Chiefs coach downplays R1.5-mil loss

Premiership

Kaizer Chiefs were ruled out early from the race for the R1.5-million prize money earlier this year and assistant coach Shaun Bartlett has explained why.

Chiefs have pocketed R3-million this season from winning the first two Absa quarterly prizes of R1.5-million each, after a blistering start to the season.

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Amakhosi have sat pretty at the summit of the Premiership table since matchday two this season, following their dismal ninth-place finish at the end of last season.

However, the Soweto giants started showing signs of unravelling as they lost two of their last three games prior to the season’s suspension, falling six points behind Q-3 leaders Orlando Pirates, who accumulated 19 points from their eight matches.

Mamelodi Sundowns are the only side, with two games in hand, still able to catch The Buccaneers as they sit six points adrift on the leaderboard.

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But Bartlett has since explained what led to their falling out of the running for what would have been a historic third consecutive Q-Innovation prize.

“I think the key word has been consistency – we didn’t have that in Q-3, like we did in the first two [quarters] and actually won it, and kept us top of the league,” Bartlett told KCTV.

“I think the only consolation at this moment in time [is that] we’re still top of the league, and the main objective is to be there until the end of the season.

“So, disappointment was there when we didn’t win those couple of games at home, but we continue going and [need to] make sure we can stay there.”

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