Willard Katsande of Kaizer Chiefs challenged by Khama Billiat of Mamelodi Sundowns during the Absa Premiership 2016/17 match between Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns at the FNB Stadium, South Africa on 01 April 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Warriors captain and Baroka Chiefs goalie Elvis Chipezeze said he feels sorry for his compatriots, the Kaizer Chiefs duo of Khama Billiat and Willard Katsande after they failed to win the 2019/20 Absa Premiership.

Baroka held Chiefs to a 1-1 draw on Saturday, a result which ensured the former survived relegation.

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By failing to beat Baroka, Amakhosi allowed Mamelodi Sundowns to clinch the Championship and extend their own title drought with another year.

Chipezeze said they were focused on avoiding the playoffs rather than on who won the title. He said:

Actually l feel bad for them but you know in this game like l always say when you’re in the jungle you have to work for what you have.

They were on top for a long time and losing it like that must be heartbreaking for them and l feel sorry for them but we also wanted to survive, that’s how football is.

So credit must go to the boys they worked hard because it was a battle between those that wanted to win the championship and those who wanted to survive.

And you know what happens when you want to survive, you just do anything so that you survive.

The former Chicken Inn goalkeeper is, however, not happy with having to fight to avoid the chop every season.

He expressed his desire to finish at a respectable position in the upcoming season.-Pindula


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