Dear Kaizer Chiefs fans: Hold off the celebrations

2014-11-22 22:49

If there’s one thing I learnt from the year 2012, it’s to never count my chickens until they are hatched. It may seem cliché, but Manchester City snatching the title from my beloved United in what was the last second of the 2011/12 English Premier League season gave me numerous sleepless nights. To put it into perspective, United had been 12 points ahead with only a handful of games remaining.

Now let us bring it closer to home. It is amazing that some South African football (or soccer) fans are so prone to what is, in some circles, called premature ejaculation. Excuse my bluntness. In layman’s terms, premature ejaculation occurs when one celebrates before crossing the finish line. In this case, winning the title. Recall how Chiefs lead the title race for long periods before succumbing to a resurgent Mamelodi Sundowns in the 2013/14 Premier Soccer League season.

What makes it more disheartening are the memes that made the rounds on social media proclaiming the greatness of the would-be champions, Chiefs. From the tried and tested “PSL title loading: 90% complete” to the bolder “you can’t stop the Chiefs train.” It was an exciting time for the Amakhosi faithful.

A series of bad results allowed Sundowns to gradually gnaw at Chiefs’ lead. Quite predictably, Sundowns went into their April 5th encounter against Chiefs with hopes of going level on points. A Teko Modise strike gave Downs a 1-0 victory to essentially turn the remaining matches into cup finals. The arrogance, nay, swag of Chiefs fans had faded. They were now up against it. The banter from Orlando Pirates fans, who had been out of the title race way before the league had started, did not help.

It would be expected that after such a traumatic experience, Chiefs fans would have learnt a valuable lesson. But alas, they have returned to their old ways. It is acceptable to rejoice as your team collects 3 points match after match, but it should be done with utmost caution. In your #ForeverFearless quest for glory, the past should serve as a reminder that the league is a marathon rather than a sprint.

Regards

Concerned Chiefs fan

Rebuttals can be tweeted @uncle_uhuru

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