Chiefs battle back to hold Downs


Kaizer Chiefs battled back to secure a 1-1 draw against DStv Premiership champions Mamelodi Sundowns on Sunday evening.

Grant Kekana and Neo Maema were withdrawn by Sundowns with Andile Jali and Divine Lunga restored to the line-up, while Chiefs handed Lazarous Kambole a rare start alongside recalls for Cole Alexander and Leonardo Castro.

There was no shortage of action early on, as the Amakhosi threatened to take the lead on four minutes after Keagan Dolly’s snap effort from a tight angle sailed into the side-netting.

Moreover, Chiefs should’ve gone ahead two minutes later when Castro broke free on the left and picked out Khama Billiat, who was unmarked at the back-post but the Zimbabwean fluffed his lines.

Sundowns began to have a lot of interventions up top later on in the half and enjoyed opportunities none more a snap curling strike outside the area from Gaston Sirino that narrowly missed target.

The Amakhosi started living dangerously and a needed an acrobatic palm from their goalkeeper Bruce Bvuma to thwart Peter Shalulile’s thumping header eight minutes before the break.

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Masandawana got the opener five minutes after the restart when Modiba volleyed in a cleverly timed ball from Sirino for his third goal in a row.

Chiefs could’ve gone back on level terms five minutes later through a loose attempt from a decent position by Billiat, but he was smothered by Reyaad Pieterse.

However, the Amakhosi remained calm and levelled on 76 minutes after Phathutshedzo Nange volleyed a looping cross to the back-post in off Pieterse, shortly Samir Nurkovic replaced Kambole.

Chiefs could’ve sealed the points with four minutes to go from the penalty-spot, but Pieterse denied Keagan Dolly after Mosa Lebusa upended Kgaogelo Sekgota in the box.

The Brazilians were caught square at the back later on and had chances falling the way of Nurkovic, but the Serbian drew blanks and left the spoils shared in the end.

Confirmed line-ups:

Chiefs: Bvuma, Ngezana, Mphahlele, Blom, Frosler, Alexander, Nange, Kambole, Castro, Dolly, Billiat

Subs: Akpeyi, Parker, Nurković, Agay, Dube, Mashiane, Mabiliso, Sekgota, Radebe

Sundowns: Pieterse, Lunga, Modiba, Mudau, Lebusa, Mkhulise, Jali, Maboe, Sirino, Zwane, Shalulile.

Subs: Mweene, Morena, Mokoena, Lakay, Motupa, Maema, Kutumela, Kapinga, Ralani