a mandate, is to finish in the top four, we have not done so since 2012. What I told Kaitano (Tembo) is that we should go for 50 points. We haven't done that since 2012.

"Right now we are on track although I believe that we are six or nine points short. Against Chiefs, we missed a last-minute penalty that was going to give us three points. We drew against Lamontville Golden Arrows, Black Leopards and Stellenbosch FC at home.

"That is eight points dropped. If we had collected those points we would have been in a better position in the league."