Usuthu hold Chiefs to draw
Posted: 5 December 2007 Time: 23:06
AmaZulu held 10-man Kaizer Chiefs to a 1-1 draw in an Absa Premier League fixture at the Absa Stadium in Durban on Wednesday night.
Kaizer Motaung Jnr handed the Amakhosi the lead, with former Chiefs star John ‘Shoes’ Moshoeu netting for Usuthu. Chiefs were also reduced to 10 men when Onismor Bhasera received his marching orders in the second half.
Although the opening stages of the match was littered with fouls, both sides showed a very attacking approach to the game.
The first real chance of the game came in the 21st minute when Derrick Spencer headed just over from a corner by Siphiwe Tshabalala.
AmaZulu almost opened the scoring four minutes later when Moshoeu’s cross found Bafo Biyela inside the area, but the midfielder’s shot was superbly saved by Emille Baron.
Motaung Jnr almost put Chiefs ahead on the stroke of half-time when he rose highest to latch onto a cross by Jimmy Tau, but the striker’s effort sailed over the bar.
The match remained goalless at the break.
Motaung Jnr made no mistake in the 52nd minute when he handed Chiefs the lead after heading home a corner by Tshabalala.
But the visitors’ joy was short-lived as AmaZulu drew level three minutes later, with Moshoeu slotting home from inside the area after receiving a pass from Masoeng Sillo.
Muhsin Ertugral brought on David Obua for David Mathebula in the 57th minute and the Ugandan almost restored the Amakhosi’s lead within seconds of being introduced when he headed over from a Thuso Phala free-kick.
Chiefs were reduced to 10 men in the 80th minute when Onismor Bhasera received a straight red card for a professional foul.
The hosts finished the stronger of the two sides as they looked to capitalise on their numerical advantage, but it was not to be, as Chiefs held out to secure the point.