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Black Leopards goalkeeper Mashudu Mamphitha and Kaizer Motaung Jnr clash.

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Chiefs slip against Leopards

Posted: 22 December 2007 Time: 22:38

Kaizer Chiefs drew their ninth out of 15 Absa Premiership games when Black Leopards held them to a 1-1 draw at the Loftus Stadium on Saturday night.

Siphiwe Tshabalala netted for Chiefs in the 14th minute and Robert Ng'ambi got the equaliser for Leopards in the 72nd.

Mandla Masango mesmerised the Leopards defence and then played an inch-perfect cross to the far post which Tshabalala rammed home with his head. The Chiefs faithful were delighted and their team turned on the style, but it was not long before Leopards had them pinned in their own half.

Leopards' industrious midfielder Fischer Kondowe missed a glorious chance from a Luvhengo Mungomeni cross just after the half-hour mark.

Leopards' winger Christopher Netshidzivhe and playmaker Jabulani Maluleke also gave Chiefs defenders a torrid time on the flanks, but Itumeleng Khune snatched their crosses easily as his backline struggled to contain them.

As the half came to an end Leopards pressed hard but could not get the equaliser despite commanding the game.

Leopards continued to press on in the second half but mistimed shots and glaring misses let them down.

But Leopards played a meticulous passing game that Chiefs could not match and when they got forward through the assistance of former Amakhosi striker Sibusiso Dlamini, Chiefs backline watched as he helped set-up the equaliser.

Dlamini held off Fabian McCarthy, slipped a pass to Peter Mponda, who dissected the hosts with a pass that Ng’ambi expected as he casually stroked home.

Suddenly Chiefs attacked with more vigour but Leopards defence was calm under pressure and thwarted their routes to goal. Kondowe at the other end was still wasteful as he blew two more chances and Netshidzivhe too shot wide to save Chiefs from another loss.

Previous comments on this story...

Anonymous
posted: 03:43 am
As always, Chiefs continues to be an ordinary team. I dont think Ertugral's policy is working at Chiefs. We need to spend this break making a very complete overhaul. We need quality strikers. We need an attack minded team that can also defend as a unit. We need a team that is not going to be content with a 1-0 lead. I wouldnt mind to see J Maluleke joining us. That boy is quality, and im afraid Pirates will take him and fail to use him.We cannot continue the way we are playing. Our striking department needs a big shake up. They are not doing the job the three of them. We need to find a deadly striker. We need a quick and direct player. Right now we have Khanyeza who just runs like a headless chicken. We have a striking duo of Junior and Shaun that doesnt seem to understand each other. A team struggling to score cannot start with 1 striker in front. we really need dynamic players. We need to hold on to the ball for a while. We need to keep up the pressure. We have the most obnoxious distribution of the curve. Check our ball possession. At one point we were 52, 42, 48, 44%. It really is so embarrassing. We need a team that is ready to die on the field. Ertugral got rid of Scara, and i still wonder whether he is justified for that. Ted used that boy to destroy teams. Remember the day he harassed Phil Evans of Supersport. All Scara needed was proper guidance. Mushini has no patience. Lets face it, Chiefs cannot bite as much as they used to during those days of the team that once destroyed Qwaqwa stars. Remember when We had Maphike, Mthimkhulu, Freeze, Shane, Chippa, etc. The day the boys entertained us with those heels. Remember when we destroyed Rangers. What happened to that team. Maybe the approach changed. Maybe having more shareholders changed things. Chiefs is more of business now. We are really now doing enough in terms of bringing back the glory days. Remember the team that beat Moroka Swallows in a game we seemed destined to lose, until Khumalo and McGregor snatched the game for us in the last 5 minutes. Those were the days. Youngsters are ok. But we need quality now. we need Khosis for life. We need players who know what our culture is. Players like the Ausebs. We need players to fight for this team. Remember the team that beat Cosmos the day Masinga almost stole the show. Lets face it, football in SA is not longer the same. I remember Chancy Gondwe, Mike Ntombela, Noel Cousin, Legodi, ChakaChaka Mpondo, Khuse, Khumalo, Sekano, Chinchwa, Kambule, Mark Tovey, Jerry 'munt' aka lahlwa Legs of thunder' Skhosana, Botsotso Makhanya, Helman Mkhelele, Dumisa Ngobe, Bricks and Daniel Mudau, Bennet and Phillimon Masinga, the late Bazooka, Ayashisa amateki Bashin Mahlangu, should i carry on? Remember Peter Gordon at Wits. Remember Les Grobler. Remember Six mabone. Remember, Dladla, Ntsoelengo, Gary Bailey, oh come on. Those were the days. When there was no pattern. We had number 6 with free role. Number 7 running on the right. Number 11 on the left. Number 10 supporting 11. Number 9 on the box. 8 supporting number 7. Then you have 3 and 2 on the left and right respectively. Number 5 a sweeper. Then 4 in front of him. It was always 4-3-3 with so much fun. Weekends were the best then. Now watching rugby feel so much fun than going to watch Chiefs play for a draw. Its painful but its the truth.
Anonymous
posted: 04:51 am
Ertugral should take the blame if chiefs dont reach the top eight.He offloaded scara someone who had the passion to win chiefs games when ever we as fans needed it.TO mR eRtugral chiefs will never be chiefs without players that threatens opposition like Asante did before u came in.Cant you see that with TED and scara CHIEFS were chiefs..and medindraw came in he benched scara he got same results as you are doing now..then you came its now worse than ever.Good luck you Ertugral and Motaung see you in playoffs.Top 8 forget. Scara dont worry one team will get you and i know we will still enjoy watching your magic.I pray god that you are taken by the team that will one day have a deciding game against chiefs for them to go to playoffs and you do them the same as you have done to suppersports in cup final..youb take them there and i promise you scara they will buy you right after the game to rescue them.
Anonymous
posted: 01:06 pm
I am a chiefs supporter. For the past two to three, I have probably the worst Kaizer Chiefs team. They are ordinary, no style and not imposing to their opponents. I am a sure not all chiefs expect the team to win every they undertake. What is of concern, it is display of football meted out on the picture. If a team loses playing with guts, style and all, a lot of us will go home satisfied. Kaizer must fork out money and start getting players. Otherwise will always be a lotto team, winning only cup games.
Anonymous
posted: 06:54 pm
Let's face it. Muhsin is not the one for Chiefs just as Middendorp wasn't! It is the true, if anyone thinks things will improve I am afraid it will be in another era - post Etugral!! I just hope Kaizer is smart enough to realize that. He has an annoying tendency of letting things go bad in the name of stability and professionalism. Chiefs is at best very ordinary. Forget the cups they win every season, a farmer can coach chiefs to a cup glory every season. What I am saying is that Middendorp & Muhsin didn't do anything out of the ordinary to get those cups. I repeat, things will never get better under Muhsin. No offense to him but he is just not the one for Chiefs.
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