Chiefs fall away to Polokwane
Posted: 13 May 2017 Time: 17:18
Kaizer Chiefs saw their top-three hopes take a major blow as they slumped to a 1-0 loss away to Polokwane City at a rain-soaked Peter Mokaba Stadium on Saturday evening.
A blunt Amakhosi outfit were made to pay for their wastefulness as Thapelo Tshilo’s lone strike 15 minutes from time proving the difference, to leave Chiefs fifth, five points adrift of third with two games remaining.
Both sides looked lively in the opening minutes, with Polokwane winning an early corner but failing to make the most of it, while at the other end, Joseph Molangoane produced a good run at goal but could only drag his shot wide of the mark.
Chiefs had a good chance to take the lead after 12 minutes as George Lebese was played in behind the defence, with the midfielder looking to curl one into the far corner with the outside of his foot, but he got it all wrong and skewed the ball behind for a goal-kick.
Amakhosi continued creating the clearer chances and Lebese again produced some magic down the wing to deliver a telling ball to the far post, although Joseph Molangoane seemed to miss-time his jump and failed to make a connection.
Keagan Buchanan then had a good chance to test George Chigova in the City goal but failed to produce anything like the contact needed to beat the goalkeeper, who made light work of the defender’s tame effort.
Chiefs thought they should have had a penalty five minutes before half-time as the ball appeared to strike an arm in the area following a well-worked free-kick, but the referee was unmoved as play went on.
The rain continued to pour down at the stadium in the second-half, resulting in chances being few and far between, although Chiefs did come close just before the hour mark after some good play between Molangoane and Hendrick Ekstein, whose shot lacked power and was eventually saved by the keeper.
Steve Komphela’s men were bossing the possession almost exclusively but lacked the killer instinct in the final third, highlighted by Lebese after 65 minutes as he made his run far too early and strayed several yards off-side to bring an abrupt end to some decent build-up play.
The introduction of Gustavo Paez gave Chiefs a different outlet, and he almost proved an immediate effect after putting in a decent delivery for Ramahlwe Mphahlele, although the defender just failed to make contact as the ball fizzed behind.
However, it would be Rise and Shine who finally made the deadlock 15 minutes from time, with Lebese deflecting a cross over to the far-post, where Thapelo Tshilo was waiting to smartly side-foot home on the volley.
HOME: Polokwane City
Coach: Bernard Molekwa
AWAY: Kaizer Chiefs
Coach: Steve Komphela