The Absa Premiership title race remains wide open after Kaizer Chiefs suffered a 3-1 loss at the hands of Bloemfontein Celtic on Wednesday night.
At Tuks Stadium Erick Mathoho headed Chiefs in front in the 35th minute, and the benefits of Amakhosi’s dramatic 3-2 comeback against Polokwane City on the weekend, and second-placed Mamelodi Sundowns capitulating 1-0 to Cape Town City on Monday, appeared set to be a nine-point lead.
Strikes from chunky striker Motebang Sera either side of the break (45th and 48th) and Celtic’s other danger man Victor Letsoalo’s third in the 74th, left the league wide open again.
So fragile were Chiefs, and indecisive in response and decision-making coach Ernst Middendorp from the bench, that it was not just a six-point lead they had to settle for, with Sundowns enjoying a game in hand, but a weak performance also would have sapped at the overall confidence.
Free State outfit secured a vital win while Chiefs miss the chance to move nine points clear of Mamelodi Sundowns. The defeat for Kaizer Chiefs will allow Mamelodi Sundowns to reduce the gap if they can beat maritzburg United on friday. kaizen chiefs will next face Stellenbosch on Sunday 23 August before meeting Sundowns on 27th August.