The Kaizer Chiefs are unlikely to win a trophy for the seventh straight season, but they will have the pleasure of a domestic league double at Orlando Pirates to look back on.
These are times when the Soweto giants seem destined to feed on leftovers like neighborhood scoops for an extended period of time, while Mamelodi Sundowns feast on the main meal (the league title) time and time again.
The Tshwane giants suffered a rare defeat this weekend as Chiefs defeated Pirates 2-1, and Stuart Baxter’s attempts to negotiate a title race are likely the way forward for the Amakhosi mentor, as long as his side has a mathematical chance. has sunsets to catch.
Fighting aside, though, the reality is that Sundowns has probably already worked their way to a fifth straight Premiership crown, and if Chiefs get six points for the two games they refused to attend in December, then even Baxter should have to. admit that the conversation is well and truly over. At least in Chiefs terms it is.
As it stands, Royal AM is actually Sundowns’ biggest challenger in the title race, a tribute to their achievements this season, no matter how showy their owners’ behavior may be at times.
If all the talk, as well as the actual evidence on the field, about throwing money at the problem in the form of player bonuses is true, it certainly seems to work as the team leads both Chiefs and Pirates in the table.
With two games in hand at Sundowns and 15 points behind, could the Premiership novices launch a surprising late tilt at Masandawana’s crown?
Again, the answer in all likelihood is definitely not, but both Chiefs and Royal AM have more hope than Pirates, whose only consolation is that they’re still in two cups – the Café Confederation Cup and Nedbank Cup – and might as well qualify. concentrate their efforts there.
It would be an honor for Mandla Ncikazi and Fadlu Davids if they can win the Nedbank Cup and come up with a good run in the knockout stage of the Café Confederation Cup, but it’s no honor for them at all that they don’t have any form of a challenge for Sundowns, given the significant investment in the Pirates squad.
Another loss to Chiefs on Saturday would likely have infuriated Pirates fans at the stadium, had fans been allowed into the stadium. Davids and Ncikazi may be relieved not to be subjected to such pressure at this point.
Baxter has had his problems this season but his team is much better off on the table than last season under Gavin Hunt, although the current Chiefs coach has been able to throw himself into the transfer market to bolster his squad, a luxury he cannot afford to afford. to hunt.
Chiefs have nothing to back them up with this season other than a title push, so maybe that’s also why Baxter is so vocal about it.
In a way, it’s win-win for Amakhosi’s mentor. No one really expects Chiefs to do it, Baxter almost certainly looks set to stay next season, and if he does it will be a Premiership miracle of our time.