13 JANUARY 2018
Kaizer Chiefs 2 (Moon 31’, Zuma 65’)
Polokwane City 1 (Musona 22’)
Kaizer Chiefs beat Polokwane City 2-1 in an Absa Premiership match at FNB Stadium on Saturday night. ‘Super sub’ Dumsani Zuma scored the winner for Amakhosi after the two teams went into the break level at 1-1.
This was Amakhosi’s first home match of the year, their first one at the FNB Stadium in over two months. The team last played at the calabash when they hosted the Soweto derby back in October 2017. There was a fairly decent show of support at the FNB Stadium on a very warm Saturday evening that followed a scorching day in Johannesburg. The home team enjoyed at least 95 percent support from those in attendance.
Coach Steve Komphela made 4 changes to the team that drew against SuperSport United the previous week when he brought in Mulomowandau Mathoho for the suspended Siyabonga Ngezana. Wiseman Meyiwa replaced another suspended player, George Maluleka and Siphosakhe Ntiya-Ntiya made way for Philani Zulu, who had recovered from his light injury. Ryan Moon completed the quartet, coming in for Hendrick Ekstein.
The first 10 minutes saw little goalmouth action as both teams battled for midfield ascendancy.
The first real threat came in the 14th minute when Wiseman Meyiwa unleashed a powerful shot from the right that had initially unsighted Polokwane City goalkeeper George Chigova scrambling to push it wide as the ball dipped in front of him.
A minute later, Meyiwa again struck the ball cleanly, but the effort failed to hit the target.
In the 21st minute, Polokwane’s Rodney Ramagalela was brought down in a dangerous position outside the 18 area by Teenage Hadebe. From the resulting free kick, Walter Musona smashed the ball into the top left-hand corner of Itumeleng Khune’s goal to give the visitors a 1-0 lead. Even a full stretch, Khune was unable to prevent Musona from bagging his fourth goal of the season.
Musona could have doubled his and his team’s tally when he had a one-on- one chance against Khune but the Amakhosi keeper adeptly managed to stop him in his tracks and won the ball. In the 30th minute, Siphiwe ‘Shabba’ Tshabalala’s rasping shot forced into Chigova with his legs at the expense of a corner.
It proved even costlier when Ryan Moon headed home from Shabba’s pin-point delivery to equalise to the great delight of the Amakhosi faithful.
In the 45th minute, Shabba was unceremoniously fouled by Sammy Seabi, who was fortunate to escape a booking, but Shabba couldn’t convert the free kick and the referee blew the whistle to mark the end of the first half with both teams going into the break level with a goal apiece.
There were no changes to the playing personnel at the start of the second half.
The first real action came in the 51st minute when Teenage Hadebe was cautioned for another late challenge on Ramagalela, resulting in another free kick on the edge of the Amakhosi penalty area. Again Musona took on the challenge but failed to repeat his first half accuracy.
Chiefs continued to probe but clear-cut opportunities remained elusive.
In the 55th minute, Shabba’s long free kick from outside the area was almost headed home by Hadebe.
Three minutes later an intricate four-man passing move ended with Polokwane’s Rendani Ndou putting the ball in the net but to Chiefs’ relief the goal was correctly ruled out for offside.
Amakhosi’s new signing Siphelele Ntshangase came on to make his debut for the Glamour Boys when he replaced Meyiwa in the 62nd minute.
A couple of minutes later Dumsani Zuma came on for the Venezuelan, Gustavo Páez and he had been on the pitch barely a minute when he found himself on the end of Joseph Molongoane’s excellent cross and made no mistake to give Chiefs a well-deserved lead.
City made their first substitution in the 67th when Lorence Vilakazi was replaced by Wiseman Maluleke.
Their second change saw Thanduxolo Booi come on for Walter Musona in the 70th minute.
City almost equalised when Ramagalela had a fine shot at goal that demanded Khune’s best to keep it out. Ryan Moon, who had justified his selection, made way for the fresh legs of Hendrick Ekstein in the 76th minute.
Polokwane gamely tried to forge a way back into the match but the closest they came was in stoppage time, when Jabulani Maluleke’s free kick cannoned back off the wall.
After six minutes of added time, the referee blew the final whistle and Chiefs ended the contest as worthy winners.
Molangoane was voted man of match for his dangerous forays down the right hand side and, in particular, putting in important crosses, one of which resulted in Chiefs’ winning goal.
Key moment in the match:
Ryan Moon’s return to the starting line-up. His goal got Chiefs back on level terms and enabled the team to settle and take full control of the match.
Most Valuable Player (MVP):
Shabba had a great game, marking his 350th appearance in Gold & Black with some sublime passes and key shots at goal, but it was Molangoane’s industrious work on the right that got the judges’ and analysts’ nod to be voted man of the match.
What it means:
The Phefeni Glamour Boys now occupy the fourth spot on the Absa Premiership log with 26 points from 17 matches.
Kaizer Chiefs 11: Khune, Cardoso, Hadebe, Mathoho, Zulu, Molangoane, Katsande,
Meyiwa (Ntshangase 61’), Tshabalala, Moon (Ekstein 76’), Páez (Zuma 64’)
Subs not used: Khuzwayo, Moleko, Mphahlele, Ntiya-Ntiya
Polokwane City 11: Chigova; Semenya, Hlongwane, Maponyane, Mbonani, Seabi,
Ramagalela, Vilakazi (W Maluleke 67’), Ndou, J Maluleke, Musona (Booi 70’)
Subs not used: Ndlovu, Manaka, Ravhuhali, Tshehla, Tshilo
Kaizer Chiefs play another team from Polokwane when they visit Baroka FC in an Absa Premiership at the Peter Mokaba stadium on Sunday, 21 January 2018. The match will kick off at 15:30.