Since inception, each moment at Kaizer Chiefs has always presented a part of history that has enriched our character. The remainder of the 2012 season thus adds to that history more as a character testing than a mere winning display against a not-so-friendly background of rapid misfortunes.
Going into this match with a new record of losing four games on the trot, it was expected that a formidable opponent like Sundowns would rub salt into our wounds; but once more tables turned into our favour just at the right moment to add to our intriguing history of challenges and successes.
Whilst our immediate challenge was to overcome our four match dry spell, we were more pressed to account to the thousands of supporters that had also responded to our misfortune in a manner that also debilitated our character. Understandably, our reaction to pain may ignite different responses but I always maintained that suicide, regardless of reason may not be the ultimate solution particularly when such perpetuates the suffering.
With that I must immediately express my disappointment over the behaviour of a section of our supporters after defeat at the hands of SuperSport. The pelting of players and officials is definitely our lowest point and may not be repeated at any stage.
Our encounters against SuperSport have always not been that easy and the recent was not going to be different considering their current position on the log. Any team lying at third would do everything to reach the pinnacle despite their opposition’s effort to thwart their intentions. SuperSport came with guns blazing and may not have been expected to sympathize with our slump; something which our supporters need to understand by now. Whilst this might not be an excuse for losing, we should also remember that we went into the game with an equally determined effort but as the league would have its way, we emerged the bruised of the two. With a little luck we should have had a goal or two in the closing stages.
Days following our loss, we doubled all effort to realign both thought and muscle as we went for redemption against Sundowns. We had to rise against adversity to win this encounter as demonstration of a fighting character more than anything else. From the first whistle, our lads went for the kill and never took their feet off the pedal by making numerous threats to the opposition’s goal posts.
The pattern continued early in the second half and resulted in a rewarding goal that set the tone for the remainder of the match. It went like that throughout the stanza albeit with streams of misfortune when the final nail was needed.
On the count more than five opportunities went begging to yet show that the encounter was more than character testing.
Whilst it could have been ideal to continue the trend, we are now faced with interruption from the NEDBANK Cup weekend; something that is likely to affect the rhythm and perhaps the much needed momentum to reverse our losses.
Lying ahead if us is Ajax, Free State Stars and Amazulu three of the toughest customers in the league. They recently did well in their encounters and would certainly not want to weaken their chances of a decent finish this season.
On the one hand we want to bag all three matches to stay in contention for the top eight spot to set ourselves for a nail biting finish to a drama filled season. In all I must say we need to focus although we are out of contention for the league. We therefore need all hands on deck to keep ourselves motivated throughout.
Our supporters may therefore never be left out but stick with us at the time we need them most.
Kaizer Motaung (Mr.)