Chiefs come unstuck against Chippa

28 April 2021

Kaizer Chiefs                (0)

Chippa United             (0) 1 (Eva Nga 85’)


Bienvenu Eva Nga scored the only goal of the game for Chippa United as they defeated Amakhosi 1-0 at FNB Stadium in a DStv Premiership on Wednesday afternoon. The game’s only goal came inside the 85th which also saw the goal scorer having to leave the field injured after a collision with Khune in the build-up to the goal.

Dumsani Zuma who was an influential figure in Chiefs’ last league game against Sundowns was quick to stamp his mark in the game. In the first ten minutes he cut down the left before running along the by line and sending a telling ball towards goal. There was some quick thinking from Rashid Watenga who got a hand to the ball and managed to get the ball away from the Chiefs players who were waiting to reach Zuma’s lay-up.

Chiefs kept their visitors defending deep and in the 22nd minute won a corner on the left which Zuma swept in and a well-timed run from Erick Mathoho saw him attack the ball and was able to make contact with his head, but he sent his effort wide of goal. Six minutes later Mathoho was back doing what he does best though as he made a crucial block on Chidi Kwem, getting back to block his shot at goal from close range before clearing the ball, booting it up field away from danger.

The last action of the first half saw Khune come off his line and cut out a cross from the right by Nyiko Mobbie as he stuck out a hand to push the ball away. He backtracked to make contact and did well to intercept a dangerous looking ball into the 18-yard area.

Chiefs headed into the half time break at 0-0 with Chippa although Amakhosi should have been leading given their dominance in the first half.

After the restart, Chiefs had calls for a penalty turned down. Some good pinpoint distribution from Khune saw him find Zuma way up field on the right, he managed to then pick out Lebogang Manyama who raced into the Chippa 18-yard area where he was able to cut past Sandile Mthethwa. As he continued his run, he was pushed back by the Chippa defender impeding the Chiefs midfielder, but referee Thokozani Mkhize did not agree with the protesting Chiefs players and allowed the game to continue.

While Chiefs continued to dominate, Chippa looked to hit on the counterattack and in the 71st minute, a long ball over the top found Kwem free down the left in acres of space. He got into the Chiefs 18-yard area and made his way towards goal but he was halted in his tracks with a masterclass in defending from Siyabonga Ngezana who raced alongside him, timed his tackle perfectly and sent the ball out for a corner and stopping Kwem in his tracks.

In the 74th minute Nkosingiphile Ngcobo tested Watenga with a driving effort from distance, which stung the Chippa keeper’s fingers as he needed two chances to get hold of the ball. Samir Nurković created a chance for himself as he had a go at goal from a long way out in the 82nd minute and had Watenga leaping to his left to make a save.

With five minutes to go Chiefs were made to rue their many missed chances with Mathoho and Eva Nga dueling for the ball the Chiefs defender attempted to head the ball back towards Khune, but his attempt was short and Eva Nga chased the loose ball and lifted it over Khune as the Chiefs keeper came off his line to stop the attack. The ball rolled beyond him and into the net. In the buildup to the goal Khune and Eva Nga knocked into each other which saw Eva Nga eventually being stretchered off and unable to continue.

In the final minute of the game Bernard Parker saw his effort from close range hacked off the line by Frederic Nsabiyumva, as Chiefs fell to a 1-0 loss and will turn their attention to the next game against Bloemfontein Celtic on Saturday.


Fact of the game:

Itumeleng Khune featured in his 350th game for Chiefs.


Number of the game 270:

Itumeleng Khune featured in his 270th league game for Chiefs.


Chiefs:  Khune; Mathoho, Ngezana, Cardoso, Zulu, Blom, Ngcobo (Baccus 84’), Parker ©, Manyama (Kambole 61’); Zuma (Frosler 61’), Castro (Nurković 61’)

Subs not used:  Akpeyi; Mphahlele, Sasman, Mashiane, Katsande

Chippa: Watenga; Nsabiyumva ©, Mobbie, Hanamub; Mthethwa; Lebitso (Booi 80’), Sibeko, Mokhele (Bienvenu 65’, Nhlapo 87’), Mdlinzo, Lentjies; Kwem

Subs not used: Maloisane, Mtshali, Sekotlong, Sangweni, Phewa, Jodwana

What’s next:

Kaizer Chiefs are next in action on Saturday when they face Bloemfontein Celtic away from home in the DStv Premiership.