Amakhosi remain in the title race with a mathematical chance of catching up to Mamelodi Sundowns, who are currently 10 points ahead with a game in hand, with only four games left in the campaign.
The Glamour Boys have accumulated just 39 points from their 26 games thus far, with 12 of those results being draws and five defeats.
Maluleka has admitted they are now left to regret all the dropped points and feels, had they salvaged more from just a handful of those games, they could still have been in the championship race with a fighting chance.
“It’s very difficult but, then again, we put ourselves in this position with the points that we dropped, when we could have maybe gotten a draw or collected maximum points,” said Maluleka.
“But we have ourselves to blame for that and that’s how football goes. Our fate is not in our hands, and right now we just need to focus on ourselves.
“Even if we took four sets of three points then we could have been talking a different story now.”
With Sundowns requiring just three more points to end Chiefs’ hopes of catching up, ‘Mido’ feels a top-three finish would suffice as they would then at least be able to test themselves on the continent later this year.
“Anything lower than third place would be a disappointment for us. I think worst case scenario is not qualifying for CAF,” he added.
“I think we want to qualify if the league doesn’t happen, and that would at least give us that boost to say, ‘Let’s go on and take on the continent’.”