'Chiefs fate not a good ad for football'


Kaizer Chiefs' failure to secure the Absa Premiership title despite leading the log standings for 28 games has been described as a bad advert for football.

Baroka coach Dylan Kerr sent a message of commiserations to his Chiefs counterpart Ernst Middendorp after the two sides played to a 1-1 draw on the final day of the season.

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While the result saw Bakgaga escape the relegation play-off, it meant Amakhosi missed out on the title to rivals Mamelodi Sundowns, who clinched their third successive league crown and the club's 10th in the PSL era, right at the death.

Scroll through the gallery above to see how devastated Chiefs players were after the final whistle

Kerr, while celebrating his club's survival by the skin of their teeth, took the time to send a message to Middendorp, while describing the season's final outcome as somewhat of an injustice.

"I just want to say to Ernst, it's been tough this bubble, it's not been fair. He was nine points clear coming into the bubble, and it's not been a good advert for football," said Kerr after the match.

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"Many teams have not been able to play to their level best, so you know I feel sorry for Ernst because we speak regularly, he knows how hard it is, we both know how hard it is in football here.

"I just hope that... [sigh]. I've got no words for him, because I could be feeling like that now – they could be champions and we could be in the play-offs, so I can understand how he feels. But I'll have a word with him tomorrow, I'm going to let it sink in to him."

TABLE: Final Absa Prem Standings

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