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Chiefs desperate for Top 8 finish

Publishing Date : 15 May, 2018


For countless time this season, Mochudi Centre Chiefs have appeared irredeemable. Their title defence has of course fizzled out since 3 years ago but points had frittered before the onset of the season as the campaign degenerated into a hopeless pursuit of Top 8 qualification.

But in the final week, Magosi as they are called by the legions of their supporters, have a chance and are on the Top 8’s shoulder once again. In the last 2 games, they have remarkably won an away game against Sankoyo Bush Bucks before salvaging a draw against premier league rookies Sharps Shooting Stars.

Second assistant coach Pontsho Moloi said he was more than happy with a draw given last week‘s circumstances that saw the entire Chiefs squad abstaining from training. Despite Moloi’s admission that his 2 all draw with Sharps was indeed a remarkable result, Magosi still has a mountain to climb if they are to secure a respectable position in the log. “To be honest with you, I am happy with a point, remember we did not train the entire week, we did not prepare at all,” he said.

However, in reality, Chiefs were bleeding for the two points they lost. They squandered a win in the dying minutes, and now, for the first time in the 7 year history of the tournament, Chiefs’ fate of the Mascom Top 8 is not in their hands. The team occupies the 9th spot on the log with 36 points, two behind Mmankgodi’s Black Forest.

On one hand, Chiefs diehard followers conceded the Premier League title had slipped away even before the league itself started. Chiefs knew too well that to fight against moneyed teams for the title was almost an impossible mission. Without good players, good salaries and in fact without literally a team, Chiefs never imagined that they would be the biggest losers come season end.

That quest had taken a detour with the lamentable defeat to rivals Township Rollers and a damaging one against GU that left Moloi literally crying. In essence, Magosi has failed to beat all the teams in the Top 8 bracket. This proved that Moloi’s team lacks big game character to fight for their survival.

However, the team might have left off it too late.  Even after staging impressive results in the last two games, it appears that this cannot comfort Chiefs followers as it should when the Kgatleng giants failures against the lesser lights were (and are) becoming routine. The Chiefs coach invited scorn before the Sharps game by revealing he dreamt of ending his first full season in football with a couple of consecutive league wins.

What he would never say is that his players must share responsibility for a title challenge fading into a desperate fight for a Top 8 finish within several weeks. The thought, and perhaps the conclusion, will not have escaped him despite his decision to tweak a squad laden with defensive midfielders.



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