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Many a slip twix cup and lip


If one recalls they have not had a good season in something like seven years, if the arithmetic is still with me.

Past experiences count for nothing where football is concerned, and this much proved to be the case at the weekend when the team at the top of the Premier Soccer League log came unstuck in what was to be a run of the mill game for them.

I for one, probably similar to the Motaung family members heading the club, had no sleepless nights when Kaizer Chiefs was pencilled in to meet Maritzburg United in an ordinary league match at the weekend.

In fact, I had taken the liberty to count the points with which Kaizer Chiefs would be leading the pack come Sunday. The match against the team of Choice from Pietermaritzburg was going to be a mere formality, or so I thought!

It had escaped your’s truly that there was that Judas Moseamedi chap in their midst who could not be messed with on any day. If this Judas fellow is not the team’s goalscorer then he is the playmaker. And whichever role he takes he is always around to cause trouble and heartache for other teams. This weekend was no different.

The worry before the match was that the other well-known Gauteng teams playing out of Chloorkop and Park Town would likely steal a march on Chiefs and that, in turn, will likely upset a well laid out plan for the Amakhosi to return to the good times.

If one recalls they have not had a good season in something like seven years, if the arithmetic is still with me.

We know that Bobby Motaung’s hand has not been easy at the tiller. His management style has taken some of the faithful Khosifieds some time to get used to. And this year he seems to have acquired the magic hand of Papa Kaizer. So it came to pass that at the start of the current season Bobby’s choice side chose to lead the pack, as per usual like when Daddy was in charge.

You might be familiar with the saying by the late radio and television announcer Cebo Manyapelo that went: “In football there is no therefore”. Meaning you are as good as your last game.

The hoi polloi on the stands and terraces have their own trite saying in isiNguni which goes: ”The ball is round and rolls all over the place”.

Well, after this weekend’s set of results it is beyond debate that those wisdoms have come to life. I can tell you now that Chief’s six-point lead over Orlando Pirates and seven points over Mamelodi Sundowns makes for a very stressful situation for the followers of the former Phefeni club.

They have not been in such a good space in a long time and to have the old party spoilers such as Pirates and Sundowns chasing them down makes for an uneasy, nerve-wracking situation. To tell you the truth, all Chiefs fans are now thinking is that there are just too many games left yet to play before the season counts down.

The wish is that it should come to an end like next weekend. But we know that horse is dead!

Err pardon me. I must make amends while the sun is still up and apologise profusely for an unintended “killing spree” via this platform. You see some time back a famous footballer passed on. His name Bobby Schultz.

His equally famous friend Andrew Bosman gave us the eulogy. In retelling the story here I unintentionaly caused “murder and mayhem” among the Scara Lawrence family. This was to the effect that the man Scara Lawrence, who acted as manager-player at Dalton Brothers was dead.

I am pleased to announce that it is not so. Mr Scara Lawrence, I am reliably told by a concerned friend and neighbour, who wishes to remain unknown, that Scara, is alive and kicking in Galeshewe.

My humblest apologies. Salang.

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