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Matthews not expecting PSL title any time soon

Stanley Matthews admits that it will be difficult for a "small club" like SuperSport United to win the Premier Soccer League title again soon.

Matsatsantsa have won three Premierships in their short time in existence, having been formed in 1994.

They last won the PSL in 2010 but followed that up with a seventh-placed finish the following season. While they ended third in 2012, the highest SuperSport have finished since then is ending the 2016/17 campaign in fifth.

It was under the stewardship of Gavin Hunt that the club were so successful, with the former SuperSport boss having since won the PSL with Bidvest Wits.

Speaking to IOL, the CEO said: "It's been long since we've won the league but we are a small club. It is going to be even a longer time.

"The league requires a squad of players that can go 30 games. If we pull it off again, it will be more as Leicester City did than as a Manchester City. We are realistic about that."

He added: "We all dream of winning the league but from the 16 of us that start the season, I can say that there's 10 of us that say, 'no, we are not going to win the league'. We can have it in our heart but if we set it as an expectation, it will hurt us.

"We always want to set realistic targets for ourselves. If we achieve them, great, but you can’t saddle people with something that’s a bridge too far.

"We don’t have the resources to compete for 30 games. If we do it, we will be doing it incrementally by assembling a group of young, talented players. The way the likes of Real Madrid or Manchester City do it is never going to happen at SuperSport. Not at this time."

SuperSport entered the enforced break as a result of the coronavirus in third place on the PSL standings, eight points from leader Kaizer Chiefs.

"If we can be in the top four, that’s still a target for these remaining six games," Matthews said. "Kaitano (Tembo) knows he can be the first coach since (Hunt) to put us in the top four - that will be a good benchmark for him and the team and then we can say we are one of those six teams with an outside chance and dream. What is realistic is top four or top five and challenging for cups, which we've done."

SuperSport have more recently won a number of cups, including the Nedbank Cup in 2015/16 and 2016/17 as well as the Telkom Knockout in 2014 and the MTN8 in 2017 and 2019.