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Fans wipe the tears as Kaizer Chiefs qualify for Caf Confederation Cup

18:01 IST 12/05/2018
Gustavo Paez and Bernard Parker - Kaizer Chiefs
Chiefs will return to continental football for the first time since 2016 after beating Maritzburg United to a third-place finish on the PSL log

Kaizer Chiefs have finished in their highest ever position since the 2014/15 Premier Soccer League season following their 2-1 win over Ajax Cape Town on Saturday afternoon. 

Amakhosi have gone three seasons without a trophy, and this win earns them a spot in the Caf Confederation Cup; their first in many years.

The last time the Soweto giants participated in Africa's second best competition was back in 2014 when they were knockout out by ASEC Mimosas in the play-offs. 

Last season, Chiefs finished fourth on the log and missed out on a spot in the Caf Confederation Cup under the tutelage of former coach Steve Komphela. 

They could only manage a fifth spot the season before - that was Komphela's first season in charge of the Naturena-based outfit. 

Chiefs return to continental football on the same year that Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates will be participating in the Caf Champions League

This means South Africa will have their three best teams flying the flag on the continent.

Despite having started the season slowly and registering a whopping 12 draws, the 12 wins the Naturena-based side picked up were enough to see them finish above Maritzburg United

The Team of Choice needed to win at home to Golden Arrows and hope for a Chiefs draw or lose to make into next year's continental football. 

However, all is not lost for them as they could still qualify for continental football with a win over Free State Stars in the Nedbank Cup final next weekend.

Interim coach Patrick Mabedi would be proud of the team's achievement even though there's no silverware to show for it. 

It remains to be seen if this little success will be enough to secure Mabedi's future at the club ahead of next season.