Kaizer Chiefs will fight on in title race, says Siboniso Gaxa
Posted: 9 March 2016 Time: 13:13
The screws of Kaizer Chiefs’ title defence might be loosening but Siboniso Gaxa insists that as long as they remain with a chance mathematically, then there is every reason to put up a fight.
Standing 13 points behind leaders Mamelodi Sundowns, Chiefs will make the trip to Rustenburg to face Platinum Stars tonight at Royal Bafokeng Stadium (19h30) aware that this is now a desperation phase if their fading hopes are to remain alive.
Tonight’s game against a Dikwena team that is still silently holding its place at the tail of the chasing pack is one that Chiefs have as the ‘game in hand’ over Sundowns and one that if they win will bring them to within 10 points of the Brazilians with eight games remaining.
“We are still the current champions and if the world was to end today we will be the champions,” Gaxa jokingly tells KickOff.com.
“However, on a more serious note as long as we are still in with a chance mathematically then we will consider ourselves as still being in the race. Until the day that we are out mathematically we will still continue fighting in the bid to defend this trophy,” argues the experienced wing-back.
Faced with his first ever test of having to be doing the chasing since he arrived at Naturena in 2012, Gaxa admits that this is a challenge that feels different.
“For the past three years we have had teams chasing us. Now the pressure feels different because we are the ones who now have to do the chasing in the hope of catching them. Chasing”people means you have to win games to get points in the bag,’ he explains.
“When you are at the top and being chased you always have the comfort of having the points in the bag which is the best feeling to have because we have been in that situation before.
“Having games in hand or hoping that the ones leading will trip and fall is not ideal but then that shouldn’t make our hopes evaporate. It is never a nice feeling to let go of a treasured valuable like the League and it is for that reason that we are sticking with having all this hope.
“We will keep on holding to all of the hope that we have though the primary target is on making sure that we are winning our games. Though with what we cannot control we just have to keep on hoping and make sure that we keep trying to win our games,” says Gaxa.