Moroka Swallows have a tricky encounter on Sunday at the Kings Park Stadium in Durban against mid-table Golden Arrows in a Castle Premiership encounter.
Swallows' Zimbabwean international midfielder Edzai Kasinauyo believes that the Birds are still in the title race, albeit it a very outside one.
"We will not play Arrows as just another game, we have the championship which is still technically open to us and even if the odds are against us, we have to qualify for the African club competitions," said the left footed player.
He said the Birds have not been able to play consistent football week in and week out but Gavin Hunt have been working with the players on that.
"We have let ourselves down because our performances have not been consistent and that have led to us losing valuable points when we needed them most," he added.
Kasinauyo said Arrows have some very good players like Mabhuti Khanyeza and Harry Milanzi, who are amoung the deadliest finishers in the country.
"We are going to try and stop these two strikers from having possession because they are likely to score when they get hold of the ball," said the midfielder.
Swallows have been struggling for the whole season away from home and with their aspirations to play in the continental tournament, they will have to prove that they can win away from home in their own country before thinking about playing in Africa.
Arrows needs to consolidate their position on the table so that they stay on course to finish in the top eight in order to qualify for the lucrative SAA Supa 8 competition.
The match will start at 15:45 at the Kings Park Stadium.