25 January 2020
Golden Arrows (0) 0
Kaizer Chiefs (0) 1 (Manyama 90+4’)
It took a cool finish from Lebogang Manyama deep into referee’s added time at the end of the game, to hand Chiefs a hard fought 1-0 league win over Golden Arrows at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in an Absa Premiership encounter on Saturday afternoon in Durban. The win sees Chiefs extend their unbeaten run in league games to four with three wins in that run. The Phefeni Glamour Boys sporting their special 50th anniversary jersey ensured they have won all three games in which they have donned the commemorative outfit, with Manyama scoring his fifth league goal of the season.
In a nervy opening to the game, it took 17 minutes for either team to create a chance. It was the hosts who created the first chance with Lindokhule Mtshali doing well to create space for himself, but his effort from the edge of the Chiefs 18-yard area sailed way off target.
Mulomowandau Mathoho came close to breaking the deadlock in the 22nd minute after being put into space on the right side of the Arrows 18-yard area. His effort from close range went agonisingly close to the target.
Arrows defender Divine Lunga was flagged for rough tackles on Kgotso Moleko and Samir Nurković within the space of two minutes mid- way through the first half, but somehow escaped being booked for either challenge.
Siphosakhe Ntiya-Ntiya sent a long searching ball in the 43rd minute from the left wing to the opposite wing, where Nurković was able to win an aerial duel with the Arrows defence, but his header which was meant to tee up Lebogang Manyama was unable to find its intended recipient and Arrows keeper Sifiso Mlungwa was able to easily collect the ball.
The first half which saw Chiefs relentless in attack as well as dominate the possession stats, but unable to break down a stubborn Arrows backline ended 0-0.
Chiefs were out early for the second half, ready to turn the game around. Amakhosi made a halftime substitution bringing in Reeve Frosler for Moleko, Frosler making his first appearance since the 4th January when he started against SuperSport United.
Manyama had a goal bound shot blocked by the Arrows defence after being set up by Dumsani Zuma from the right. He had initiated the move originally, before laying of the ball perfectly for Manyama but Arrows players got behind the ball, stopping Chiefs from going ahead.
Daniel Akpeyi stood his ground as he made a routine save from Knox Mutizwa off a free kick on the edge of the Chiefs 18-yard area in the 67th minute. Although the Arrows attacker was able to get the ball up and over the wall, Akpeyi was able to make a crucial stop.
Mathoho went close for Chiefs with a chance in the final minute but his effort was saved by Mlungwana. With the hosts thinking that they had done enough to secure a draw, Chiefs launched an attack down the left which saw Frosler swing a ball goal wards. The ball fell to Nurković whose shot on the volley was initially blocked by Mlungwana, but the ball fell to Manyama who did well to control the ball and struck hit sweetly on the volley past a desperate Mlungwana who was unable to stop Chiefs taking the win.
Most Valuable Player (MVP)
It took a real team effort from Chiefs to gain the win over Arrows as Amakhosi worked hard to break down their hosts. Lebogang Manyama was full value for being named Man of the Match. His finish under pressure to win the game for Chiefs took a real cool head. It was the 15th time in 19 league games this season that a Chiefs player had won the Man of the Match award. Other stand out performers were Daniel Akpeyi who kept his 7th clean-sheet in the league this season and Reeve Frosler who kept Chiefs going in attack right till the end.
Number of the match 14
Chiefs have managed to score for a 14th league game in a row. It is the first time since the 2016/17 season that the team has scored in 14 successive league games.
Fact of the match
Ernst Middendorp stood in his 87th league game as a Chiefs coach going level with Steve Komphela on third on the list of Chiefs coaches who have stood in the most number of league games for the club in the PSL era. Only Stuart Baxter (90) and Muhsin Ertugral (161) have stood in more.
What it means
Chiefs have completed a league double over Golden Arrows for the first time since the 2015/16 season. Arrows are the third team that Chiefs have done a double over in the league this season and with the win, Chiefs go 10 points clear over second placed Sundowns at the top of the Absa Premiership table. Also, Chiefs have won all three of their league games this season at the Moses Mabhida Stadium.
Chiefs: Akpeyi; Moleko (Frosler 46’), Mathoho, Cardoso, Ntiya-Ntiya; Katsande © , Maluleka, Zuma (Kambole 69’), Manyama; Castro, Nurković
Subs not used: Khune, Ngezana, Baccus, Mashiane, Parker
Arrows: Mlungwna; Makhubela, Sibisi, Mathiane ©, Phiri; Shitolo, Lunga, Parusnath (Venter 90’), Dube; Mtshali, Mutizwa,
Subs not used: Gumede, Dube, Nkombelo, Sibeko, Lamola, Zuke
Chiefs take a break from league action for a while with their next engagement bring a Nedbank Cup Last 32 clash against Royal Eagles on the 8th of February at FNB Stadium.