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Klate dismisses title chances

The Orlando Pirates midfielder has written off his side's title chances this season.

Orlando Pirates midfielder Daine Klate has ruled out a title charge for his side this season. Picture: Facebook.

JOHANNESBURG - Midfielder Daine Klate on Wednesday ruled Orlando Pirates out of the title race following his team's 1-1 draw with Mpumalanga Black Aces last night.

The draw saw the Buccaneers narrow the gap on log leaders Kaizer Chiefs to 12 points, but with the Amakhosi due to play Ajax tonight, the gap could be extended further.

"It's difficult if you look at it, with Chiefs 12 points better off than us at the moment. For us to get to the top is going to be extremely difficult. Mathematically, we can still reach 60 points if we win all our remaining games, which will be difficult. But we have to face up to the reality of the situation."

Klate blamed his team's mixed form on their long campaign as well as the negative effects of losing three cup finals.

"Everybody is just trying to move on but maybe the fact that we got to three cup finals and didn't win one it is affecting us. Maybe we haven't looked into it enough, checked where we went wrong and why it happened."

Pirates coach Vladimir Vermezovic admits a return to the CAF Champions League in the next two years is one of the targets he has set for the next two seasons.

"What we want is to win the Champions League in 2016 or 2017. But first, we have to get back into the tournament by winning the Premier Soccer League."