Kaizer Chiefs Cape Town City PSL Absa Premiership match report
Posted: 29 November 2016 Time: 18:12
Cape Town City went top of the Absa Premiership although they were unable to get better than a 1-1 draw against a Kaizer Chiefs side that spent the better part of the game a man down at the FNB Stadium.
Michelle Katsvairo netted the only goal of the first stanza and things appeared to be going well for a side that are winless in six but Sibusiso Khumalo was shown a red by Victor Gomes just past the half-hour mark to increase the difficulty of their task.
The first half ended in controversy as City were denied a legitimate goal but they came out of the break and netted one that did stand as Matthew Sim added to the goal he got against Chiefs in the MTN8.
Chiefs took the lead very early into proceedings through slightly fortuitous circumstances as George Maluleka's low drive from outside the box took a touch of Katsvairo that diverted it past Walters who had already committed to diving the other direction.
City were not looking as fluid as usual in the early stages but they did have an opportunity to hit back in the eighth minute when the Chiefs defence stood off Mokeke who decided to have a go from range that forced a smart save from Khune.
The home side should have doubled their advantage only moments after that scare but Chirambadare showed too much hesitancy after finding himself clean through on Walters' goal and the big stopper got down low to save at the feet of the on-rushing attacker.
The Mother City's newest professional outfit worked hard after that moment to establish themselves but Chiefs always had numbers behind the ball and posed a threat on the break.
As the half neared its midway point Austrain midfielder Roland Putsche opted to have a go from a long way out and almost caught Khune out but the Glamour Boys' number one goal minder held the vicious dipping shot at the second attempt.
The complexion of the game changed drastically in the 27th minute as Sibusiso Khumalo, on his return to the starting line-up, was given his marching orders for a later challenger on Mkhize.
However, in the aftermath of the incident it was Chiefs who had more control of possession, working hard to cater for their numerical disadvantage.
In the 33rd minute Lebese was guilty of missing an excellent chance as Tshabalala cut in from the right before feeding the winger who could not calculate the required trajectory needed to score.
Steve Komphela's men continued to pour it on as the half neared its conclusion and had the opposition defence scrambling on a number of occasions, in particular after quick thinking from a throw in freed Mphahlele but the angle was too tight for him to squeeze the ball past Walters.
City came out of the tunnel and unsurprisingly looked brighter than their host with the pressure eventually paying off as they levelled matters in the 53rd minute.
The goal came courtesy of Sim as City, like Chiefs in the opening moments of the first-half, benefitted from a deflection with the Australian's long-range effort flying off Gordinho's knee and looping over Khune.
Just past the hour-mark the Amakhosi number one kept his side in it as he produced an excellent one-handed save to deny Lehlohonolo Majoro.
The hosts were then dealt another blow as Khune could not shake off a knock incurred in saving Majoro's shot and he was replaced by Brilliant Khuzwayo.
Eric Tinkler's men did their best to try and test the new man between the sticks but an under-pressure Chiefs side did well to protect their goalkeeper whilst City were also wasteful at times.
HOME: Kaizer Chiefs
Coach: Steve Komphela
AWAY: Cape Town City
Coach: Eric Tinkler