Catch Amakhosi if you can

2014-12-06 23:00

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Chiefs on cloud nine as they claim their 11th win in the league

At the rate Kaizer Chiefs are going, it will not be surprising if bookmakers started to pay out their customers who are betting that Amakhosi will run away with the league title this season.

It’s still a bit early to call – we are just 14 games into the season, with 16 to go – but Chiefs have put themselves in a comfortable position to clinch the Absa Premiership.

Orlando Pirates became Chiefs’ latest victims yesterday after second-half goals from man of the match Siphiwe Tshabalala and substitute Siphelele Mthembu took the match home.

Even the load shedding that has affected most parts of the country could not stop Chiefs as they surged to their 11th win yesterday.

Before this game, 13 teams had failed to stop Chiefs this season, and Amakhosi are now sitting pretty at the top of the log. There is one more game left in the first round – against Chippa United – which many believe Chiefs will take to the bank.

As for Pirates, there will be questions asked about whether the problem lies with former coach Vladimir Vermezovic, who left the team on Wednesday, or with the team.

Losing back-to-back games will ring alarm bells for a side hoping to challenge for the league title, but instead find themselves lagging behind.

After losing to Maritzburg United in the middle of the week, many expected Pirates to come out with guns blazing, but their attack left much to be desired.

Although they played much better football – the game is about results and not just good performances – there is still a lot to be done.

Caretaker coach Eric Tinkler has a lot to ponder as he faces yet another big challenge on Wednesday, when defending champions Mamelodi Sundowns pay a visit to the Orlando Stadium.

If his team dish out the same kind of performance they did yesterday, they might get something out of the game, but Pirates will have to be more clinical in front of the goalposts.

As for Chiefs, they need to forget about yesterday’s result and look to their clash against Platinum Stars on Tuesday. Stars beat Chiefs in the Telkom Knockout.

Despite going to recess without goals, this was a good game of football and supporters would have left the venue a happy lot after the teams came to the party.

The two were initially cautious in their approach, but once they got going, they dished out good performances.

It was not surprising that the scoreboard was still asking for some action at half-time as both sides did not do enough to warrant goals. Pirates began life after Vermezovic brightly – they were the better side of the half, but still could not unlock Chiefs’ defence.

The case was the same at the other end as Chiefs also failed to come to the party – their attack lacked the killer instinct they showed against Bidvest Wits on Wednesday.

It took Chiefs almost the entire half to produce a decent attack, and that came when Rooi Mahamutsa’s untimely header nearly gave Amakhosi the lead, but deflected for a corner – Chiefs’ first corner of the match. Earlier on, Kingston Nkhatha’s header missed the target.

The second half was different, and Tshabalala put Chiefs ahead in the 51st minute, making Pirates the chasers. Mthembu put the final goal in during the referee’s optional time.

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