Top-eight finish not guaranteed for Chiefs
KAIZER Chiefs could yet finish out of the top eight in a trophy-less season, which could be their worst yet after another defeat at the weekend.
Chiefs have only twice before failed to finish the season in the top eight. But after losing three games on the trot in recent weeks, they have gone from possible title contenders to facing the ignominy of slipping out of the top eight.
Even with four of their last five games to be played at home, Chiefs looked to have written off their own chances of challenging for the title.
Caretaker assistant coach Doctor Khumalo hinted as much after their Sunday loss in Cape Town to Santos, which left them eight points off the leaders with a game in hand.
Chiefs slipped down to sixth place on 40 points, but are just five above ninth-placed Bloemfontein Celtic.
Amakhosi face tough fixtures against SuperSport United at Soccer City on Saturday and then Mamelodi Sundowns next week Wednesday at the same venue.
Their last three games are against Ajax Cape Town (Polokwane), Free State Stars (Phuthaditjhaba) and AmaZulu at Soccer City on the last day of the campaign on May 19.
"The guys are going through a difficult time but it is a matter of rallying behind them. I don't think there is a problem," asserted Khumalo, who spoke for Chiefs before and after the game in Cape Town after Donald "Ace" Khuse had been called "unconvincing" by the media in his post-match pronouncements after the two previous two losses.
"We just have now to worry about the next game. Losing three games is not good but we must show a big heart and soldier on," Khumalo added.