The ABSA Premiership finale is always thrilling and exciting when the winners are unpredictable. This year’s finale might not be as thrilling as last year’s as the winners may be known long before the season officially ends in May.
There is a good possibility that Kaizer Chiefs may be crowned 2012/2013 league champions two weeks before the end of this season. Chiefs opened a 6-point gap on Platinum Stars after beating Moroka Swallows 3 – 1 at the Dobsonville Stadium on Saturday.
Chiefs currently have 55 points. They need only 6 points in their remaining four matches to win the league title, assuming that the two teams behind them, namely Platinum Stars and Orlando Pirates, will win all their remaining games. If they don’t, then Chiefs will need even fewer points to win the league. Some Chiefs fans have started celebrating already as it has become clear to them that the Absa Premiership cup will be going to Naturena this season.
At this point the maximum number of points that Pirates and Platinum Stars can have if they win all their remaining games is 61 whereas for Chiefs it is 67. If Chiefs continue to win and Pirates and Platinum Stars allow them to extend the lead even more by failing to win their next games, Chiefs will be crowned champions on the 1st of May. The last league games will be played on the 18th. If Chiefs will have been crowned champions by then, few people will be interested in those games.
Chiefs will face Platinum Stars on Sunday (28 April) at the Peter Mokaba Stadium. Stars are the only team that has managed to beat Chiefs this season. No one knows if they can beat them for the second time. It is worth noting that Chief’s main goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune may miss that match as he has been given four yellow cards, which is believed will result in him being suspended for one match.