Kaizer Chiefs make worst start to a league season in almost a decade
Kaizer Chiefs’ disappointing 1-1 draw at Baroka FC on Tuesday marks the worst start to a new Absa Premiership season in nine years for the Soweto giants‚ who are desperate to rediscover former glories this campaign.
It is also their second worst league start ever since the formation of the Premier Soccer League in the 1996/97 campaign and illustrates that there will be no quick fix for new coach Giovanni Solinas‚ despite the extravagant signing of Khama Billiat that was meant to solve the side’s goalscoring woes.
Tuesday’s point was preceded by a draw with Mamelodi Sundowns by the same scoreline and a 3-1 home defeat to Bidvest Wits‚ which leaves Chiefs with just two points from their opening three games of the league campaign.
The only time they have made a worst start after three games was the 2009/10 season‚ when the team finished third‚ as they managed just a single point after a draw with Santos (0-0) and defeats to SuperSport United and Wits‚ both by 1-0 scorelines.
They managed to stop the rot that year with a 3-2 victory away at AmaZulu‚ while this season their next opportunity is also in KwaZulu-Natal against winless Maritzburg United on Friday.
That is followed by a home game against Steve Komphela’s Bloemfontein Celtic and a tough away trip to Cape Town City.
Solinas has blamed a hectic schedule that will see his side play five games in 15 days – including their 3-0 win over Free State Stars in the MTN8 quarterfinals last weekend – for the teams struggles in the league so far this season.
"These fixtures and this calendar are for robots‚ not human beings‚" he told reporters after the Baroka clash.
"It’s not possible to play every two days and travel. We travel four hours and play Friday‚ there is no time to recover and no time for training.
"It’s a big problem but this is a schedule we have to accept and we will try to give our best to win the game [against Maritzburg] and to play well."
KAIZER CHIEFS’ POINTS FROM THREE GAMES IN THE PSL ERA
1996/97 - 9 points
1997/98 - 4 points
1998/99 - 4 points
1999/00 - 7 points
2000/01 - 9 points
2001/02 - 9 points
2002/03 - 3 points
2003/04 - 7 points
2004/05 - 9 points
2005/06 - 5 points
2006/07 - 3 points
2007/08 - 4 points
2008/09 - 3 points
2009/10 - 1 point
2010/11 - 7 points
2011/12 - 9 points
2012/13 - 7 points
2013/14 - 4 points
2014/15 - 9 points
2015/16 - 7 points
2016/17 - 4 points
2017/18 - 4 points
2018/19 - 2 points