Wits, Chiefs share the spoils
Posted: 3 February 2018 Time: 12:34
Champions Bidvest Wits and Kaizer Chiefs played to a lukewarm 1-1 draw in an Absa Premiership showdown at the Bidvest Stadium on Saturday evening.
Goals from Ryan Moon and Lehlohonolo Majoro saw Wits and Chiefs cancel each other out in a game of plenty missed opportuitues for either side on the night.
The Amakhosi handed a start to Kgotso Moleko in place of Ramahlwe Mphahlele, with Eric Mathoho returning in the centre of defence to partner Daniel Cardoso.
Siphiwe Tshabalala got the game’s first shot on goal three minutes in, but it was easy pickings for Wits shot-stopper Darren Keet.
After scoring a stunner last week, Daylon Claasen looked to continue from where he left off and played in Sifiso Myeni to set-up Lehlohonolo Majoro, but the former dilly-dallied on the ball.
Ghanaian enforcer Edwin Gyimah fired in two shots from the edge of the box in quick succession – his first was well dealt with by Itumeleng Khune, while his second flew into the stands.
The Clever Boys were forced into an early substitution after Denis Weidlich was replaced by Thabang Monare 12 minutes before the half-time break.
Chiefs eventually broke the deadlock with under five minutes left in the first-half through the head of Moon, who profited from Siphiwe Tshabalala’s crisp delivery from the left side to leave Keet with no chance.
Buhle Mkhwanazi then went searching for an immediate equaliser from a corner, but saw his header going wide of the mark.
Englishman James Keene found himself in acres of space inside the box, where he evaded two defenders only to miss an inviting opportunity shortly after the interval.
Steve Komphela rang the changes, bringing in Siphelele Ntshangase, who drew a rosy reception from the crowd, for the Venezuelan-born Gustavo Paez.
The visitors were, however, pegged back through Majoro, who outjumped Mathoho to finish off Sifiso Hlanti’s delivery into the area in the 54th minute.
Lucky Ngezana was fortunate not to have his poor pass punished by Gabadinho Mhango, who, like Myeni earlier in the first half, took too much time to pull the trigger.
Chiefs looked to regain their lead with Moon trying to put them back in front, but the 21-year-old couldn't direct his header on target.
Substitute Ntshangase missed a glorious opportunity for his first goal for the club as he shot poorly at Keet, before Leonardo Castro surged in front of the Wits defence seconds later but could not profit.
Khune pulled off a dramatic save in added time to deny Monare and earn his side a share of the spoils that sees them slip to fourth place, behind Free State Stars.
HOME: Bidvest Wits
Coach: Gavin Hunt
AWAY: Kaizer Chiefs
Coach: Steve Komphela