Chiefs extend winless streak to six
Posted: 23 November 2016 Time: 18:33
Kaizer Chiefs and SuperSport United played to an entertaining 1-1 draw in an Absa Premiership clash at FNB Stadium on Wednesday.
SuperSport created the better openings in the first 20 minutes as the Chiefs defence wobbled during transitions but the game was always open as both sides attacked with intent, leaving open space for counter-attacks.
Thabo Mnyamane had the first chance of the game in the opening minute when he played a one-two with Bradley Grobler and found himself six yards out at a tight angle, but he could only shoot wide, and a gilt-edged opportunity was lost.
Stuart Baxter's side continued to look more threatening and got their reward on the half-hour mark, this time Mnyamane coming up with a brilliant finish on the stretch to convert Jeremy Brockie's excellent cross from the right.
But almost immediately Chiefs found a response as George Maluleka fed Edmore Chirambadare in the area, the Zimbabwean's first-time touch found George Lebese with his back to goal, and the winger produced a clever quick-turn and finish to restore parity.
From that point onward the game totally opened up, end-to-end action, with Chiefs growing in stature and dominating possession and shots as the half drew to a close.
Reyaad Pieterse produced two fine saves to deny Maluleka and Ramahlwe Mphahlele, while a Willard Katsande shot also took a huge deflection before coming back off the woodwork.
At the other end Itumeleng Khune earned his money by keeping out Bradley Grobler on two occasions, the first time a routine save at his near post in the 27th minute and the second time when he came off his line just before half-time to put the striker off the finish after Grobler produced a skilful turn to bamboozle Lorenzo Gordinho, who had been having a poor game.
The coaches must have had a word with their teams about the open-ended nature of the match as the second half was a far more restrictive affair, with both sides tightening up at the back yet still attacking with intent.
Steve Komphela named four strikers on the bench and threw in Emmanuel Letlotlo in the 73rd minute, but his decision to haul off Lebese was roundly booed by the couple of hundred of Chiefs fans in the stadium, who were staring another draw in the face.
That's how it ended, in a 1-1 draw, and a point apiece that does little for either side after Bidvest Wits and Mamelodi Sundowns both won their matches.
Amakhosi have extended their winless run to six matches in all competitions while Matsatsantsa have drawn their last three league matches.
HOME: Kaizer Chiefs
Coach: Steve Komphela
AWAY: SuperSport United
Coach: Stuart Baxter