Chiefs draw with Baroka in Durban
Posted: 2 November 2016 Time: 18:24
Kaizer Chiefs missed the chance to go top of the log after a goalless Absa Premiership draw against Baroka FC at Moses Mabhida Stadium on Wednesday.
Amakhosi coach Steve Komphela made three team changes to the team that played in the Soweto Derby, bringing in left-back Tsepo Masilela, midfielder Siphiwe Tshabalala and striker Edward Manqele in place of Sibusiso Khumalo, William Twala and Michelle Katsvairo.
An expectant crowd at Moses Mabhida Stadium were treated to a lot of neat possession football from Chiefs in the opening 20 minutes as the home side pushed and probed, but without much effect in the final third.
Baroka were happy to sit back to soak up the pressure and play on the counter-attack as Hendrick Ekstein pulled some strings from midfield, but it was not until the 31st minute that Chiefs' first real chance came when Erick Mathoho headed Keagan Buchanan's inswinging free-kick from the left over the bar.
Edward Manqele had a few shots at goal when given the opportunity, one of which took a deflection and was just about kept our by Baroka goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke, from a tight angle.
Bakgaga had the best chance of the match just before half-time when Lorenzo Gordinho missed a routine header before Mathoho was too slow to make the tackle, diving in too early, which allowed Baroka through on goal three versus one against Itumeleng Khune, but the cross was delayed and then too strong as the Amakhosi defence got back in time.
In the second half Khune had to be alert to keep out a swerving Sipho Moeti shot from long range. 'Spiderkid' showed great agility to throw himself through the air and couldn't have known the shot was heading wide. He was also on point to save several Baroka shots, none of which troubled him any further.
The longer the game went on with the score still 0-0, the more Kgoloko Thobejane's side grew in confidence as Chiefs struggled to put them to the sword and create real chances.
The closest the Glamour Boys came were from a couple of inswinging corner-kicks from Siphiwe Tshabalala, the second of which was headed over the bar in the 67th minute by substutite Katsvairo, who had just been introduced.
Baroka defended fiercely in the final minutes and also had their moments on the counter-attack as Chiefs failed to break their defence down, with Katsvairo missing their brightest chance when he went through on goal but then miscontrolled the ball trying to beat the last defender.
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