With just a few days left, the second half of the Absa Premiership season is fast approaching and with that being said many Kaizer Chiefs supporters have already pulled out their calculators and started doing mathematics for the League race.
Quite understandably so as Amakhosi are 7 points clear at the top of the log standings halfway through the season with 35 points after 14 matches played.
Based on the current situation, Amakhosi will require 77 points to be officially crowned the Absa Premiership champions this season regardless of any situation that might happen but that’s if second placed Mamelodi Sundowns win all their remaining league matches as that will only take them to a total of 76 points this season and that’s a big if.
Of course we have seen a team in the previous years winning the championship with just 60-65 points but not so fast and that’s according to Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp who says it’s way to early to start pulling out the calculators and adding numbers.
“No, as I said I’ll repeat it again why should we now jump around with doing mathematical work and take the calculator, no it’s a very important game on the 4th of January (against SuperSport United) to start 2020 in a proper way with a different performance over longer period of the game and it’s the target,” insisted the German.
On the other hand, Pitso Mosimane and his Mamelodi Sundowns team might have other ideas back in Chloorkop, bear in mind Sundowns have been in this position previously against the very same opponents and they know all about it.
Back in the 2013/14 season when Stuart Baxter was still at the helm, Chiefs bottled a 11-point lead they had over the Brazilians in January and ended up finishing 2 points behind Sundowns who were the eventual champions.
Realistically, it’s looking more like a 3-horse race at this stage without forgetting Bidvest Wits.
Clever Boys mentor Gavin Hunt might also feel he is in with a shout but Wits’s situation is a bit delicate. They have gathered 23 points after playing just 11 games and they have 3 games in hand but games in hand are not points in hand.
By Ntobeko Mbambo