MTN8: FIVE teams in contention for final spot – are Kaizer Chiefs favourites?

With just one full round of fixtures remaining in the 2023/24 DStv Premiership season, seven teams have already booked their places in next season’s MTN8 tournament.

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As the name suggests, only the top eight teams at the conclusion of this season will qualify for next season’s MTN8.

Seven teams have confirmed their spots, with Kaizer Chiefs currently hanging on for dear life in the eighth and final position.

FINAL SPOT DECIDED ON SATURDAY

If the season were to finish today, Mamelodi Sundowns, Stellenbosch FC, Orlando Pirates, TS Galaxy, SuperSport United, Sekhukhune United, Cape Town City FC and Kaizer Chiefs would all qualify for a share of the MTN8 riches.

Such a scenario would see the following matches take place:

Mamelodi Sundowns vs Kaizer Chiefs

Stellenbosch FC vs Cape Town City FC

Orlando Pirates vs Sekhukhune United

TS Galaxy vs SuperSport United

The eighth and final place will be decided on the final day of the season, Saturday, 25 May.

KAIZER CHIEFS COULD MISS OUT

Heading into the final day, no fewer than five teams are still in contention, and the permutations are simple (if you win):

Kaizer Chiefs: win by a margin of 1 more than AmaZulu, 4 more than Polokwane City

AmaZulu: win by a margin of 2 more than Kaizer Chiefs, 3 more than Polokwane City

Polokwane City: win by a margin of 5 more than Kaizer Chiefs, 3 more than AmaZulu

Arrows: win and hope all three of Kaizer Chiefs, AmaZulu, Polokwane don’t win

Chippa: win and hope all four of Kaizer Chiefs, AmaZulu, Polokwane, Arrows don’t win

Kaizer Chiefs, AmaZulu and Polokwane City can still make it if they lose their final game, but the permutations would get a bit more complex for all!

Amakhosi hold their destiny in their own hands and, on paper at least, have the easiest of the final day fixtures against relegated Cape Town Spurs.

They could also end the season in 12th place if things go badly wrong!

Time will tell.

Orlando Pirates are the MTN8 defending champions.

The overall winner will bank R8 million with the seven other participating teams all taking home R800 000 for an overall payout of R13.6 million.

WHO WILL BE THE 8TH TEAM TO QUALIFY FOR NEXT SEASON’S MTN8?

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