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Posted: 25 November 2014 Time: 19:09

Kaizer Chiefs missed a succession of chances, and ultimately had Man of the Match Brilliant Khuzwayo to thank for a goalless Absa Premiership draw against Polokwane City at Peter Mokaba Stadium.

Bernard Parker, Mandla Masango and Kingston Nkhatha in particular missed a number of clear-cut chances as the runaway leaders played out their third draw of the League season.

Polokwane City were unchanged, but Stuart Baxter had made three changes coming into the match – with Morgan Gould, George Maluleka and Bernard Parker all brought in.

And Chiefs threatened right from the first minute, when Nkhatha beat one defender and fired a low shot which Modiri Marumo tipped round the post.

The hosts were playing some nice, attacking football without creating any real chances, while Chiefs kept missing opportunities at the other end.

On 13 minutes a cross from the right looked destined for the back of the net, only for Nkhatha to miss a free header. However, the ball dropped to George Lebese, but he scuffed his shot.

Maxwell Molala produced a great block to deny Parker moments later, before Polokwane had their first real chance – a long-range curler which went just over the crossbar.

Nkhatha missed an even better chance on 20 minutes when he beat Marumo to Siphiwe Tshabalala’s cross, but again his header was wide.

Chiefs looked certain to score 10 minutes before the break when Marumo dropped George Maluleka’s cross at Shabba’s feet, but Lebohang Motumi blocked the midfielder’s goalbound shot.

The Amakhosi should have been in front on 38 minutes, and again Marumo was the culprit. He missed a deep cross and then lost the ball to Nkhatha, who bundled the ball over the line. However, referee Victor Gomes ruled that there had been a foul.

Chiefs fans will be left scratching their heads how they didn’t score at least one goal straight after the break.

First Parker played in Lebese, but Marumo redeemed himself with an excellent reflex save, before Parker inexplicably missed from right in front of goal with only the keeper to beat.

Lebese looked certain to make the third chance in as many minutes count when he was played in, but once again Marumo was up to the task with a one-handed save.

But then suddenly the momentum swung back to Polokwane, who almost took the lead on the hour-mark when a quick counter ended with Esau Kanyenda testing Khuzwayo, but he produced an excellent reflex save.

The goalkeeper then dived full-stretch to keep out a long-range Jabu Maluleke drive, before the impressive Cole Alexander volleyed just wide from the edge of the area.

Then the miss of the season with 15 minutes to go… Shabba showed great skill and a turn of pace to beat a defender before crossing with his weaker right foot. But Nkhatha, two yards from goal and with the keeper out of play, only managed to deflect the ball wide.

With three minutes to go, Polokwane thought they had won it, only for Khuzwayo to save four times in quick succession – three of those from point-blank range.

The two teams kept going at it, but ultimately had to settle for one of the most thrilling goalless draws in recent history.

HOME: Polokwane City

Coach: Kosta Papic
Formation: four two two two

AWAY: Kaizer Chiefs

Coach: Stuart Baxter
Formation: four four two

Livefyre comments on this story...

Motha
posted: 2014-11-26 09:58:51

Sbu_UpTheBucs @Bongz # Bucs Nkatha is the false striker

Motha
posted: 2014-11-26 09:59:22

Nkatha the chiefs false striker.


Bucs till i join Senzo

Lufunot
posted: 2014-11-26 10:01:10

I am still hurt, last night I just feel like getting in the field and put the ball in the back of the net myself but its football what can we say, some even miss when its difficult to miss.

boss zonke IV
posted: 2014-11-26 10:02:14

plk city were using a strong muthi

Scener
posted: 2014-11-26 10:29:42

Sbu_UpTheBucs

CHIEFS ALWAYS PLAYS WITH 9 MAN ON THE FIELD NKATHA IS OUR OPPONENT THAT WE ARE USING IN FRONT OF THE BOX TO PLAY THE ON THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION. HE IS THE SAME AS MABENA AT PIRATES


Scener
posted: 2014-11-26 10:31:38

15 skippers #boss zonke

NO MUTI AT ALL BUT BAXTER THINKS CAN IMPROVE NKATHA PERFOMANCE BY GIVING SOO MUCH GAME TIME LIKE HE DID ON KATSANDE


boss zonke IV
posted: 2014-11-26 10:46:37

Scener 15 skippers #boss zonke i thnk dt ws nkhatha lst game!! i thnk he has proven dt he is no willing to score dis season,,

panyaza01
posted: 2014-11-26 11:33:33

Magaya! sthizozozuma thnx a lot Khosi, this blog is full of hypocrites!...i cant still come to terms with the way our players missed their chances.i cant single out Nkatha as most of  our players left their scoring boots at home.Damn that Nkatha miss...eish i just have to support my team and hope next time they will do better.we really dropped 2pts thats a loss makhosi and i hope we wont come to rue this game come the end of the season...but i remain Khosified forever...

Magaya Azidlele
posted: 2014-11-26 11:42:04

metalwolf Magaya! I cant read all of this coz you keep repeating yourself, suffice to say, again it's your view that the pressure is "more on the team that enjoyed the number 1". Listen to that statement carefully, "enjoyed", that means they no longer enjoy number 1. the difference here is that KC is enjoying number 1, hence i was saying "i dont know how so". You must then understand the gravity of your contrasting views in the quest for pushing a point home. ..this time, you are not hitting home at all, i just sense frustration.

Forever Fearless,

metalwolfofficial
posted: 2014-11-26 11:56:13

Magaya! metalwolf You got me spot on. I dont know what are you complaining about. The pressure is on the team upfront not to be overtaken. 


But your tense play carries little information, so i ignored it to focus on tense-agnostic implications of your thoughts.  So guys, the rich guy is more under pressure than a broke guy because a rich guy have to worry about not being broke but a broke guy is already broke whereas being broke from being rich is just not pleasant at all. That is in layman's terms what I have been trying to drill down into your skull. And my reasoning have nothing to do with KC that you are busy defending. It only happens that KC is the team sitting at the top of the log, lol. 



Paggos
posted: 2014-11-26 12:03:02

Now that Maluleka is back, can you (Baxter) please bring back that MALEMA formation pretty please!!!!!!!

Rocka
posted: 2014-11-26 12:06:37

Nkatha's work rate is second to none however high work rate alone is not enough and will not do any good to his confidence, he needs to at least start scoring 1 or 2 out of all the chances he gets esp the sitters


*Bucs Fan*

Wavhudi
posted: 2014-11-26 12:35:54

Paggos Unfortunately Baxter believes in names and reputations....He is prepared to die for Shabba and Parker. When Baxter is good he can be very very good, when he flops, he prefers the lowest level available....that's Baxter for you!!

msentilicious4BUCS
posted: 2014-11-26 14:10:26

Hmmmmmm!!!!!  2 many draws now, why?

khosibybirth
posted: 2014-11-26 14:23:04

Baxter please listen, stop your loyalty to Parker and Tshabalala. You have always waiting for an opportunity to drop Maluleka, his injury did it for you. After his performance in Polokwane, you have no choice but to reinstate him to his starting berth. Though we drew, we haven't been that buzzing in a while, George gave us back the magic.

MASAMPEBEN
posted: 2014-11-27 10:07:58

papasol MASAMPEBEN  that ref always do kak when ever he is officiating our game.





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