Kaizer Chiefs moved level with points with league leaders Cape Town City with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Chippa United at the Mbombela Stadium on Saturday. George Lebese grabbed a late winner and Bafana fullback Ramahlwe Mphahlele turned in a man-of-the match performance against a team that had whipped them 3-1 in December.
Chiefs have now won three league encounters on the trot after a series of draws and appear to be peaking at the right moment. There is a palpable air of positivity coming out of the Chiefs camp and they have made it clear that they are willing to fight for honours.
“Our technical team are working hard to help us with a positive mind-set. When we were experiencing a slump, we always knew that we would bounce back. We have a good squad and personnel to fight for honours,” said Mphahlele.
In order for Chiefs to claim a fifth PSL title, which they last won in 2014/15, they would need to keep winning, while hoping that Cape Town City, Bidvest Wits and Mamelodi Sundowns – all three have games in hand – drop points in the home stretch of the season. Points in the bag are better than games in hand, however, and there are no guaranteed wins – you only have to look as far as Orlando Pirates languishing in ninth position on the log just six points off the drop zone to get an indication of how competitive the league is.
Chiefs’ next assignment is a tricky Nedbank Cup quarter-final clash against holders SuperSport United on Saturday evening and Steve Komphela’s men will then tackle Cape Town City in a massive top-of-the-table encounter on 25 April. Chiefs’ final game of the season against Wits on 28 May could well be a title decider.
It may be early days, but dare Amakhosi fans begin dreaming of a rare league and cup double? As Komphela recently stated, channeling Sir Alex Ferguson, it is “squeaky bum time” and every game is a cup final.