Kaizer Chiefs fell to a 1-0 home defeat to Sekhkhune on Saturday which put a serious dampener on their 53rd birthday celebrations.
It’s a result that leaves the Glamour Boys 13 points adrift of runaway leaders Mamelodi Sundowns at the halfway stage of the season.
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Were Kaizer Chiefs ever in the title race?
It might be a bitter pill to swallow for Amakhosi fans, but let’s get realistic. The club was never going to mount a serious title push in 2022-23. Too many experienced players aren’t pulling their weight, and a lot of the talented young players aren’t yet ready to help a team to a league title.
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The age bracket in between, namely 23-28, isn’t stacked with quality either. With this season’s title beyond them, perhaps it’s an opportunity for Arthur Zwane to lean even more heavily into youth.
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Glamour Boys youth provide hope
Fans would love to see more of Wandile Duba, Mduduzu Shabalala, Samkelo Zwane and Sabelo Radebe on a regular basis. Coach Zwane must, howeve, balance tthat approach with a sprinkling of experience. Qualification for a CAF Champions League Group Stage place will be the goal now, and it’s very much within the club’s grasps.
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Dans will rightly cherish a Soweto Derby win over Pirates courtesy of a Yusuf Maart wonder-goal. However, that was one of numerous false dawns for Chiefs in a stop-start season that has provided more frustration than ecstasy. Chiefs next face AmaZulu away on Friday the 13th (hopefully not too unlucky) and then champions Sundowns on Saturday January 21st at FNB Stadium.
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