There was a time when Kaizer Chiefs were considered “Cup Kings” of South African football.
Playing Chiefs in the final was like playing Real Madrid in the Uefa Champions League final; the chances of winning were very slim. From 2000 until 2010, Amakhosi played in 12 finals and won 11 of them proving why they were the biggest team in the country in terms of titles won and support.
Although Kaizer Chiefs won over 90% of the finals they played in between 2000-10, in half of those matches, the Glamour Boys did not even play very well but somehow found a way to win. They had the pedigree, the flair, and the players to show up in big games whilst their biggest Soweto rivals Orlando Pirates choked in big finals.
KAIZER CHIEFS WERE DETHRONED AS CUP KINGS BY SUNDOWNS AND SUPERSPORT
Khosi’s luck eventually ran out in 2011 after Oupa Manyisa’s long-range shot gave Pirates a 1-0 win over their archrivals in the MTN8 final. Under Stuard Baxter, Chiefs returned to their winning ways by bagging the 2012/13 DStv Premiership and the Nedbank Cup.
Two years later, they won the MTN8 and the league title but that was the last time Amakhosi would taste success. Chiefs clinched the league title in April 2015 with three games to spare and many were expecting more glory, and more cup wins in the next seasons but somehow the team lost the believe to win cup games.
A 1-0 defeat to Ajax Cape Town in the 2015 MTN8 final was the start of Khosi’s downfall. A few months later, Chiefs lost their second successive final, going down 3-1 to Sundowns in the Telkom Knockout.
MASHAMAITE IS THE LAST CAPTAIN TO LIFT A TROPHY FOR CHIEFS
Tefu Mashamaite was the last captain to lift a trophy for Amakhosi back in 2015. A tall defender led Chiefs to a domestic double but left the club at the end of the historic season to join Swedish team Bollklubben Häcken.
His departure left a huge hole in Kaizer Chiefs’ defence and that showed when they lost two consecutive finals for the first time.