PSL title – it’s all to play for

2011-05-07 20:58

 Not yet – and still the champagne ­remains on ice! Ajax Cape Town must wait for the celebration party until their last game of the season against ­Maritzburg United.
 
But failure to beat Maritzburg would open doors for either ­Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates to overtake them at the summit of the log.

This season’s championship will go down to the wire, but the title is still for Ajax to lose as they need a win against United at home on May 21 to wrap it up.

But Chiefs are back in the reckoning after tearing Ajax apart. No one saw it coming – not even Chiefs bosses Kaizer ­Motaung and his son Bobby, who this week seemed to have thrown in the towel on their chances of winning the league after their 2-0 loss to Mamelodi Sundowns last weekend.

It is a three-horse race now with Sundowns completely out of the reckoning. The results of the last games will determine the destination of the title.

Chiefs are now three points behind Ajax and should they win their last game against AmaZulu and the Cape side lose to Maritzburg and Pirates also fail to get maximum points against Golden Arrows, then Amakhosi would be crowned champions by virtue of a better goal difference.

A lot depended on this game’s result and what could have happened, didn’t materialise. Chiefs did what they were required to do but the other two contenders – Pirates and Sundowns – did not come to the party.

Without a doubt, Pirates were the biggest losers after squandering a chance to return to the top of the log when they drew 1-1 with Santos. A win for ­Pirates would have taken them them back to pole position.

Back to Polokwane, Chiefs swept Ajax aside, courtesy of a Siphiwe Tshabalala brace with Knowledge Musona and Reneilwe Letsholonyane also scoring.

If Chiefs had dished up the same kind of performance like the one here yesterday, they would have been champions long time ago.

Ajax were no match for Chiefs, who could have increased the tally had they not squandered their second half chances.

The Urban Warriors’ defence was in disarray from the beginning as they gave Chiefs room to attack.

They missed injured ­Granwald Scott in the midfield where Chiefs were in control.

Although it took Chiefs some time to open the scoring, ­Letsholonyane’s 22nd minute goal opened the floodgates.

Tshabalala and Musona justified their selection in the starting berth when they also scored in the 33rd and 42nd minutes respectively.

Musona is goal away from claiming the R150 000 top scorer’s award.

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