Ernst Middendorp. Picture: REUTERS/INA FASSBENDER
Ernst Middendorp. Picture: REUTERS/INA FASSBENDER

Such has been the inconsistency of the teams at the top of the table that the form side in the Absa Premiership over the last six matches has been seventh-placed Kaizer Chiefs. But it is still likely they have left themselves with too much to do in the push for the league title‚ lying seven points behind leaders Mamelodi Sundowns and having played a game more than the defending champions.

With just six games to go‚ Chiefs’ marked improvement under coach Ernst Middendorp will likely get them a top-four finish at best, in what has been another season of turmoil at Naturena. Chiefs and Polokwane City are the only unbeaten sides in their last six matches‚ while they have also scored the joint most number of goals‚ 10.

“The chance‚ had we won [against SuperSport United]‚ would have been a lot bigger to come a lot closer but at the same time you know Orlando Pirates have to go to Black Leopards and you are not winning there easily‚” Middendorp said after Friday’s 1-1 draw at SuperSport.

“Orlando Pirates must still play Bidvest Wits and if I’m not mistaken Orlando Pirates must still play Mamelodi Sundowns.”

It is a valid point‚ because those above them have been dropping points in recent games. Sundowns and Pirates have both only taken nine points from the last 18 available‚ while Cape Town City and SuperSport have been marginally better with 10. Bidvest have managed only seven.

 This has created the most exciting title race in recent times‚ with all teams from the current leaders Sundowns to Chiefs in seventh still in with a chance‚ with nobody able to put a run of wins together.

At the foot of the table‚ Baroka have been the worst performing side over the  last six games‚ taking just five points and they are now in serious relegation strife.

They are not alone though with Bloemfontein Celtic‚ Chippa United‚ Maritzburg United‚ AmaZulu and Black Leopards all managing only six points from the last 18 available.