By NAKAMPE LEKWADU
KAIZER Chiefs could find themselves R17 million if their dream to achieve double before the downing of the 2012/13 season.
The Naturena-based side are only one foot closer to achieve their first dream, winning the Nedbank Cup for the very first time after they easily sailed to the final match of the Ke Yona Cup at the expense of the National First Division (NFD) side, United FC whom they beat 2-1 in the semi-final match played this evening at the FNB stadium. George Lebese and Lehlogonolo Majoro scored for Chiefs with Walter Maponyane scoring the consolation goal after converting from a penalty spot.
This was is for the first time that the mighty Amakhosi have gone past the quarter-final stage of Ke Yona Cup since its inauguration in 2008, owing it to clubs from the lower divisions which have proved to be a problem to them. First Chiefs crushed out of the competition in 2009 when they lost to University of Pretoria (then in the NFD) before they could lose to another NFD side, FC Cape Town in 2010 and then to the Vodacom League side Baroka FC in 2011.
Tonight’s victory over United came as a relieve for Chiefs who recently dropped five points in two league matches after they played to a 1-1 draw against second placed Platinum Stars before they could lose 3-1 to Ajax Cape Town. Before these two matches, Chiefs were on top of the log with 7 points clear from Platinum Stars who are now second with 53 points, only 3 points behind the Stuart Baxter’s coached side.
Back to their league title dream which has been eluded them for the past eight years, Chiefs will have to regroup and win at least one of their remaining two league matches against SuperSport United at home (Peter Mokaba Stadium on May 15) and University of Pretoria (away on May 18) to realise their dream of lifting the league title. This will be possible even if Stars can win all their remaining two league games against Golden Arrows and SuperSport United because they will be level on 59 points with Chiefs taking the glory on goal difference because they are on +28 as opposed to Stars’ 18, unless if Dikwena can score more than 10 goals in the two matches.