Looking back to February 2014 after defeating SuperSport 1-0 at Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane, Kaizer Chiefs sat pretty-11 point clear- at the top of the PSL table. All praise deservedly went their way with the chorus “catch us if you can” being sung by the ‘Khosination’ masses.
Fast forward to today, Chiefs find themselves 5 points behind log leaders Sundowns with a game in hand. Tonight’s game against Bidvest Wits is a must-win. Anything less than 3 points will see the PSL trophy heading to Tshwane barring a monumental slip-up from Sundowns.
Many issues have contributed to Chiefs’ current position however one of the biggest contributing factors that killed Chiefs this season in my opinion was lack of momentum.
While Sundowns were quietly picking up points consistently in the league, Chiefs found themselves in a stop-start situation due to their participation in the Champions league and the Nedbank Cup fixtures. They found themselves with games in hand in the League and effectively had to play catch-up in the second half of the season.
Much like Pirates who’s league campaign suffered terribly after their crippling Champions League final defeat, Chiefs suffered a similar psychological blow after bowing out of both the Caf Champions League and Confederations Cup in quick succession.
There was no consistent winning edge needed to drive their League campaign forward. Their games in hand proved deceptive as the players failed to muster the strength to run the PSL marathon.
By The Original Mr T