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A strong Kaizer Chiefs‚ Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns will mean a strong Bafana Bafana‚ says Chiefs coach Steve Komphela.

SA’s big three clubs currently occupy the top three positions in the Absa Premiership.

Of the three‚ however‚ Mamelodi Sundowns are by far the most convincing at the top with 25 points from 12 games.

That gives Sundowns a five-point lead over second-placed Orlando Pirates and six over third-placed Kaizer Chiefs.

The Brazilians also have the advantage of having two games in hand over six of the teams below them except fourth-placed Bloemfontein Celtic (19 points from 12 games).

Komphela‚ a Bafana captain and defender under coach Clive Barker in the early 1990s‚ said a healthy big three usually transferred to the national team.

"In the past‚ when you had a strong Bafana Bafana‚ you would have maybe a Steve Komphela as one from Free State Stars‚" he said.

"But the rest of the players who came into the national team from 1992‚ when we started building the team‚ came from Mamelodi Sundowns‚ Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates. There would be the exception of a Roger Links from wherever.

"If you have your top teams in the country doing well it is definitely going to rub off on the national team because they are used to different pressures. The pressure at Chiefs is different from the pressure at another team below them," he said.

"Teams who are on top of the log most of the time are playing in continental competitions‚ so that international experience and exposure helps the players. Those competitions help your national team."