Mpho Matsi of Black Aces challenged by Willard Katsande of Kaizer Chiefs during the Absa Premiership match between Black Aces and Kaizer Chiefs at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit, South Africa on April 12, 2016 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix
Tuesday Apr 12, 2016. 21:19
Kaizer Chiefs’ long wait for a return to winning form has been extended after they were held to a 2-2 draw by Black Aces in an Absa Premiership match at Mbombela Stadium on Tuesday.
The Amakhosi looked to be on course for three points thanks to goals from Siphiwe Tshabalala and Willard Katsande, but equalisers from Bhongelwethu Jayiya and Eddie Ngalo – the latter’s arrived three minutes after the end of regulation time – forced a share of the spoils for AmaZayoni.
After a quiet opening to the match, Chiefs put together a slick passing move in the 12th minute and Lucky Baloyi, having spotted Jackson Mabokgwane off his line, almost embarrassed the Aces goalkeeper with a long range effort which drifted just over the crossbar.
Seven minutes later the hosts should have broken the deadlock, with Eddie Ngalo providing a lovely cross from the left to find the head of Sibusiso Masina, but the young striker’s effort went wide of the near post.
On 21 minutes the Amakhosi claimed the lead and broke a dry spell in front of goal which stretched back to February – but in the most bizarre circumstances.
A long pass into the box from Siphiwe Tshabalala saw Mabokgwane rush off his line to try and punch clear, but he only succeeded in colliding with a combination of Ngalo and Bernard Parker, allowing the ball to roll into an unguarded net. With no one else getting a touch, the goal was credited to ‘Shabba’.
A few minutes later Chiefs somehow scrambled the ball away from their goalmouth to deny Aces an equaliser, with Aubrey Ngoma, Collins Mbesuma and Vincent Kobola all looking likely to find the net from close range.
Aces looked the better team for much of the first half, but on 36 minutes Chiefs were inches away from doubling their lead, as a brilliant turn and shot in the box from Parker saw the ball thunder into the underside of the crossbar.
AmaZayoni came into the second half with renewed vigour and claimed an equaliser seven minutes after the restart, with Bhongolwethu Jayiya superbly side-footing home a volley from Mbesuma’s assist to make it 1-1.
Yet parity lasted only until just after the hour mark before Chiefs reclaimed the lead. Willard Katsande stole the ball in midfield as Aces looked to pass out of the back and proceeded to score with a long-range shot which deflected off Limbikani Mzava.
Midway through the second half the Amakhosi almost added to their advantage, but Tshabalala was unable to direct a header on target after Lucky Baloyi’s shot deflected kindly into the veteran midfielder’s path.
Chiefs looked to be on course for victory, but in the third minute of added time Aces claimed an equaliser, with Eddie Ngalo shooting through a crowd of bodies after great work by substitute Judas Moseamedi down the right flank.
Black Aces (0) 2 (Jayiya 52’, Ngalo 90+3’)
Kaizer Chiefs (1) 2 (Tshabalala 21’, Katsande 61’)
Aces: Mabokgwane, Kobola, Ngalo, Mzava, Nodada (Khuboni 60’), Jayiya, Matsi, Modiba, Ngoma (Moon 70’), Mbesuma, Masina (Moseamedi 46’)
Chiefs: Pieterse, Moleko, Mathoho, Cardoso, Masilela, Baloyi, Katsande, Twala, Tshabalala, Lebese (Ekstein 76’), Parker (Manqele 90+3’)