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PSL reschedules disciplinary hearing for Kaizer Chiefs for May 9

JOHANNESBURG, April 30 – The Premier Soccer League Disciplinary Committee (DC) has rescheduled Kaizer Chiefs’ appearance in front of the DC.

Chiefs were initially scheduled to appear on May 3.

The hearing has now been moved to May 9 at 6pm in Johannesburg.

Kaizer Chiefs are facing charges of bringing the League into disrepute and misconduct. This follows events of April 21 during the Nedbank Cup fixture against Free State Stars FC where supporters invaded the pitch, assaulted some supporters and security officials and damaged property at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban.

Sleepless nights ahead for Premiership relegation candidates

The coaching staff at Ajax Cape Town, SuperSport United, Polokwane City and Baroka FC have just under two weeks to find a way to save the respective seasons of their teams.

With just one round of league fixtures to come, on Saturday May 12, there will much soul searching and blood, sweat and tears out on the training pitches in Cape Town, Pretoria and the Limpopo province as the four above-mentioned clubs look to ensure top-flight survival for another season, and the comparatively lucrative sponsorship that comes with that.

It’s Ajax, a team which has on three occasions finished as league runners up since their formation in 1999, while also developing countless PSL players from their youth ranks, who are in the most dire of straights.

After losing 3-1 to league champions Mamelodi Sundowns on Saturday, the Urban Warriors (31 points) remain in second last position on the table, which equates going into the promotion-relegation play-offs with the teams that finish second and third in the National First Division (Jomo Cosmos have already confirmed they’ll end second, the other spot will go to Black Leopards, Real Kings or Witbank Spurs).

The Cape side have not won a single game on the road this season, but at least end their campaign at home. The problem for them is that they face Kaizer Chiefs, who’ll enjoy plenty of support in the Mother City and are probably desperate to at least salvage a top-three finish at the end of what has been a difficult season for them.

And a draw will be no good for Muhsin Ertugral’s men, as they’re two points behind SuperSport and Polokwane (both on 33 points), and three behind Baroka (34 points).

Baroka, who currently have Doctor Khumalo in charge, are away at SuperSport for their last match, with the Limpopo club knowing a draw will at the very least be enough to keep them above Matsatsanta and bottom-of-the table Platinum Stars who will be relegated.

That SuperSport – MTN8 winners this season, three-time league champions, Nedbank Cup winners in 2016 and 2017, and CAF Confederation Cup finalists little more than six months back, are in the position they’re in, shows perhaps just how tough the PSL has become.

Polokwane meanwhile, are at home at the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium, where they take on a Chippa United side trying to hang onto position eight on the table which could qualify them for next season’s MTN8 competition.

Even if a Kaitano Tembo-coached SuperSport beat Baroka and Ajax win against Chiefs, a draw for Bernard Molekwa’s Polokwane side would see them finishing above Baroka FC on goal difference – of the four clubs in trouble, it is Rise and Shine who enjoy the best goal difference.

With so many permutations, it’s probably easiest to look at the league table to understand the situation better:

Pos.  Team        Goal dif.   Points

12.   Baroka FC    -5          34

13.   Polokwane    -3          33

14.   SuperSport   -6           33

15.   Ajax CT        -5           31

Remaining fixtures for the four teams in the PSL relegation dogfight (Saturday 12 May):

Polokwane City v Chippa United – Old Peter Mokaba Stadium

SuperSport United v Baroka FC – Lucas Moripe Stadium

Ajax Cape Town v Kaizer Chiefs – Cape Town Stadium

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