KAIZER Chiefs’ season culminated in a clumsy performance against SuperSport United last night. But the 1-1 draw will not bother Amakhosi much, as it was enough to bring the glory days back. They celebrated their first league title in eight years.
As expected, the opening minutes were challenging for the Chiefs team as they battled to contain their nerves in front of the more than 32000 supporters who turned out to see them lift their first Premier League title since 2005.
And what could have been the winning goal, scored by striker Lehlohonolo Majoro in the 49th minute, summed up just how lethal Chiefs have been in front of goal this season.
But Sibusiso Zuma spoiled the fun and got the equaliser for SuperSport in the 88th minute.
Chiefs are finally champions after a long wait, especially having made heavy weather of sealing the championship as early as April 30 when they faced Platinum Stars at this venue.
With coach Stuart Baxter suspended for this defining clash after being sent off in a Nedbank Cup fixture almost two weeks ago, club great Doctor Khumalo took charge in his absence.
There were plenty of reasons why Khumalo – as well as Baxter, who was watching from the stands – should have been frustrated and jittery.
Before breaking the deadlock, Majoro had two shots in the first half saved by SuperSport goalkeeper Ronwen Williams. The forward, who registered his ninth league goal of the season, could have also made the opposition pay for a defensive blunder two minutes after the break, but shot horribly wide.
What was inspiring for Amakhosi last night was seeing Itumeleng Khune at his best despite the late goal from Zuma. The Bafana Bafana goalkeeper got busy in the second half after being untested during the opening 45 minutes.
Chiefs have won the title, but they will be disappointed that they did so having gone through an incredible slump.
They have registered only a single victory in six matches, managing only to beat rivals Moroka Swallows in Dobsonville, while drawing the rest.
ýOrlando Pirates added to Black Leopards’ relegation woes by humiliating the Limpopo side 4-1 in a one-sided Premier League match in Soweto last night, reports Ramatsiyi Moholoa.
Despite the convincing victory, Pirates remain third on the log with 52 points from 29 games, one point behind secondplaced Platinum Stars.
As for Leopards, they must beat Free State Stars on Saturday and hope Chippa United lose to AmaZulu to avoid automatic relegation to the National First Division.
Leopards took an early lead with a fourth-minute goal by Rodney Ramagalela.
Bucs replied through Tlou Segolela, who levelled matters four minutes later, with Ndumiso Mabena (2) and Oupa Manyisa completing the scoresheet.