Kaizer Chiefs extended their winless run to four 2021/22 DStv Premiership matches when they drew 1-1 with AmaZulu FC at the Jonsson Kings Park Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Keagan Dolly’s first goal for Chiefs ensured that the game ended in a draw after Luvuyo Memela had opened the scoring. The result left Usuthu and the Amakhosi in eighth and 11th spot respectively on the league standings.
Usuthu dominated possession from the first whistle with Amakhosi happy to sit back and play on the counter – using their speed advantage on the flanks where Khama Billiat and Keagan Dolly were operating.
A quick move on the edge of the AmaZulu box saw Billiat send Dolly through on goal, but the former HSC Montpellier winger’s effort was superbly blocked by goalkeeper Veli Mothwa in the 22nd minute.
This served as a wake up call for the hosts, who had a great chance to score when Sandile Khumalo found himself unmarked in the box in the 27th minute, but he was brilliantly denied by goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi.
Chiefs piled pressure on AmaZulu with the halftime break approaching, but Mothwa was in great form as he pulled off a fantastic save to deny Bernard Parker from close range, before tipping Billiat’s powerful shot over the crossbar.
Amakhosi were left to rue their wasted opportunities from the first-half when the hosts opened the scoring as Keagan Buchanan set-up Memela, who controlled the ball well, before firing past Akpeyi to hand AmaZulu a 1-0 lead in the 48th minute.
Usuthu did not sit back after taking the lead as they continued to attack and Akpeyi became a busy man – producing a fine save to deny Memela from close range, while he also blocked a powerful shot from Thabo Qalinge.
The momentum was with Chiefs in the closing stages with Phathutshedzo Nange and Dolly both being denied by Mothwa, and Chiefs duly introduced Lebogang Manyama as the visitors looked to snatch a late equalising goal.
Manyama was keen to make an impact on the game and Chiefs were awarded a penalty in stoppage time after his cross was controversially handled by Tapelo Xoki in the box, and Dolly converted the resultant penalty to ensure that the game ended in a 1-1 draw.
AmaZulu (0) 1 (Memela 48′)Kaizer Chiefs (0) 1 (Dolly 90+5′)TEAMS:
AmaZulu:Mothwa, Malepe, Xoki, Gumede, Khumalo, Makhaula, Ceesay (Qalinge 46′), Buchanan (Mgwazela 75′), Memela (Mulenga 75′), Maduna (Mthembu 83′), Ntuli (Mlambo 64′)
Kaizer Chiefs:Akpeyi, Frosler, NG, Ngcobo (Mashiane 84′), Mathoho, Dube, Blom, Alexander (Manyama 80′), Nange, Parker, Dolly, Billiat.© Backpage TXT