Bounty fit for kings

2015-04-26 15:01

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Ideally, Wednesday’s clash between Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns would have been the championship decider.

But now the Lucas Moripe Stadium battle has been reduced to a tie with a merely academic outcome after Amakhosi wrested the Absa Premiership from Sundowns with three games to spare – but there is still something to play for.

Chiefs need three more points to surpass Sundowns’ record tally of 65 that the Brazilians accumulated last season when they claimed the title.

Chiefs were 19 games unbeaten at the start of the campaign and are now R19.5?million richer – thanks to the MTN8 Cup’s R8?million, the league’s R10?million and R1.5?million for winning the Q-Innovation first quarter.

Coach Stuart Baxter has guided Amakhosi to an unparalleled level of domestic consistency, losing only twice all season.

But if there is a disappointment for Baxter, it is that his side once again failed to impress in the CAF Champions League, where they were dispatched by Moroccan giants Raja Casablanca in the group stages.

Meanwhile, the deposed champions’ coach, Pitso Mosimane, has been gracious in defeat, being the first to congratulate Amakhosi.

“They won more games than us, so they deserve to win it,” he said.

“There are no hard feelings, and congratulations to Chiefs, they won it properly. There’s no problem and it’s good for football,” he said.

However, Mosimane said he was hurting and would come back stronger in the new season.

“They won it the year before. We came to win it last year. They came back to fetch it from Chloorkop and we will go back to Naturena to fetch it. As long as I am alive, I am going to fight all the way. Three years, 10 years – it’s going to be this roller coaster,” he vowed.

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