An unusual scenario played out this season where three South African big guns in Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns wrestled each other out for the Premier Soccer League, but the number has been reduced to just two following Amakhosi's defeat to Chippa United last weekend.
Although Amakhosi coach Steve Komphela insists that they are still in the race, the Brazilians appear likely to walk away with the title with the Buccaneers.
Many have analysed Chiefs’ run for the title and picked up the number of draws as their failure to keep their title hopes alive, they have 39 points from 26 matches.
The Soweto giants are mathematically still in the race based on the number of games remaining despite their failure to win in their previous match which they lost 3-0 to Chippa at home last weekend.
However, speaking to the club’s number one supporter Masilo Machaka, he believes Pitso Mosimane’s men will win the league come end of the season.
“Look, for me, I see Sundowns taking it. I know Pirates are also in the running, but Sundowns will use their experience to win it,” he told Goal.
“I don’t see Chiefs and Pirates keeping up with the pace to topple Sundowns at the top. They have experience to fight when it comes to the final push,” he continued.
“We as Chiefs, had a great chance to challenge and fight, but we let Sundowns run with it,” he lamented.
The outspoken Glamour Boys supporter said there is a lot that has happened at Naturena in the past two seasons and it becomes difficult to point fingers at the coach or the players, preferring to say they have failed as a unit.
However, he said there is still hope that the Nedbank Cup will land at Naturena because that is the only opportunity to revive the club’s cup pedigree.
“There are so many things to mention which may have contributed to our poor run so far in the league,” Machaka said.
“The management, the players and the coach have to equally take the blame. We cannot afford to single out the coach or the players – football is run like a unit,” he noted.
“All I can say is that it pains us as supporters to finish three seasons without a trophy. In fact, a year is too much for us to finish with no silverware,” he expressed.
“I do not condone what happened at the FNB Stadium last weekend, but the supporters have waited for too long and we thought this was a season of deliverance at Kaizer Chiefs,” he explained.
“The frustration was there on the fans and they decided to act on that day. It is wrong I still say it, but these are the people who felt that the players are not doing enough,” he reacted.
“Wearing a Chiefs jersey for a player is the perfect platform to showcase their talents, but some players forget that we are a club that is made of trophies,” he said.
“The guys must just pull up their socks because they have a chance to win the Nedbank, but again they must fight very hard because it will not be easy,” he warned.
“Free State Stars will be a hard nut to crack. We have to prepare like soldiers because you saw in the league, we scored in the last minute, you can see they are a well-coached team and are hungry,” he urged the players.
“We cannot say we beat them in the league and expect an easy match; that will be our downfall – this is our final opportunity and we must make us of it,” he insisted.
Looking at the future, Machaka added that they stand with the management, the players and the coach, but they expect changes in terms of results next season.
“We do not want to tell the management who to sign or release and that also applies with the coach, but all we ask for is wins and trophies,” demands Machaka.
“The Nedbank Cup match will not be easy. We stand by the players and the management as supporters. We pray that the coach finds wisdom and leads the team to glory,” affirmed Machaka.
“The only problem for us is drawing too many games and I cannot say they are bad players - they tried but we want more from them,” lamented the Bafana supporter.
“This is a big club and we cannot be a laughing stock because we fail to win trophies; that must change next season - we want wins from the first match and trophies,” he reflected.
“The coach and the management must get quality players and ensure the club returns to glory days, that is the only way we can remain and return to the top,” he concluded.