17 August 2018
Kaizer Chiefs 0
Maritzburg United 0
Kaizer Chiefs and Maritzburg United played to a goalless draw at Pietermaritzburg’s Harry Gwala Stadium on Friday night. Amakhosi were the better side, but they failed to find the back of the net to get the three points.
Coach Giovanni Solinas made some changes to the line-up compared to Tuesday’s match against Baroka FC, bringing on Kabelo Mahlasela for Siphiwe Tshabalala and Hendrick Ekstein for Gustavo Páez.
Amakhosi started well, being the better team and having more possession in the first half.
There was a nasty tackle from United’s Siphesihle Ndlovu on Siyabonga Ngezana and he was deservedly sent off by referee Luxolo Badi in the 16th minute.
Chiefs could have taken the lead in the 23rd minute after a fine cross from Mahlasela to Khama Billiat, but the Zimbabwean failed to convert from close range.
Ekstein got a chance to score about three minutes later, but his shot went wide.
It was a tight game in the first half, with Maritzburg mostly sitting back after the sending off of Ndlovu and playing on the counter.
It was a cold and wet night in Pietermaritzburg, although there was a nice atmosphere at the Harry Gwala Stadium, which was sold out.
Amakhosi dominated the second half, even though it didn’t result in too many goalscoring chances.
Coach Solinas tried to change some things in the 59th minute when bringing on Ryan Moon for Mahlasela.
A little more than 15 minutes later, Siphiwe Tshabalala was brought on for Ntiya-Ntiya. ‘Shabba’ nearly found the back of the net soon thereafter, but the ball failed to hit the back of the net.
In the end, the game finished as it started, goalless; despite the Glamour Boys having had the better chances.
Key moment in the match:
That must be the moment when Maritzburg United’s Siphesihle Ndlovu’s shocking tackle on Kaizer Chiefs’ Siyabonga Ngezana resulted in a red-card already in the 16th minute. However, sadly, it didn’t result in any goals for Amakhosi to get the win.
Most Valuable Player (MVP):
Siphosakhe Ntyia-Ntiya had a good game, even though he got a yellow card early on, while Willard Katsande was, as usual, working hard in the middle of the park, winning numerous balls. Siphelele Ntshangase also did his best, passing well. However, it was Maritzburg’s captain Siyanda Xulu who was selected as the Absa Premiership Man of Match.
What it means:
Kaizer Chiefs have now played four Absa Premiership matches, having three points. They are now in 11th spot on the league table.
Kaizer Chiefs 11: Khune; Mphahlele, Ngezana, Cardoso, Ntiya-Ntiya (Tshabalala 76’); Ekstein, Ntshangase, Katsande, Mahlasela (Moon 59’); Billiat, Castro (Parker 87’)
Subs not used: Bvuma, Mathoho, Meyiwa, Páez
Maritzburg United 11: Ofori; Sanoko, De Reuck, Xulu, Thlone; Buchanan (Farmer 78’), Shandu, Ndlovu, Mekoa; Makgalwa (Kunene 65’), Feliccia (Makote 54’)
Subs not used: Mpandle, Matima, Atouba, Masegela
Kaizer Chiefs will next face SuperSport United away in the first leg of the MTN8 semi-final on Sunday, 26 August. The match will be played at Atteridgeville’s Lucas Moripe Stadium (kick-off at 15:00).