This Kaizer Chiefs supporters chant - which means
"Chiefs are happy" - will reverberate through the festive season right
through to the New Year.
This after their beloved club gave them a lovely
Christmas present by closing the year with a 1-0 win over Mpumalanga Black Aces
at the FNB Stadium on Saturday.
The victory must have been made sweeter by two things.
One, it ensured that Chiefs close the year - the next
Absa Premiership fixtures will be on February 10 after the Africa Cup of
Nations (AFCON) - without losing a single league
match this season.
Secondly, the victory was sweet revenge as Aces were
one of the reasons Amakhosi narrowly missed out on the league title last season
after beating them at the same venue.
This result saw Chiefs maintain their log leadership
over Mamelodi Sundowns and Bidvest Wits by a 15-point margin.
This after Sundowns came back from a goal down to
beat other former title-contenders Ajax
Cape Town 2-1 and Bidvest Wits were held to a goalless draw by the University of
Bitter rivals, Orlando Pirates also beat Bloemfontein
Celtic 2-1 to go fourth on the table, but still 20 points behind Chiefs.
this has created an interesting scenario going into the season break.
But there are still a number of questions, such as: Who will
stop the Chiefs train?
What effect will this long break have on the club's
form? Will it destabilise them or will it favour some?
If so, will this favour Chiefs or will it give momentum to the chasing pack?
Another tough battle that will ensue will be at the
bottom of the table where clubs will be fighting to fend off the dreaded
Gordon Igesund's SuperSport United finds themselves in an
unfashionable 11th position with 19 points followed by AmaTuks in 12th and Moroka
Swallows in 13th with the same number of
The bottom three is made up of Free State Stars (18
points), Platinum Stars (17) and AmaZulu (9).
Usuthu have been propping up the table since the
beginning of the season. They have even fired coach Craig Roslee and replaced
him with Steve Barker.
The latter registered a win in his first outing, but
ended the year on a sour note losing 2-1 to Swallows at home.
As it is the case with football, we have seen a
number of coaches lose their jobs, with
the latest victims being Vladimir Vermezovic of Pirates and Ernst Middendorp
at Bloemfontein Celtic.
But come January 2015, the Absa Premiership will be
forgotten as Bafana Bafana embark on a
mission to try and claim the Africa Cup of Nations trophy in Equatorial Guinea.
Our team last won this cup in 1996 and it's about time they made
us proud once more.
There is hope as they have qualified in style, topping their group and doing so without losing a single game.
As it is that time of the year, let me take this
opportunity to wish all teams, players, fans and everybody involved in football
a Merry Christmas, a Happy and Prosperous New Year.
S’Busiso Mseleku is regarded as one of Africa's leading
sports journalists and an authority on football. He has received some of
the biggest awards in a career spanning well over 20 years. He is
currently City Press Sports Editor.
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