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SAT 17 MARCH 2018, 18:00, FNB STADIUM

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Chiefs’ title hopes suffer a blow after 0-0 draw

by Graeme Jackson

Sat March 17, 20:02

Kaizer Chiefs’ Absa Premiership title hopes were dealt a huge blow when they drew 0-0 against AmaZulu on Saturday night at FNB Stadium.

The dull draw sees the Soweto giants placed at the fifth spot after 24 matches with with 36 points.

Cavin Johnson's troops were the better side in the opening five minutes, but Chiefs showed their quality after 10 minutes as Leonardo Castro’s header sailed wide from a set piece.

Energy Murambadoro was the busiest of the two goalkeepers as he collected aerial balls floated in through Siphiwe Tshabalala’s left foot.

Amakhosi thought they scored when Teenage Hadebe’s header was blocked by Murambadoro in the 32nd minute, the keeper punched the ball and it hit the post to return back to action.

Usuthu’s Siyethemba Mnguni nearly beat Itumeleng Khune from range with a half volley, the well-struck effort sailed wide with seven minutes left to the interval.

The two sides were deadlocked at the end of the first stanza.

The return from the tunnel saw both sides pushing for a goal and an unmarked Ovidy Karuru came close to scoring against his former team when his shot went wide in the 56th minute.

Cavin Johnson’s men improved their attack after an hour and Mnguni's powerful shot from the edge of the area produced a superb save from Khune.

The introduction of Ryan Moon, Siphelele Ntshangase and Hendrik Ekstein renewed Chiefs’ energy, yet they could not beat Murambadoro as Willard Katsande’s header went wide in the 76th minute.

Despite getting more pressure from Steve Komphela’s men, the visitors remained solid at the back and Tapelo Nyongo’s header nearly beat Khune in the 89th minute.

Resulting from this draw, Usuthu now have 28 points at number 11 from 24 league matches.

Kaizer Chiefs 0
AmaZulu 0

Chiefs: Khune, Cardoso, Mphahlele, Hadebe, Zulu (Ntshangase 64’), Molangoane, Katsande, Meyiwa (Ekstein 49’), Tshabalala, Parker (Moon 51’), Castro


AmaZulu: Murambadoro, Sikhakhane, Mabiliso (Lumnkwana 76’), P. Gumede (Nyongo 86’), M. Gumede, Ouro Akoriko, Ncube, Mnguni, Cele, Karuru, Khenyeza (Ncobeni 69’)

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH FNB STADIUM
KAIZER CHIEFS GOALS AMAZULU GOALS
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
1
KAIZER CHIEFS STARTING LINEUP AMAZULU STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
32
Goalkeeper
1
Defender
4
Defender
17
Defender
64'
23
13
2
24
Defender
20
Midfielder
54'
6
Midfielder
14
Midfielder
23
Midfielder
31
Midfielder
86'
25
Midfielder
49'
38
Midfielder
76'
0
Forward/Striker
51'
25
Midfielder
14
Forward/Striker
23
Forward/Striker
69'
2
Forward/Striker
25
Forward/Striker
9
SUBSTITUTIONS
Hendrick Ekstein
Midfielder
49'
27
Jabulani Ncobeni
Defender
69'
8
Ryan Moon
Forward/Striker
51'
30
Simphiwe Lumkwana
Midfielder
76'
33
Siphelele Ntshangase
Midfielder
64'
0
Tapelo Nyongo
Defender
86'
27
CARDS
Butholezwe Ncube
Midfielder
54'
6
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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