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Stellies are punching above their weight in the PSL. Image: @stellenboschfc / Twitter

OFFICIAL: Kaizer Chiefs miss out on CAF Champions League qualification

What’s the next target?

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Stellies are punching above their weight in the PSL. Image: @stellenboschfc / Twitter

Kaizer Chiefs are officially out of contention for next season’s CAF Champions League after Stellenbosch collected three points against Golden Arrows.

Chiefs will have to scrap for third or worse

Stellenbosch, one of this season’s surprise packages, collected all three points in their 3-0 win over Golden Arrows. It was a much-needed response after Orlando Pirates beat Cape Town City 2-0 earlier in the day courtesy of a Tshegofatso Mabasa brace. Stellies’ win came courtesy of strikes from Devin Titus, Anicet Oura and in-form Iqraam Rayners. Rayners has 14 goals in the DStv Premiership this season, putting him in pole position for the Golden Boot. Mabasa is his nearest challenger with 13 strikes. Stellenbosch lead Pirates in the race for second place by three points with four matches to play.

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The race is on for bragging rights as the country’s top goal scorer in this season’s DStv Premiership. Image: Backpagepix

What’s next for Kaizer Chiefs after missing out on CAF Champions League?

After Stellenbosch’s win, they have 49 points. Their lead over Chiefs is unassailable as Amakhosi only have five matches (15 points) left to play for this season. Cavin Johnson’s men, fresh off a much-needed 2-1 win against SuperSport, are out to spoil the Sundowns party this week. The Brazilians will seal a seventh consecutive league title with three points on Thursday against Chiefs. They might even have the title wrapped up before that if Stellenbosch loses to Golden Arrows on Wednesday. Amakhosi face Sundowns on 2 May, with kickoff at 19:30. Amakhosi will want to put on a show for their fans and avoid rolling out the red carpet for Rulani and his team. Chiefs will still be scrapping for a top-eight finish.

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Christian Saile trying to get the crowd going. Image ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix


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