Chiefs beat City to remain at the top

27 August 2019

Cape Town City          (1) 1 (Erasmus 4’)

Kaizer Chiefs               (0) 2 (Cardoso 75’, Baccus 80’)


Kaizer Chiefs recovered from conceding an early goal to defeat Cape Town City 2-1 at Newlands Stadium in an Absa Premiership encounter on Tuesday evening as they cemented their place at the top of the Absa Premiership standings. After going down to an early Kermit Erasmus strike, second half goals from Daniel Cardoso and Kearyn Baccus ensured that Chiefs won all three points on offer.

Cape Town City took the lead as early as the 4th minute when a long cross field ball from the right by Thato Mokeke found Ebrahim Seedat on the left. He was able to quickly lay the ball forward to Erasmus who turned around Mulomowandau Mathoho before shooting the ball low along the ground beating Daniel Akpeyi at his near post to put the hosts 1-0 up.

Chiefs were able to create an opening in the 13th minute after some good work by Reeve Frosler down the right saw him leave Seedat in his track as he was able to send in an inviting cross towards goal, which Lazalous Kambole attacked and managed to meet the ball his header from close range went wide of the target.

After 24 minutes, a combination of Akpeyi and Mathoho stopped City from going two goals up. Erasmus met a cross from the right with his head at close range which was blocked by Akpeyi as it rolled towards goal Mathoho cleared the off the line to prevent what looked a certain goal.

A cleverly worked free kick in the 33rd minute by Chiefs saw them carve out another chance as George Maluleka rolled the ball forward to Parker the Chiefs skipper lifted it towards goal where Mathoho came charging in and side footed the ball over goal.

In the 38th minute in a move similar to that which saw City take the lead Erasmus was found by a long ball from the right which he managed to bring under control before shooting for goal, again Akpeyi was able to make a fine stop and as Erasmus struck the rebound Mathoho came in an blocked the ball.

In the 42nd minute, Chiefs felt aggrieved as they should have been awarded a penalty after another run by Frosler into the Cape Town City 18 yard area cutting in from the right flank he looked to be hacked down by Seedat after he had pushed the ball past him, but referee Kulasande Qongqo did not point to the penalty- spot.

Coach Middendorp rang in changes by introducing Kearyn Baccus in place of Kambole.

Chiefs had the ball in the back of the net three minutes after the restart, but the goal was disallowed after Khama Billiat was adjudged to have handled the ball in the build up to the goal after Bernard Parker had initially drawn a save out of Peter Leeuwenburgh.

Dumsani Zuma came on in the 66th minute, replacing Siphosakhe Ntiya-Ntiya.

Chiefs were battling their way back into the game and the tell-tale signs were there that a come back was on the cards, when on the 68th minute, second half substitute Zuma played Billiat through on goal, he struck the ball firmly beating Leeuwneburgh but the ball went agonisingly wide of goal.

Amakhosi finally got their just rewards in the 75th minute after Frosler was brought down just inches outside the right hand edge of the City 18 yard area, Manyama swung in a beautifully weighted free kick which flew to the back post where Cardoso rose to powerfully head the ball home after it had evaded Thami Mkhize to bring Chiefs level.

With 10 minutes to go Chiefs went ahead after a Bernard Parker cross from the left was won by Samir Nurković. He played the ball into the path of Billiat whose backheeled flick was deflected by Keanu Cupido into the path of Baccus on as a second half who knocked the ball home to give Chiefs the lead.

Chiefs made their final change in the 86th minute when Willard Katsande came on for Lebogang Manyama.

Late on in the game Billiat and Nurković both had chances to have added to Chiefs lead but their effort at goal were dealt with by Leeuwenburgh.

In the end it turned out to be a game where second half substitutions made a huge difference in the outcome with Kearyn Baccus and Dumisani Zuma playing influential roles in Chiefs fightback, while Cape Town City’s move to take out Kermit Erasmus and Siphelele Mthembu proved to be costly for their team.

Fact of the Match:

Chiefs have won 10 points from four league games this season, in 2018/19 it took the Amakhosi 7 games to win 10 points.

Key moment in the match:

Baccus’ introduction made all the difference as he took control of the midfield and scoring the winner for Amakhosi.

Most Valuable Player (MVP):

Manyama could was instrumental in Amakhosi’s midfield and attack. While Baccus’ introduction gave the team shape in the midfield and he scored the winner. After working hard, crowd favourite Nurković was voted man of the match.

What it means:

Kaizer Chiefs have won three matches and drawn one. They Phefeni Glamour Boys go into the FIFA International top of the Absa Premiership log with ten points.

Chiefs XI: Akpeyi; Ntiya-Ntiya (Zuma 66’), Mathoho, Cardoso, Frosler: Maluleka, Manyama (Katsande 86’), Parker ©, Kambole (Baccus 46’); Billiat, Nurković

Subs:  Khune, Moleko, Sasman, Castro

Coach: Ernst Middendorp

City XI: Leeuwenburgh; Mkhize ©, Mobara, Dove, Seedat, Makola (Links 83’); Erasmus (Martin 66’), Cupido, Norodien, Mokeke; Mthembu (Morris 73’)

Subs: Stephens, David, Ralani, Kemuti

Coach: Benni McCarthy

Next Match:

Chiefs will next face Polokwane in another Absa Premiership match at FNB Stadium. The match is scheduled to kick off at 18:00.