Samir Nurkovic (Gallo Photos)
A desperate Kaizer Chiefs aspect needed to reach motivate from a aim all of the procedure in which down to accept an all-crucial 1-1 procedure in opposition to Stellenbosch FC on Sunday in an Absa Premiership bump into.
AS IT HAPPENED: Kaizer Chiefs 1-1 Stellenbosch
Man-of-the-Match Leletu Skelem scored the hole aim of a charming bump into on 35 minutes, for his 2d in successive games, but Lazarous Kambole netted a 69th minute equaliser.
The final result left Amakhosi six aspects determined of 2d-placed Mamelodi Sundowns on 53 aspects but having performed a game more.
Stellies ended the night time in ninth sigh, with 34 aspects from 27 games.
It used to be a cagey birth up by every sides and not using a determined-minimize potentialities at either extinguish in the hole 10 minutes.
Chiefs finally carved out an opening after a slick passage of play but Reeve Frosler used to be easiest ready to fireplace his shot, from the fringe of the sigh, straight at Stellenbosch goalkeeper Lee Langeveldt.
There used to be no risk to a shot from Siphelele Ntshangase on the 18th minute forward of a free kick from the left from Marc van Heerden used to be confidently plucked out of the air from Chiefs’ quantity 1 stopper Daniel Akpeyi.
Chiefs started to dominate possession, while a scenario on Lee Langeveldt from Leonardo Castro left coach Steve Barker taking a interrogate on nervously as the keeper got medication.
Nonetheless it used to be Castro who needed to be modified, by Samir Nurkovic, after injuring his hamstring – but easiest after Siyabonga Ngezana headed accurate large of the Stellenbosch post from a neatly-hit Bernard Parker offer for the acceptable chance of the match.
Parker used to be prosperous purpose with a speculative shot from vary midway thru the first interval but Skelem made no mistake with a fabulous header from internal the box accurate moments later, after some wonderful trickery from Ashley Du Preez on the left to carry out sigh for his cross.
A glancing header from Ngezana fell kindly into Langeveldt’s hands on 42 minutes as Chiefs seemed procure motivate in the game, with Nurkovic no nearer to the purpose along with his looping header on 44 minutes.
There used to be a blow for Stellenbosch forward of the smash with Nathan Sinkala picking up an effort and desiring to be modified by Kristopher Bergman.
Ernst Middendorp made three changers at half time with Lazarous Kambole, Kgotso Moleko and Dumisani Zuma brought about for Ntshangase, Kharma Billiat and Siphosakhe Ntiya-Ntiya.
Every aspect were taking a interrogate to procure forward with inch ith Kambole in with a enormous gamble after a loose touch from Nyiko Mobbie in the box, but Alan Robertson used to be on hand to determined
A 69th minute Parker free kick used to be over hit but Kambole used to be a welcome recipient from the next passage of play as the ball used to be floated motivate into the box by Frosler, leaving the striker to bundle the ball dwelling.
Skelem turned Cardoso neatly internal the Chiefs’ box but couldn’t beat Akpayi along with his shot at this time after as Stellies made a triple substitute of their accept as true with with 10 minutes of the game remaining.
Skelem made formula for Asavela Mbikile, Deano Van Rooyen came on for Ryan Moon and Zwelethu Ndlovu modified Van Heerden.
Parker kept taking pictures but with none terminate, as Du Preez came agonisingly shut to a winner for Stellenbosch when connecting to an beautiful cross from large from Mobbie but hit his shot into the aspect-netting.
Zuma fired a extremely dull effort at Langeveldt as Chiefs kept probing for a winner, nevertheless it easiest ended with frustration for Chiefs, with Nurkovic picking up his sixth reserving of the season, which formula he’ll omit Thursday’s clash with Mamelodi Sundowns.
– TEAMtalk media