Chiefs held 0-0 by Sundowns

Chiefs held 0-0 by Sundowns
Ricardo Nascimento of Mamelodi Sundowns challenged by Siphiwe Tshabalala of Kaizer Chiefs during the Absa Premiership 2017/18 match between Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns at FNB Stadium, Johannesburg South Africa on 27 January 2018 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

by Graeme Jackson

Saturday Jan 27, 2018. 22:31

Kaizer Chiefs were held 0-0 by Mamelodi Sundowns in an Absa Premiership clash at FNB Stadium on Saturday night.

The match was delayed by 15 minutes to allow the huge attendance time to filter into the venue, and the crowd may have been starved of goals but they were still treated to a fine match which saw the Amakhosi and Brazilians cancel each other out.

Chiefs enjoyed the early chances, the first of which arrived in the eighth minute and saw Dumisani Zuma send a shot wide of the target after goalkeeper Denis Onyango had put his defence under pressure with a poor clearance.

On 14 minutes Ryan Moon headed wide of the near post from a Siphiwe Tshabalala corner kick, while midway through the first half ‘Shabba’ sent in a low cross which deflected off the knee of defender Bangaly Soumahoro and almost looped into the goal.

On 38 minutes Sundowns had a great chance to steal the lead when a poor defensive header fell perfectly for Percy Tau, but the striker’s headed effort was comfortably saved by ‘keeper Itumeleng Khune.

Sundowns made their first change a few minutes before the hour mark, withdrawing Sibusiso Vilakazi to replace him with Jeremy Brockie, while Chiefs responded quickly with the introduction of former Brazilians striker Leonardo Castro, as well as fellow South American Gustavo Paez.

Both teams may have boosted their attack with second-half substitutions, but genuine scoring chances were few and far between. Brockie had a couple of threatening moments in trying to get onto crosses from the left flank, but couldn’t make anything of either.

On 78 minutes the Amakhosi twice saw the frame of their goal hit, with Tau first striking the base of Khune’s right-hand post with a great shot on the turn, before Brockie got onto the rebound and sent a rising shot against the crossbar.

Chiefs had a good late chance of their own in the 86th minute when Willard Katsande arrived late at the far post to meet a cross, but he sent his header over the top of the target to leave the game locked at 0-0.

Kaizer Chiefs 0
Mamelodi Sundowns 0

Chiefs: Khune, Moleko, Cardoso, Hadebe, Ngezana, Zulu, Katsande, Maluleka, Tshabalala (Paez 68’), Zuma (Ntshangase 76’), Moon (Castro 63’)

Sundowns: Onyango, Madisha, Nascimento, Soumahoro, Langerman, Manyisa, Kekana, Mabunda, Billiat (Sirino 77’), Vilakazi (Brockie 57’), Tau

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