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Dumitru backing Chiefs for title 01/05/05
Kaizer Chiefs coach Ted Dumitru believes his team are in poll position to defend their Premier Soccer League title this season.

The Romanian watched on as his side played out to a 1-1 draw with log leaders Orlando Pirates in the Sowetan derby on Saturday - a result which left them three points behind Bucs, but with a game in hand.

Asked whether he was confident of adding more silverware to the Amakhosi trophy cabinet, Dumitru said: "I still think we're hot for this title race."

However, he feels his side could have gained a crucial advantage had referee Jerome Damon dismissed Pirates left-back Muamba Musasa for a second bookable offence.

"I think we would have been much better playing without the referee," Dumitru added. "Its another occasion when the referees spoiled the game."

Pirates coach Kosta Papic was calmer in his assessment of the game, and believes the result went a long way to restore confidence after a poor run of form.

"I hope to see more of these derbies," he said. "I'm proud to have participated in this game today. But the league is more important than just one game.

"Today we played our system, our game. What I want to say is that we haven't forgotten how to play football, we still want to win this league."

Pirates will conclude their league campaign with games against Ajax, Wits and Bush Bucks, while Chiefs are up against Moroka Swallows, Bush Bucks, SuperSport and Celtic.

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