Can Chiefs be stopped?

2014-02-23 06:00

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Going undefeated in 11 games is no mean feat and it means Chiefs are the odds-on favourites to retain the Absa Premiership title.

Amakhosi are nine points ahead of second-placed Mamelodi Sundowns with 11 games to go and those who are trailing should be worried that Chiefs are fast rolling towards the title they won last season.

Not only are Chiefs on top of the log, their striker Bernard Parker is also leading the goalscoring charts with 10 goals.

After being pipped to the post by Katlego Mashego – who was then with Moroka Swallows – in last season’s contest, Parker will be set on making sure other players don’t catch him.

The 27-year-old striker is three goals ahead of Sundowns striker Mashego and his Chiefs team-mate, Knowledge Musona, is third on six goals.

Pressure is on Sundowns and the rest to halt Chiefs’ march towards their fourth league title since 1996.

They will be hoping that Chiefs’ participation in the CAF Champions League will distract them, but having points in the bag is far better than games in hand.

Chiefs host Liga Muculmana next weekend in Durban and will travel to Mozambique a week later for the second leg.

Amakhosi’s absence from the domestic programme would give other contenders a chance to close the gap, provided they win their matches.

The next five games could determine the destination of this season’s title.

Sundowns have a tricky outing, playing three away at Bidvest Wits, AmaZulu and Platinum Stars, and host Orlando Pirates and Polokwane City.

Chiefs on the other hand have Golden Arrows, Pirates, Platinum Stars, Ajax and Wits to contend with.

But it is not just a two-horse race as Wits and SuperSport United are also still in with a chance.

For now, it is Amakhosi who are calling the shots at the top.

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