Chiefs' league interests in the grill

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Chiefs will be holding for a verdict in their favour to enhance their title ambitions
Chiefs will be holding for a verdict in their favour to enhance their title ambitions

As earlier confirmed by PSL prosecutor Zola Majavu, the PSL DC was put on hold until the determination of the arbitration which is sitting on Tuesday and Wednesday (March 15 and 16) in the case relating to the two games that Chiefs failed to honour against Cape Town City and Golden Arrows before Christmas citing the outbreak of covid-19 at their base.

In simple terms, the purpose of the arbitration before Advocate Nazeer Cassim SC will determine whether Chiefs are sanctioned or whether the club will be allowed to play those two games, which now carry the value of determining their interests in the DStv Premiership title race.  

Amakhosi sit third on the standings with 35 points from 19 games with two games in hand (plus the two pending) over leaders Mamelodi Sundowns (51 points), which leaves a potential 12 points at stake.

With those 12 points at stake, Chiefs can cut Sundowns’ lead to just four and provide for an interesting conclusion to the season with the title and both the Champions League and Confederation Cup places to play for.

Chiefs have the wind in their favour with their sole commitment for the rest of the season being league games while Sundowns have the Champions League and Nedbank Cup to contest as well.

The matter has been hanging since February when its first seating was held with the PSL having been initially silent on the matter in the days after Chiefs choose not to pitch up for their games.

Following the outbreak at their base, Chiefs applied to have their matches postponed but they were rejected by the PSL who then charged them.

Chiefs then appealed the PSL decision escalating the matter to the SAFA arbitration which is now overseeing the matter.