Mohammed Ouseb scored a stunning goal in the 56th minute to equalise for Kaizer Chiefs against Moroka Swallows at Ellis Park on Saturday. The goal was, however, not enough as Swallows grabbed a late goal to win the game 2-1.
Amakhosi started like house on fire inspired by the enthusiastic 40 000 capacity crowd. Siyabonga “Bhele” Nomvete had the ball in the back of the net, connecting well to a Robert Nauseb cross but referee Simon Motau disallowed the goal.
But it was not clear whether it was for an offside as his assistant had the flag up, or for an infringement as the referee signaled.
With coach Muhsin Ertugral serving his first of the three-match suspension, assistant coach Steve Khompela was the man in charge and Chiefs should have buried the visitors in the first half. Chances were abound but good goalkeeping by Wendell Robinson denied Amakhosi.
The Amakhosi goal was under threat in the 45th minute with Ernest Marumo and Kenny Niemach threatening to score but danger was easily averted.
Khompela increased his strike force with the addition of Tony Illodigwe in place of Doctor Khumalo in the second half.
Robson “Mashamplane” Muchichwa was also brought on for Marco Mthembu, who did not have a good game in the first half.
Amakhosi had another good scoring chance in the 54th minute but Jabu Pule and Patrick Mbuthu froze in front of goals.
Swallows coach Victor Bondarenko brought on Molefi Ntsoelengoe for William Lerefolo in an attempt to stabilise his midfield. Ntsoelengoe received a hot reception on the field as Mohammed Ouseb fired a thunder shot in the 56th minute to bring Chiefs on equal terms. Pule was the supplier from a corner kick.
Arthur Zwane returned from injury as he came on for Robert Nauseb in the 881st minute but it was not Amakhosi’s day. There was only five minutes remaining when Sibusiso Mazibuko scored the late winner for Swallows as they slowly trot away from the relegation zone.
Disappointment for Amakhosi as victory could have taken them to second place with equal number of points as leaders Pirates.
Kaizer Chiefs: Brian Baloyi, Patrick Mabedi, Lifa Qgosha, Cyril Nzama, Marco Mthembu (Robson Muchichwa), Patrick Mbuthu, Doctor Khumalo (Tony Illodigwe), Mohammed Ouseb, Jabu Pule, Siyabonga Nomvete, Robert Nauseb (Arthur Zwane).
Moroka Swallows: Wendell Robinson, Johannes Mine, Gary McNab, Peter Matshite, Mxolisi Khondile, Sibusiso Mazibuko, William Lerefolo, Patrick Ningiza, Kenny Niemach, Samuel Ngobese, Ernest Marumo.