14 September 2019
Kaizer Chiefs (0) 0
Polokwane City (1) 1 (Jabu Maluleke 16’)
Kaizer Chiefs unbeaten run this season ended as they were defeated 1-0 at home by Polokwane City on Saturday evening. The game was decided from the penalty spot when Jabu Maluleke converted from the spot in the 16th minute. It was Chiefs’ fifth league game of the 2019/20 Absa Premiership campaign. Amakhosi have won three of their first four league games and drawing the other one. it was also the first time this season Chiefs failed to score in a league game.
Against the run of play and in unfortunate circumstances Chiefs found themselves a goal down. Charlton Mashumba in a one on one situation with Daniel Akpeyi in the Chiefs 18 yard, tried to get the ball past the Chiefs keeper as he did, he clattered into Akpeyi who pushed the ball away. The Polokwane City attacker took a tumble and referee Masixole Bambiso pointed to the penalty spot which looked like a harsh decision on the Chiefs keeper. Jabu Maluleke stepped up and converted as the visitors took the lead in the 16th minute.
On the 22nd minute, Chiefs felt aggrieved as they should have been awarded a penalty when Samir Nurković was pulled back when attacking a cross from the left. He looked to have been pulled down by Senzo Buthelezi. Chiefs kept up the pressure and came close to an equaliser on the 31st minute when Mulomowandau Mathoho’s header from a Lebogang Manyama cross from the left went just wide of the right-hand post.
Mathoho was at it again forcing a save out of Mwenya Chibwe in the Polokwane City goal as he headed a corner from the right by George Maluleka downwards the Polokwane keeper acrobatically pushed the ball over for another corner. Late in the half Reeve Frosler tested Chibwe with a screaming shot at goal which forced the Polokwane goalkeeper to block the ball at his near post.
Coach Ernst Middendorp rang in changes at the start of the second half when he introduced two pairs of fresh legs. Khama Billiat came on for Lazalous Kambole and Dumsani Zuma replaced Siphosakhe Ntiya-Ntiya.
Chiefs started the second half as they ended the first in search of the elusive equaliser in the 51st minute Frosler swung in a ball from the right which was controlled by Khama Billiat on as a half time substitute, he turned his mark and shot goal-wards with Chibwe blocking the ball at his near post.
The visitors made their first change in the 54th minutes with Walter Musona coming on for Vusimuzi Mngomezulu.
In the 73rd minute, a corner from the right found its way over on the opposite side to Manyama who lobbed the ball back goal wards where Mathoho’s glancing header goal-wards forced Chibwe into making another save.
With ten minutes to go after a Chiefs free kick just on the edge of the Polokwane City 18- yard area had hit the wall the ball eventually fell to Maluleka who let fly from around 25 yards from goal. His ferocious shot saw Chibwe jumping off the ground to turn the ball over for a corner.
Polokwane City made their second and final change in the 90th minute when Salulani Phiri came on for Mashumba
With four minutes added on, a lobbed cross from Nurković on the right found Billiat at the far post. His header from point blank range was blocked by Chibwe as Chiefs continued to struggle to find an equalizer. Polokwane City eventually ran out winners.
Key moment in the match:
There were a few key moments on the pitch especially as Amakhosi came very close to scoring. Another key great moment off the pitch was to witness the number of people who travelled from far and wide to support Amakhosi. The stadium welcomed a decent crowd who were well thoroughly entertained by the football.
Most Valuable Player (MVP):
Mathoho had another great game both defending and attacking. His two close calls could have won the match if they had gone it. The man of the match was the visitor’s keeper, Chibwe. The man single-handedly denied chiefs several goals.
What it means:
Kaizer Chiefs lose their first match of the season after the FIFA International break. The Glamour Boys are joint leaders with Polokwane City with 10 points after 5 games.
Chiefs: Akpeyi; Ntiya-Ntiya (Zuma 46), Mathoho, Cardoso, Frosler: Maluleka, Manyama, Parker ©, Kambole (Billiat 46’); Baccus; Nurković
Subs not used: Khune; Katsande, Moleko, Sasman , Castro
Polokwane XI: Chibwe; Mvelase, Buthelezi, Mbonani, Motloung; Manaka, Tlolane, Jabu Maluleke ©, Mngomezulu (Musona 54’); Wiseman Maluleke, Mashumba, (Phiri 90’)
Subs not used: Phali; Nthatheni, Nku Chauke; Hlubi
Amakhosi will be on the road for their next match against AmaZulu in Durban. The Absa Premiership match will take place on Heritage Day (24 September 2019) at King Zwelithini in Umlazi. Kick-off is at 15:00