Chiefs’ last hope for a trophy in the period stretching the last two years now rests on the mathematical chances that they still have in the league.
With four games remaining for them – AmaKhosi will hope a mixture of favourable results, involving all three teams above them blended with them winning all their games, eventually leads to an astonishing end to the campaign.
Highly unlikely and yet not impossible.
So how will it feel to end a second year running empty handed?
“If it happens it will be a disappointing season because at Chiefs the expectations are high so it will simply mean that we haven’t met the expectations of the fans. As you know the culture of the team is on winning trophies, this is a team that is used to winning trophies, at least one every season if not two. So it will be disappointing,” admits Masilela while resisting the temptation of equating it to a disaster.
“I don’t know if the right word is disaster but it will be disappointing for everyone involved with the team. That is all l can say. I don’t know if it would be a disaster. Whichever you want to put it, it is okay but we all know the expectations. Everyone here knows what is expected of them and as I have said if you don’t meet the expectations of the fans it is a disappointment and even us as players we don’t have like 10 more years to play so we would love to win more trophies before we retire so we will also be disappointed,” he says.
With Chiefs having won four trophies in three years that Stuart Baxter was in charge prior to Steve Komphela’s arrival, the veteran left-back is also honest enough to recognise the fact that success in football comes in cycles.
“It is always nice when you win because when you get that taste you want it over and over again but it is football. Success comes in cycles in football, you will see a team dominating for three years and then for the next three years it is another team. Maybe it was one of those that mean we have to rebuild because we had a new coach and new players, lots of change. Not winning trophies is not nice at all especially when you have tasted and you know the feel of winning,” he adds.
Chiefs will wrap up their campaign with games against Golden Arrows, Polokwane City, Platinum Stars and Bidvest Wits.
AmaKhosi trail leaders Wits by five points and are four behind Sundowns both of whom have played a game less, while Cape Town City are three points ahead.