MATCH CENTRE

SAT 25 NOVEMBER 2017, 18:00, MOSES MABHIDA STADIUM

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Fourth successive draw for Chiefs

by Graeme Jackson

Sat November 25, 20:07

Kaizer Chiefs racked up a fourth successive draw in the Absa Premiership after they were held 1-1 by Free State Stars at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday.

The Amakhosi had to fight back from a goal down to salvage a share of the spoils, with Bernard Parker’s equaliser cancelling out an earlier strike from Nhlanhla Vilakazi which found the net via a massive deflection from Daniel Cardoso.

Stars created the early scoring chances, with Sinethemba Jantjie shooting wide of the target from a third minute free kick, while four minutes later Thabo Maphakisa fired a dangerous ball across the face of goal which only needed the slightest touch to be turned home.

Chiefs gradually found their footing in the match and on 21 minutes they made their first clear opportunity, with the good movement of Gustavo Paez allowing him to tee up George Maluleka, but the midfield pulled his effort wide of Badra Ali Sangare’s right-hand post.

On 37 minutes they had another chance through Siphiwe Tshabalala, who cut inside from the right and beat the goalkeeper with a low shot, but the retreating Sifiso Mbhele was able to clear the goal-bound effort with a clever back-heel.

However, the defender soon succumbed to a hamstring injury and was replaced by Rooi Mahamutsa with just a few minutes to the half-time break.

The first chance of the second half went the way of Ea Lla Koto, with Jantjie opening up space for a shot from the edge of the penalty area on 53 minutes, but goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune pulled off a fine save.

Yet there was nothing the Chiefs ‘keeper could do to prevent Stars taking the lead in the 64th minute: midfielder Nhlanhla Vilakazi let fly from long range and his effort deflected off the head of Daniel Cardoso, totally wrong-footing Khune before finding the back of the net.

Stars were only ahead for three minutes, as the Amakhosi hit back through a well-worked passing move which saw Willard Katsande set up Bernard Parker, who beat Sangare with a right-footed shot.

On 78 minutes Chiefs needed Khune to make another important save, as he palmed away a sliced effort from Nyiko Mobbie which looked destined for the back of the net.

The Soweto giants ended the stronger of the two teams as they pushed hard for a winning goal, but they found Stars’ defence in an uncompromising mood. The result sees Chiefs move up one spot to sixth place, while Ea Lla Koto also improve one position to go ninth.

Kaizer Chiefs (0) 1 (Parker 67’)
Free State Stars (0) 1 (Vilakazi/Cardoso [og] 64’)

Chiefs: Khune, Cardoso, Hadebe, Ngezana, Zulu (Jayiya 70’), Katsande, Maluleka, Molangoane, Parker, Tshabalala, Paez (Zuma 65’)

Stars: Sangare, Mobbie, Keita, Mbhele (Mahamutsa 41’), Phungwayo, Masehe, Vilakazi, Maphakisa (Potsane 81’), Dlamini, Jantjie, Abrahms (Mthembu 56’)

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH MOSES MABHIDA STADIUM
KAIZER CHIEFS GOALS FREE STATE STARS GOALS
25. Bernard Parker (67') 50. Nhlanhla Vilakazi (64')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
1
KAIZER CHIEFS STARTING LINEUP FREE STATE STARS STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
32
Goalkeeper
85'
23
Defender
4
Defender
22
Defender
70'
23
Defender
2
Defender
20
29
Midfielder
12
Defender
41'
19
Midfielder
14
Midfielder
26
Midfielder
29
Midfielder
64'
50
Midfielder
31
Midfielder
5
Forward/Striker
67'
25
Midfielder
11
Forward/Striker
65'
28
Midfielder
81'
37
Forward/Striker
23
Forward/Striker
56'
33
SUBSTITUTIONS
Dumisani Zuma
Midfielder
65'
42
Rooi Mahamutsa
Defender
41'
28
Bhongolwethu Jayiya
Forward/Striker
70'
10
Siphelele Mthembu
Forward/Striker
56'
21
Tebogo Potsane
Forward/Striker
81'
18
CARDS
Badra Ali Sangare
Goalkeeper
85'
23
KEY
Goal
Penalty Missed
Yellow Card
Substitute IN
Own Goal
Penalty Shootout Goal
Yellow / Red Card
Substitute OUT
Penalty
Penalty Shootout Miss
Red Card
Injury
GALLERY
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