Chiefs could set unwelcome record
IF KAIZER Chiefs lose on Saturday night at home to SuperSport United, it will be the first time in the club's long and distinguished history that they have lost four games in a row.
Bumbling Amakhosi have gone from championship contenders to facing a potential battle to stay in the top eight after months of turmoil, which have seen the sacking of Vladimir Vermezovic and the imposition of a caretaker regime that has presided over three successive defeats.
Donald Khuse and his assistant Doctor Khumalo have lost all three games they have been in charge of since the departure of Vermezovic.
The defeat at the hands of Free State Stars in the Nedbank Cup quarterfinals was followed by league losses to Maritzburg United and Santos that have seen Chiefs slip to sixth on the log.
Another defeat against United at Soccer City on Saturday night would add to the ignominy of a horror period for the proud club - and set an unwanted record.
Chiefs have rarely had a barren patch in their 42-year history. Only four times before have they lost three matches in a row and the club has only twice ever finished outside of the top eight in the league standings.
Their worst run came in 2001, immediately after they won the African Cup Winners' Cup at Ellis Park.
Chiefs, then coached by Muhsin Ertugral, played nine matches without a win from early December to mid-January 2002. During that run they lost three in a row, then played to four successive draws and lost twice more before snapping their winless streak away against Manning Rangers.