14 August 2018
Kaizer Chiefs (1) 1 (Tshabalala 43’)
Baroka FC (1) 1 (Cardoso, og 36’)
Kaizer Chiefs and Baroka FC played to a one-all draw in an Absa Premiership match at Polokwane’s New Peter Mokaba Stadium on Tuesday evening. The home side took the lead in the 36th minute, before Siphiwe Tshabalala magnificently equalised from a free-kick before the half-time break.
Itumeleng Khune was back in the starting line-up after having missed out on Saturday’s convincing MTN8 quarter-final win over Free State Stars, while Dumsani Zuma, who was down with flu, and the injured Joseph Molangoane were replaced by Gustavo Páez and Siphiwe Tshabalala.
The first 30 minutes were more or less even-handed, even though Chiefs were the more adventurous side. Baroka, however, didn’t just sit back, but tried at times to press high on the field.
Leonardo Castro was again working hard up-front, while Siphelele Ntshangase was passing the ball around well, although he faded somewhat in the second half.
But it was the home side that scored the opening goal of the game in the 36th minute when Daniel Cardoso seemed to misjudge a high ball and, accordingly, headed the ball backwards towards Itumeleng Khune, only to see the ball disappear into his own goal, 0-1.
Khama Billiat had a chance to equalise, but his shot from just outside the box flew high over the crossbar.
Chiefs, however, kept pushing and were eventually awarded just before the break. The Glamour Boys got a free-kick on the edge of Baroka’s box. Siphiwe Tshabalala spotted that goalkeeper Ayanda Dlamini left quite a gap to his right side and ‘Shabba’ brilliantly slotted the ball over the wall into that space, 1-1.
The second half was livelier with both sides getting more goalscoring opportunities. For example, Páez and Castro got chances to give Chiefs the lead, but they couldn’t find the back of the net.
The game was flowing up and down, even though the Glamour Boys looked to have the upper hand when it comes to ball possession and playing in the opponent’s half.
The home side were, however, fighting and also performed much better than during the first 45 minutes, getting a few chances to put the ball past Khune.
The Chiefs defence kept it otherwise tight. Willard Katsande was again fighting hard for every ball in the middle of the park, while Daniel Cardoso recovered well from his earlier set-back to lead his defence.
In the end, no more goals were scored and the game finished as the teams had gone into the break, one-all.
Key moment in the match:
A key moment was Kaizer Chiefs’ equaliser, the moment that Siphiwe Tshabalala spotted a gap to the side of Baroka’s goalkeeper to put the ball into from a free-kick and got it right. It was a wonderful goal.
Most Valuable Player (MVP):
Kaizer Chiefs played well as a team, without too many players standing out. But Willard Katsande, as usual, competed hard for every ball in midfield, while Daniel Cardoso had a good game, despite his own goal. But it was Baroka’s Talent Chawaphiwa, who was eventually selected as the Absa Premiership Man of the Match.
What it means:
Kaizer Chiefs have now played three Absa Premiership matches, having 2 points. They are now in 13th spot on the league table.
Kaizer Chiefs 11: Khune; Mphahlele, Ngezana, Cardoso, Ntiya-Ntiya; Billiat, Ntshangase, Katsande, Tshabalala (Parker 77’); Páez (Jayiya 64’), Castro (Moon 84’)
Subs not used: Bvuma, Mathoho, Mahlasela, Meyiwa
Baroka FC 11: Ayanda Dlamini; Kgoetyane, Banda, Madubanya, Gebhardt; Mdantsane, Makume, Moseki (Makgaka 28’, Molopo 79’), Chawaphiwa; Kgaswane (Matloga 69’), Chivaviro
Subs not used: Happy Dlamini, Maliba, Mabeba, Mapheto
Kaizer Chiefs next face Maritzburg United on the road in an Absa Premiership fixture at Pietermaritzburg’s Harry Gwala Stadium on Friday night, 17 August 2018 (kick-off is at 20:00).