Chiefs to join Bucs & Downs on 700 matches

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Amakhosi are up against the Buccaneers in the second leg of the MTN8 semi-finals, to be played at Orlando Stadium.

Chiefs will join Mamelodi Sundowns and Pirates in crossing the 700-mark.

Sundowns have racked up 738 games while Pirates currently sit on 723 games, in all official competitions since the day that the first ball was kicked in the modern day PSL era on Friday, August 2, 1996.

Chiefs have played 540 League matches to date, plus 159 cup games, including the Bob Save Super Bowl, Absa Cup, Nedbank Cup, Coca-Cola Cup, Rothmans Cup, Telkom Knockout, BP Top Eight, SAA Supa 8, MTN8, CAF Cup Winners’ Cup and CAF Champions League.

Chiefs have 363 wins, 200 draws and 136 defeats in all matches.

The first match that Chiefs played in the PSL era was a Coca-Cola Cup first round match against Hellenic on August 4, 1996, which Amakhosi won 1-0 courtesy of a Lifa Gqosha strike.

Amakhosi’ first League match, played on August 10, 1996, was a 1-0 win over Jomo Cosmos, with the late Thabang Lebese on target.

Since then Chiefs have averaged 40 games every season, with their highest number being 49 matches during the 2001/02 season.

During that season – famously dubbed ‘Operation Vat Alles’ – Amakhosi won every knockout competition on offer, the BP Top Eight, the Coca-Cola Cup and the CAF Cup Winners’ Cup, before eventually coming out second best in the African Super Cup, being silenced 1-4 by Al Ahly.

‘Operation Vat Alles’ was, however, soured by the fact that the League eluded them – they finished a lowly ninth, lower than Black Leopards, who squeezed into the top eight on goal difference ahead of Amakhosi.

Of the 699 games played to date by Chiefs in the PSL era, Zimbabwean strongman Tinashe Nengomasha has featured the most, with 311 matches during his 11-year stay at the club before his move to Bidvest Wits last season.

  

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