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Five matches that could decide Kaizer Chiefs' PSL top-two ambitions

9:06 AM EDT 3/20/22
Khama Billiat of Kaizer Chiefs (c) celebrates goal with teamamte Austin Dube of (r)
Amakhosi have been struggling to secure the top two position in the current league campaign

Kaizer Chiefs are left with 10 Premier Soccer League games before the season concludes.

They are season-defining games that will determine whether the Soweto giants will participate in next season's Caf Champions League.

GOAL takes a look at those games that place Chiefs at risk of not playing continental football next term.

  • Khama Billiat, Happy Mashiane, Keegan Dolly and Nkosingiphile Ngcobo Kaizer Chiefs

    10 games to go, five that stand out

    After losing to Golden Arrows on Saturday, Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter appeared to have resigned to the fact that they will not catch up with log leaders Mamelodi Sundowns.

    The Brazilians are 16 points ahead of the Soweto giants who have played three games fewer.

    With winning the league title seemingly an impossibility, Amakhosi are within a chance to finish second and secure a Caf Champions League berth for next season.

    But they face stiff competition to attain that from teams like Royal AM and Orlando Pirates that are close to them on the log.

    It is yet to be seen if Chiefs will manage to brush off the challenges in their upcoming games.

  • Haashim Domingo Mamelodi Sundowns Kgaogelo Sekgota of Kaizer Chiefs

    Mamelodi Sundowns

    Chiefs host Sundowns on May 8 in what would be their 28th league game this season.

    With Masandawana gunning for a record-extending fifth straight league title, it is a match that could be hard for Amakhosi.

    Chiefs would be hoping to meet a tired Sundowns who are also chasing glory in the Caf Champions League as well as Nedbank Cup.

    The Soweto giants lost 2-0 to the Brazilians in the reverse league fixture in Tswane and it is also Sundowns who eliminated them from the MTN8.

  • Anthony Akumu Agay, Kaizer Chiefs vs SuperSport United, October 2021

    SuperSport United

    Matsatsantsa are a team that has been struggling for consistency this season but they still pose a real danger to Kaizer Chiefs' top-two target.

    SuperSport still have a chance to finish the season on position two and that's the biggest fight in their last eight league games.

    The Tshwane side meet Chiefs on April 16 at FNB Stadium and it was Amakhosi who won the reverse fixture 2-1 in Pretoria last October.

    Five points separate Chiefs and SuperSport who are seventh on the table.

  • Terrence Mashego, Cape Town City & Ramahlwe Mphahlele, Kaizer Chiefs, February 2022

    Cape Town City

    An independent arbitrator ruled that Chiefs and Cape Town City should play after their initial fixture failed to take place in December 2021.

    That was after Chiefs had been hit by Covid-19 in their camp and could not put together a team to honour the fixture.

    City turned up at FNB Stadium but Chiefs couldn't attend.

    Now that match has been ordered to be played at a date to be decided and it is a potential decider for Chiefs' season.

    City are fifth on the standings with just two points fewer than Amakhosi and the two teams met in February and drew 0-0 in Cape Town.

  • Khama Billiat of Kaizer Chiefs shot blocked by Zitha Kwinika of Stellenbosch FC, November 2021

    Stellenbosch FC

    Stellenbosch have been one of the surprise packages this season in this PSL campaign.

    They had a fruitful visit to FNB Stadium last November and they beat Chiefs 1-0.

    Stellies even frustrated Sundowns with a 1-0 win following a 1-1 home draw.

    When Chiefs visit Stellenbosch on April 23, they face a potential upset against a team that has just four points fewer than them.

  • Nkosingiphile Ngcobo, Kaizer Chiefs & Thabo Rakhale, Sekhukhune United, December 2021

    Sekhukhune United

    Sekhukhune have been the league's surprise packages in their maiden PSL campaign.

    They could be sitting on eighth position on the log but have pulled some upsets and are also an unpredictable side.

    Chiefs will visit Sekhukhune on May 14 in what would be their penultimate game of the season.

    Despite Chiefs winning the reverse fixture 2-0 in December, they know Sekhukhune could derail their ambitions to play Champions League football next season.