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SA SOCCER NEWS
Castle Premiership Mid-Season Review 22/12/03
Kaizer Chiefs go into the Christmas break as the countrys form team - the Amakhosi are top of the table and well on their way to winning their first title in 11 years. The last time that Chiefs won the title was in 1992, when they swept all before them in an all-conquering season.

So far Chiefs have played 18 matches in all competitions and lost only twice. Most importantly they have conceded only five goals in that time, a fantastic record that looks set to take them all the way this season.

Chiefs go into the break a point ahead of Ajax, but have a game in hand over the Cape side who have had a fantastic turnaround this season. Exactly this time last season Ajax were rock bottom on the table and seemingly heading for relegation.

They avoided the relegation axe on the last day of the season, when they held Sundowns to a draw in Pretoria. This season the acquisition of four Congolese internationals has seen the side undergo a major transformation. Amoung the stars this season has been Mulelekayi Kanku who has scored four times so far.

As things stand now, Ajax look set to challenge Chiefs strongly for the league title. One club that really seems to be struggling is Sundowns, and the Brazilians end the year with a defeat to Hellenic, a team that had not won a match all season.

The Brazilians have not been able to get things together this season, and went into the Christmas break having picked up only 13 out of a possible 42 points.

Several players have also stood out when it comes to the goalscoring stakes with two players leading the stakes. At the start of the season, nobody would have predicted that Marawaan Bantam and Kaizer Chiefs veteran John Shoes Moshoeu would be the countrys leading marksmen going into the Christmas break.

Bantam is in his first full season with Santos, and has so far impressed with his composure in front of goal, while Moshoeu has been a revelation in a Chiefs in what has been a great comeback.

But while these two players are with teams at the top of the table, they are being chased by a man whose club is in the relegation zone. Zulu Royals striker Jacky Ledwaba has scored five times in a side that have only scored 14 goals so far this season, a great strike rate for any striker.

But the tall striker will have to bang in a whole lot more if his side hopes to avoid relegation at the end of the season.

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