Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp has pointed towards their earlier disadvantages in defending their shortfall in the Absa Premiership title race.
Chiefs already slim title hopes were completely dashed when Orlando Pirates grabbed a 2-1 win over Free State Stars to open a 13-point gap over their Soweto rivals, who can now only obtain a maximum of 12 points from their remaining four league games.
Still in seventh position, Amakhosi’s chances of making it into the CAF Champions' League or Confederation Cup positions also hang by a thread, as they trail second-placed Mamelodi Sundowns – who have six games remaining – and third-placed Bidvest Wits by seven points.
With this in mind, Middendorp has accepted that their league hopes are now reduced to trying to finish as high as possible using their four remaining fixtures, but their hopes of ending their trophy drought remain alive with the Nedbank Cup semi-final coming up.
“Coming in in the middle of the season, we have to look at what’s possible. I always repeat that we started training consistently during the week in the beginning of February, because before we had these international games, travelling – Saturday; Wednesday; Saturday,” said Middendorp.
“At the moment it’s just for us to try as much as possible to have a position that’s best, and we’ll take it game by game. On Saturday is an important game in Port Elizabeth against Chippa, and that’s where we’re putting our full focus.”