The imminent verdict of the SAFA arbitration regarding the club’s two unfilled fixtures is expected to decide Kaizer Chiefs’ title chances.
As previously confirmed by PSL prosecutor Zola Majavu, the PSL DC has been put on hold until the outcome of the arbitration, which is set to take place on Tuesday and Wednesday (March 15 and 16) in the case relating to the two games that Chiefs failed to honour before Christmas, citing an outbreak of covid-19 at their base.
In plain terms, the arbitration before Advocate Nazeer Cassim SC will rule whether Chiefs will be sanctioned or allowed to play those two games, which now have the value of determining their interests in the DStv Premiership title race.
Amakhosi are in third place in the standings with 35 points from 19 games, with two games in hand (plus two pending) on leaders Mamelodi Sundowns (51 points), putting a potential 12 point gap between them and the leaders at risk.
With those 12 points on the line, Chiefs can cut Sundowns’ advantage to just four points, setting up an exciting finish to the season with the title and berths in the Champions League and Confederation Cup on the line.
Chiefs have the upper hand, given they have only league games left to play, but Sundowns have the Champions League and the Nedbank Cup to contend about.
The issue has been lingering since February, when the first sitting was held, with the PSL originally remaining silent in the days following the Chiefs’ decision to skip their games.
Chiefs asked to have their matches postponed following the outbreak at their facility, but the PSL denied them, and they were charged as a result.
Chiefs subsequently appealed the PSL judgment, escalating the case to SAFA arbitration, which is now in charge of the case.
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