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Is Second Spot An Attractive Incentive?

Most European football clubs are known to be more than happy to settle for a Champions League spot, when a league title win is either unattainable or unrealistic.

The UEFA Champions League is known to be very lucrative, even at the group stage level, but is there a similar attraction in the PSL?

The PSL has recently been afforded an extra spot that qualifies a club into the CAF Champions League, where previously, only the league champions where afforded that privilege. 

However, with Kaizer Chiefs still leading the pack and looking the likeliest to clinch the title - leaving their closest rivals with only second place to fight for - one wonders if the latter is indeed an interesting proposition, especially in the context of South African football…

Historically, clubs on this southern tip of Africa are known to show an aggressive attitude towards the Champions League, as evidenced by Kaizer Chiefs' reluctant participation in the current campaign. 

Prestige coupled with a good load of money seems to be the driving force behind glory quests these days, but with the money not quite matching the prestige of the CAF Champions League, is a spot in the competition enough to cushion the blow of a league title loss? 

Do you think some teams are happy to settle for second place in the Absa Premiership?

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