Kaizer Chiefs: Exploring 5 Reasons Why the 2023/24 Season Was the Worst in the Amakhosi’s History

Kaizer Chiefs: Exploring 5 Reasons Why the 2023/24 Season Was the Worst in the Amakhosi’s History

Byron Pillay
May 27, 2024 at 9:45 AM
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  • Kaizer Chiefs will miss out on next season’s MTN 8 competition after finishing 10th
  • The Amakhosi only scored 25 goals this season and conceded 30 in their 30 games
  • Chiefs ended with 36 points, only six more than Richards Bay in the relegation zone

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Are things going from bad to worse for Kaizer Chiefs?

Not only does the club’s trophy drought continue, they also endured arguably the worst season in its history.

Kaizer Chiefs experienced their worst season in the league in the club's long history.
The 2023/24 season proved to be the worst in Kaizer Chiefs' history due to five major reasons. Image: @sabelostorm.
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Sports Brief looks at five reasons why the 2023/24 season was the worst for the club.

5 ways Kaizer Chiefs failed this season

Lowest finish to a season

In a league of only 16 teams, finishing in 10th is not something Kaizer Chiefs fans will be happy about.

The Amakhosi’s 10th-place finish is also their worst finish to a league season.

Having been in eighth place going into the final day, Chiefs suffered a 2-0 loss to Cape Town Spurs and failed to qualify for next season’s MTN 8 competition.

Fewest goals scored

Chiefs have struggled to find the back of the net this season, contributing to them only winning nine of their 30 games.

The Glamour Boys have nine attackers in their squad, but they could only score 25 goals all season. Ashley du Preez was the club’s top scorer with six strikes.

Spurs, who were relegated this season, scored 43 in their 30 games.

Joint lowest points total

After 30 games in the season, Chiefs could only finish with 36 points.

The dismal total was only six more than Richards Bay, a team that will compete in the relegation/promotion playoff.

Chiefs also finished 37 points behind the eventual DStv Premiership winners, Mamelodi Sundowns.

Worst goal difference in a season

To add to their woes this season, Chiefs conceded more goals than they scored.

The Soweto-based side scored only 25 goals but conceded 30 in 30 games.

Only six sides finished with a goal difference worse than the club’s GD of -5.

Joint worse record defeat

On May 2, the Amakhosi welcomed Sundowns to the FNB Stadium, looking to end their unbeaten streak.

Things did not go to plan for the Soweto-based side as they were thrashed 5-1 by the Brazilians, ESPN noted.

To make matters worse, Sundowns won the league title, thanks to that win. It marked Chiefs’ joint-worst defeat in the DStv Premiership era, tied with the 5-1 loss they suffered at the hands of AmaZulu in 2012.

5 players linked with Chiefs

Sports Brief previously reported on the five players who were linked with a move to the Soweto-based side.

Chiefs will be getting a new coach in the summer and will look to bring in a few new faces at the same time.

The Amakhosi struggled to score goals this season and have also been linked with a move for a new striker.

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Byron Pillay is a sports writer and Head of the Department at Sports Brief (joined in 2022) with over 10 years of experience in community journalism and a degree in journalism from Caxton's Cadet School.
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