Chiefs have it in the bag

2015-04-19 15:00

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Nothing will hurt Pitso Mosimane more, or be more embarrassing for him, than giving rivals Kaizer Chiefs a guard of honour when they meet in a potential dead rubber next week – especially in front of Mamelodi Sundowns supporters.

Win or lose to Polokwane City, Chiefs could become the Premier Soccer League (PSL) champions on Wednesday. That is if Sundowns fail to beat Platinum Stars. Then Chiefs will go to Lucas Moripe Stadium a week later as holders of the Absa Premiership title.

With 13 points separating the two teams, it will take something for Amakhosi to lose the league race. They will have to lose the four matches they have left.

Sundowns, meantime, need to win all their remaining six games, including the one against Chiefs.

History has recorded that in 1987, Chiefs needed one point from four games to be champions. They failed and Jomo Cosmos won the title.

Chiefs allowed Sundowns back in contention last season, but they are unlikely to do so again. They require only three points from four matches to secure this year’s league title.

If the Brazilians go on to win their remaining five matches, they will end the season on 62 points. Chiefs – who have 60 points – need only three more to put the title beyond the reach of their rivals.

However, Chiefs midfielder Siphiwe Tshabalala said the team wanted to ensure they had the points before they started celebrating. Tshabalala scored Chiefs’ solitary goal against the University of Pretoria on Tuesday, a goal that took them a step closer to their fourth league title.

“It’s not over yet,” said the 30-year-old player ahead of their potential championship decider against Polokwane City on Wednesday.

“We know we will be under pressure to deliver, but we know how to.”

Tshabalala urged supporters to come in their numbers when Chiefs host City at FNB.

Did you know?

In 1987, Chiefs went into their last four games with just two losses, needing only one point to win the title. They lost all and finished second to Jomo Cosmos.

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