Chiefs stutter at Moses Mabhida

Chiefs stutter at Moses Mabhida
Olaleng Shaku (Captain) of Baroka FC kicks the ball over the head of Bhongolwethu Jayiya of Kaizer Chiefs FC during the Absa Premiership 2017/18 football match between Kaizer Chiefs and Baroka FC at Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban on 30 September 2017 ©Gerald Duraan/BackpagePix

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Saturday Sep 30, 2017. 20:03

Kaizer Chiefs continued with their poor run of form when they lost 2-1 in the Absa Premiership to Baroka FC at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday night.

Although they scored first through George Maluleka's stunner, Amakhosi failed to hold on to their lead.

The loss means coach Steve Komphela's men now occupy the fifth spot with nine points from seven league games.

For the visitors, Lewis Macha and Gift Motupa scored the two goals as they continued with their unbeaten run in the 2017/18 league campaign.

Amakhosi had a bright start as they dictated the proceedings in search of an early goal and their efforts were rewarded in eighth minute.

A beautiful play by the hosts saw Bhongolethu Jayiya delivering a wonderful pass to Maluleka on the edge of the area - the midfielder unleashed a powerful shot to beat goalkeeper Virgil Vries on his right corner.

Four minutes later, Baroka looked for a quick response and the visitors made good runs on the left flank and a cross was delivered for Sipho Moeti in the box, but his touch sailed inches wide, with Itumeleng Khune moving the opposite direction.

However, the Limpopo side managed to level the scoreline in the 23rd minute after a set piece from Siphelele Ntshangase and Macha's header beat Khune on his right post.

Both sides exchanged dominance towards the 40th minute, yet there were few goal-scoring opportunities.

However, Amakhosi fought back as they wanted to regain their lead and Siphiwe Tshabalala's attempt from a curler went wide of the left post in the 42nd minute following a great passing game.

The thrilling encounter ended at 1-1 at half time.

Chiefs came back with more intent and their good passes in the heart of the park saw Hendrick Ekstein's shot going over the crossbar.

Moeti received a brilliant pass in the box and the forward failed to lower his effort as he blasted his shot over Khune's left corner.

Bakgaga Ba Mphahlele would finally get the lead when Motupa beat two Chiefs defenders before unleashing a powerful shot on the roof of the net on the hour mark.

With 30 minutes to go, coach Steve Komphela introduced Dumisani Zuma for Jayiya and they added numbers to exert pressure on Baroka's defence and the substitute saw his effort going wide.

Despite dominating in the last minutes of the contest, Chiefs could not hit the target as Vries stood firm between the posts.

In the wake of the victory, coach Kgoloko Thobejane's men now sit at number one on the log with 15 points from seven matches.

Kaizer Chiefs (1) (Maluleka 8')
Baroka FC (1) 2 (Macha 23', Motupa 60')

Kaizer Chiefs: Khune, Moleko, Mathoho, Cardoso, Zulu, Maluleka, Meyiwa (Meyiwa 77'), Ekstein, Jayiya (Zuma 60'), Tshabalala, Paez (Parker 37')

Baroka FC: Vries, Shaku, Matloga (Ngalande 46'), Ntshangase (Motupa 46'), Banda, Moeti, Masenamela, Mothupa, Madubanya, Mdantsane, Macha (Mahashe 74')

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