Chiefs or Sundowns? Absa Premiership is still up for grabs

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Themba Zwane of Mamelodi Sundowns challenges Reeve Frosler of Kaizer Chiefs during their Absa Premiership match. Picture: Muzi Ntombela/Gallo Images/BackpagePix
Themba Zwane of Mamelodi Sundowns challenges Reeve Frosler of Kaizer Chiefs during their Absa Premiership match. Picture: Muzi Ntombela/Gallo Images/BackpagePix

It is not clear who wants it more: The Absa Premiership championship is still up for grabs after two contenders – Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns – lost their matches on Sunday.

On a drama-filled day, Sundowns missed a golden opportunity to go to the top of the Absa Premiership log when they dropped valuable three points against relegation-threatened Baroka FC.

Having the advantage of playing after the Chiefs game and knowing that Amakhosi had lost to Bidvest Wits, the Brazilians failed to capitalise and went 1-0 down to the Limpopo side.

In fact, Sundowns were temporarily on top of the table for about 20 minutes before Ananias Gerbhardt’s headed goal in the 20th minute separated the two sides. The results meant Sundowns remained in second spot while Baroka moved up to 13th, three points above the drop zone.

Both sides – Chiefs and Sundowns – are tied on 53 points with two games to go.

Read: Chiefs and Sundowns leave fans guessing in final sprint for title  

Wits’ victory took them to third on the table – four points behind both Sundowns and Chiefs.

Chiefs’ supporters had already given up and were calling for coach Ernst Middendorp’s head after their title chances took a knock following a 1-0 loss through an Eva Nga 94th-minute winner.

The goal came against the run of play after they had squandered numerous goal-scoring opportunities.

After blowing their chances, Sundowns will also need to beat Polokwane City and Black Leopards on Wednesday and Saturday, respectively, and hope and pray for Chiefs to drop points

This was Chiefs’ third loss in four matches – and second successive one – meaning they had dropped 13 points since the resumption of the campaign. They have won only one in six matches – losing three and drawing two.

With two more rounds left, they cannot afford to lose any of their remaining matches against Chippa United on Wednesday and Baroka on Saturday.

After blowing their chances, Sundowns will also need to beat Polokwane City and Black Leopards on Wednesday and Saturday, respectively, and hope and pray for Chiefs to drop points.

It won’t be easy for Sundowns as the two Limpopo sides are fighting for their lives as they want to avoid the drop to the GladAfrica Championship.

Read: Swallows fly back to the big league

The title race will surely go down to the wire.


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