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Pirates, Wits & Downs – Who Will Take Second?

With Kaizer Chiefs having been crowned Absa Premiership champions on Wednesday evening, second place is still up for grabs and, as it stands, Bidvest Wits, Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns are in contention.

In the league, second place doesn’t mean first losers, it means that whoever finishes behind the champions will gain entry into the CAF Champions League preliminary rounds.

This is something that holds a particularly important meaning to Pirates, who finished as runners-up in 2013, and who are still in the running in this year's CAF Confederation Cup. While for Wits and Sundowns it is something that they need to strive towards in bettering their history in Africa.

In 2001, Sundowns finished as runners-up in the Champions League and they are the only South African team after Pirates to enjoy a good run in the competition. 

Africa does present its own challenges, something which teams don’t tend to enjoy, but it is the only way South African players can improve too.

Second place also means the league pays you out higher than all the other positions, from third place and under, and that is a reward that both Pirates and Wits will be keen on having after failing to win any trophies this campaign - which leaves them with no economic bonuses.

It will no doubt be a tough battle, and with Sundowns adamant not to relinquish their position on the log, Pirates and Wits will have their work cut out for them.

Who do you think will finish in second place – Wits, Sundowns or Pirates?


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