Three is the magic number for Mamelodi Sundowns.
Their “Three Wise Men” are just three points from the PSL title.
And should they beat SuperSport United in their next league match, they will have reached that target with three games to spare.
I haven’t really spoken about Sundowns since the club decided to replace Pitso Mosimane with Manqoba Mnqgithi, Rulani Mokwena and Steve Komphela at the start of the season.
At the time, I thought it was a ridiculous call to have a three-man coaching team of some of the biggest names in Mzansi in charge.
They are all head coaches in their own right and having them share the duties seemed destined to fail. I just couldn’t see the dynamic working.
But they have proved me wrong even though I don’t think I was the only one thinking that too many cooks would spoil the broth.
They didn’t sweep the board as expected, however, with Orlando Pirates winning the MTN8 and Tshakhuma stunning the SA game by winning the Nedbank Cup.
There was no trophy for each coach, as I joked back then.
However, dominating the domestic game was expected of them.
And until Benni McCarthy popped up unexpectedly at AmaZulu, Downs weren’t made to sweat for the league title.
But this weekend the Brazilians face a proper test, when they face the man they were tapped to replace – Bra Jingles.
It’s a heavyweight Caf Champions League quarterfinal clash when Downs take on Pitso’s Al Ahly in Cairo for the first leg.
And I’ve got the feeling they can get the better of him.
Mosimane is on the back foot and under pressure with his team four points behind bitter rivals Zamalek after Monday’s 1-1 league draw – the former Bafana Bafana coach is feeling the heat.
Add to that a “hate speech” fine from the Egyptian FA for rekking his bek on the fixture schedule, Pitso is there for the taking.
Downs owner Patrice Motsepe will be hoping that’s the case with another continental title up for grabs. But you can never discount Mosimane.
I’ll watching with interest to see if former assistants Mnqgithi and Mokoena have learned enough to beat the master.