Kaizer Chiefs move 6-points clear after late showing against plucky Stellenbosch


Samir Nurkovic (Gallo Images)


Samir Nurkovic (Gallo Pictures)

A determined Kaizer Chiefs facet needed to come from a objective right down to safe an all-important 1-1 draw towards Stellenbosch FC on Sunday in an Absa Premiership encounter.

AS IT HAPPENED: Kaizer Chiefs 1-1 Stellenbosch

Man-of-the-Match Leletu Skelem scored the opening objective of an
enthralling encounter on 35 minutes, for his second in successive video games, however
Lazarous Kambole netted a 69th minute equaliser.

The outcome left Amakhosi six factors away from second-placed
Mamelodi Sundowns on 53 factors however having performed a recreation extra.

Stellies ended the night time in ninth place, with 34 factors from
27 video games.

It was a cagey begin by each side with no clear-cut possibilities
at both finish within the opening 10 minutes.

Chiefs lastly carved out a gap after a slick passage
of play however Reeve Frosler was solely capable of fireplace his shot, from the sting of the
space, straight at Stellenbosch goalkeeper Lee Langeveldt.

There was no menace to a shot from Siphelele Ntshangase on the
18th minute earlier than a free kick from the left from Marc van Heerden was
confidently plucked out of the air from Chiefs’ primary stopper Daniel
Akpeyi.

Chiefs started to dominate possession, whereas a problem on Lee
Langeveldt from Leonardo Castro left coach Steve Barker trying on nervously as
the keeper obtained remedy.

But it surely was Castro who had to get replaced, by Samir Nurkovic,
after injuring his hamstring – however solely after Siyabonga Ngezana headed simply
broad of the Stellenbosch publish from a well-hit Bernard Parker supply for the
greatest probability of the match.

Parker was nicely off track with a speculative shot from
vary halfway via the primary interval however Skelem made no mistake with an outstanding
header from contained in the field simply moments later, after some excellent trickery from
Ashley Du Preez on the left to create house for his cross.

A glancing header from Ngezana fell kindly into Langeveldt’s
arms on 42 minutes as Chiefs seemed get again within the recreation, with Nurkovic no
nearer to the goal together with his looping header on 44 minutes.

There was a blow for Stellenbosch earlier than the break with
Nathan Sinkala choosing up an damage and needing to get replaced by Kristopher
Bergman.

Ernst Middendorp made three changers at half time with
Lazarous Kambole, Kgotso Moleko and Dumisani Zuma introduced on for Ntshangase, Kharma
Billiat and Siphosakhe Ntiya-Ntiya.

Either side have been trying to get ahead with tempo ith Kambole
in with an opportunity after a free contact from Nyiko Mobbie within the field, however Alan
Robertson was available to clear

A 69th minute Parker free kick was over hit however Kambole was
a welcome recipient from the following passage of play because the ball was floated again
into the field by Frosler, leaving the striker to bundle the ball dwelling.

Skelem turned Cardoso nicely contained in the Chiefs’ field however
could not beat Akpayi together with his shot quickly after as Stellies made a triple change
of their very own with 10 minutes of the sport remaining.

Skelem made manner for Asavela Mbikile, Deano Van Rooyen got here
on for Ryan Moon and Zwelethu Ndlovu changed Van Heerden.

Parker saved taking pictures however with none impact, as Du Preez
got here agonisingly near a winner for Stellenbosch when connecting to an
glorious cross from broad from Mobbie however hit his shot into the side-netting.

Zuma fired a really late effort at Langeveldt as Chiefs saved
probing for a winner, but it surely solely ended with frustration for Chiefs, with
Nurkovic choosing up his sixth reserving of the season, that means he’ll miss
Thursday’s conflict with Mamelodi Sundowns.

– TEAMtalk media



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