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20/12/2011 19:30

Sthembiso Ngcobo

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Points shared at Moses Mabhida Stadium

Posted: 20 December 2011 Time: 21:45

Kaizer Chiefs have been held to a 0-0 draw by AmaZulu in their Absa Premiership clash at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Tuesday night.

A win would have sent the Amakhosi to pole position for at least 24 hours but instead they remain in third place, level on points with top two Mamelodi Sundowns and SuperSport (who both play on Wednesday evening) but trailing them both thanks to an inferior goal difference. Usuthu remain in ninth place.

Chiefs dominated the first half and created several opportunities to find the back of the net and take control of the game, but attackers George Lebese and Sthembiso Ngcobo were both guilty of missing glaring chances.

In the 10th minute right winger Mandla Masango provided a perfect cross that took both the AmaZulu backline and goalkeeper Tapuwa Kapini out of the game, but Lebese was unable to turn the ball home for what should have been a straightforward finish.

Ngcobo played off the shoulder of the last defender and got in on goal three times – he found the back of the net on the first occasion but was correctly ruled offside; the other two times he shot wide of the target with only the goalkeeper to beat.

AmaZulu’s attempts to live with Chiefs were further stymied by two unfortunate injuries. Both Tsweu Mokoro and Marc van Heerden had to be replaced in the first half after picking up knocks, resulting in awkward reshuffles in both midfield and defence.

Despite the unsettling effect of losing those two key players, Usuthu’s backline was solid for the rest of the half and their efforts were encapsulated by a heroic block from Belux Bukasa that ensured Lebese was unable to get a shot away when he looked destined to score in the 38th minute.

Amakhosi continued to boss the game in the second half but their dominance was less pronounced, especially as AmaZulu striker Ayanda Dlamini came to life with two good attempts at goal, the first of which was saved by Arthur Bartman while the other required a good block from Jimmy Jambo.

Chiefs boosted their attack with the introductions of Bernard Parker and Lehlohonolo Majoro in the last quarter of the match, though the next good chance again went the way of the hosts and Dlamini, who got on the end of a left-flank cross from Sibusiso Hadebe but was unable to get his header on target at the far post.

Jimmy Tau had a similar chance at the other end in the 84th minute and though he managed to direct a diving header on target after meeting another great ball from Masango, Kapini was in the right place to make his first notable save of the match.

Masango almost scored himself two minutes later, but under pressure from an AmaZulu defender he shot wide of the near post after leading a lightning-quick counter attack down the right wing.

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 10:03 pm
Average players, useless coach and idiotic supporters! Thanks mighty Bucs 4 a wonderful christmas(Telkom). Up the Bucs!
posted: 10:04 pm
I thought they won the lig tittle on the weekend.Crech kids indeed.
posted: 10:04 pm
They thought Bennet would officiate the game. Bribe Khosi bribe
posted: 10:05 pm
Amazulu held by Chiefs would be much better.
posted: 10:10 pm
When I saw sister masango & ausie Ngcobo on da line up, I knew ladies wld donate points tnght. Its like the coach started his job last week whereas he has 4 yrs wid da team. Up the Bucs!
posted: 10:13 pm
The weakest team in the PSL(Pirates Soccer League) is 3rd in the log and going down by a game...
I was expecting an easy win 4 Usuthu but i guess luck wasnt on their side....

Pirates: 2 seasons = 5 trophies

Zimbo fc 2 seasons = 1 trophy

This shows that when you improve the quality of the stadiums, proper teams with proper players will dominate... Football 101 was mastered at the University of Orlando.
posted: 10:13 pm
U probably hav no knowledge abt PSL, it was Amazulus home ground, how cud chiefs b held by usuthu while it's not Soccer City, ask if u dont undastand
posted: 10:14 pm
thn amkhosikazi supporters wil yeyeye title race we stil in it kuphi khona u not championship team u jus place holders thr 4 e mighty buccs
posted: 10:14 pm
majoro + parker - kaizer cows. Fall khosi fall
posted: 10:15 pm
hey wena Miss editor,
the headline should read......
AmaZulu have been
held to a 0-0 draw by
kaizer chiefs.......?

Where is ur home wena editor...?
posted: 10:16 pm
I blamed mr Vivian mhen he said Zebra fans were crech kids,now im proven wrong.Winning the lig with 16 games to go?AmaZulu are cows indeed,how can they fail to beat these average players?A team with worst cows booed even by their crech kids fans?
posted: 10:17 pm
I,m happy that our enemies recognise that Chiefs is a big brand and expect us to win even our away games.
posted: 10:18 pm
Jerry so far chiefs has 79 cup wins, pirates has 34, google ''orlando pirates wikipedia'' and then google ''kaizer chiefs wikipedia'' the go 2 club honours of every team, thanx
posted: 10:18 pm
I think VV don't want 2 win that game
posted: 10:19 pm
The zebras are blowing hot and cold and i am not scared because in the second round kuzokhala umuntu when we start collecting maximum points and by the way how many goals has Parker scored since returning from warming the grand stands overseas.Tomorrow we are closing 2012 in style as the mighty of them all.Once and always until family business plays with a starting eleven of mzansi born players only.
posted: 10:22 pm
@ Lordjerry
Hey wena ngwana wa magosha ke wena the PSL was not formed last season mpya ke wena jou moer. How many cups have you won in ur 75 yrs of existence compared to Chiefs,s 40 years jou houtkop ?
posted: 10:23 pm
This team has always been weak..... Players like Nomvete, Pule left Zimbo fc without winning the league title...

Zimbo fc went a full 12 years without a league title

1992-2004: Zimbo fc = 0 league title

1992-2004: Pirates = 3 league titles (1994, 2001 and 2003)

And they are well on their way to beat their own record its 7 years already and counting... Amabhakaniya Ajabulile... Football 101 was mastered at the University of Orlando.
posted: 10:24 pm
Which position does sister cowparker plays? I though he wld make way 4 da gay motaung jnr when subs were made. Where is da gay Dladla & sister Khune? I knw Gorilla yeye is being exhibited at JHB Joo. Da gay Tau was better & covered by memaids from Zimbabwe. Once and always until vivian resigns, Up the Bucs!
posted: 10:25 pm
Its only a fool who beleived VV's remarks about great christmas gift shld Zebras be on top. It wld be worse if it wasnt for that thug referee Bernett against FS.
posted: 10:27 pm
@Tzozo-Can you please read my comment on 2011-12-20 22:16 and see what we expected to be the result.
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