Kaizer Chiefs are no longer challenging for this year’s MTN8 title but there are four other trophies up for grabs over the next year.
The Amakhosi failed at the first hurdle in last season’s MTN8, going out to Mamelodi Sundowns, but they went on to win both the PSL and the Nedbank Cup in the months that followed.
Now, as we enter October, Chiefs still have the Telkom Knockout, Absa Premiership, Nedbank Cup and CAF Champions League to play for over the next few months. This begs the question of how much of a blow their MTN8 exit is.
The Glamour Boys take on Polokwane City in the first round of the TKO next month and will begin their CCL campaign early next year. There is no doubt that their head coach, Stuart Baxter, is confident that they can challenge on all fronts.
Their goalkeeper and captain, Itumeleng Khune, insists that the player’s heads have not dropped, despite the MTN8 defeat to Orlando Pirates.
He told the club’s official website, “We are fortunate to have the kind of leadership we have at the Club. The coach (Stuart Baxter), chairman (Kaizer Motaung) and football manager (Bobby Motaung) spoke to us after the game. They encouraged us to hold our heads high.
“The leadership reminded us that losing the MTN8 is not the end and that there are other trophies to contest for this season. The team played their hearts out. We gave Pirates a tough time and throughout the game we showed character.”
Khune also gave special mention to the Amakhosi faithful, saying, “Credit must go to our supporters. They are the 12th man in the team and we would like to thank them for their undying support. We acknowledge their patience and appreciate that they continue to rally behind the team. We are still hungry for success and we want to achieve more accolades going forward.”
Chiefs’ next game will see them take on City at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on October 5.
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