Lorenzo Gordinho says Kaizer Chiefs are gunning for African club competition qualification
Posted: 11 May 2017 Time: 20:54
Kaizer Chiefs defender Lorenzo Gordinho says they will continue performing at a competitive level in their remaining games despite the prospect of silverware being out of reach.
Chiefs are set to end their second successive season without a trophy for the first time in 30 years, after failing in their quest for the MTN 8, Telkom Knockout, Nedbank Cup and most recently the Absa Premiership.
The Glamour Boys saw their league title hopes shattered after a 1-1 draw with Golden Arrows last week when they conceded in stoppage time for a third time in as many games, having failed to win either of them.
Log leaders Bidvest Wits are already 10 points clear of Steve Komphela’s side, who have three games left of the campaign, while the highest points tally they can reach is 56.
With Mamelodi Sundowns having been shocked by Baroka on Wednesday evening, Chiefs now have to win all their remaining games and hope that the reigning league champions drop all points on offer to end second and qualify for next year’s CAF Champions League.
Cape Town City currently occupy the CAF Confederation Cup qualifying spot in third position, five points ahead of Amakhosi, who have a game in hand over the top four, including SuperSport United.
Gordinho believes their season is not all lost as they can still fight for a top three place in order to qualify for continental football next season, while stating they also still have a duty to perform for the club’s supporters.
“Without the trophies we are still one of the biggest teams in the country, so we can’t just let ourselves slip and fall [in the remaining three games],” defends Gordinho.
“We have to keep going and keep the performances for the fans, they still want to see good football and we’re going to have to give them the brand [of football] that they’ve been enjoying throughout the season.
“It doesn’t mean that we’re not going to win the [league] title that we can just give up. We are still fighting for a place to get into one of the African tournaments and that’s what we’re gunning for at the moment.”
The four-time PSL champions next face a tricky trip to Limpopo to face high-flying Polokwane City at the Peter Mokaba Stadium. Kick-off is set for 18h00.