Chiefs and SuperSport share spoils in Soweto

ALL SQUARE: Supersport United’s Dean Furman and Kaizer Chiefs’ George Maluleka during their Absa Premiership match at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg last night. Picture: GALLO IMAGE
ALL SQUARE: Supersport United’s Dean Furman and Kaizer Chiefs’ George Maluleka during their Absa Premiership match at
the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg last night. Picture: GALLO IMAGE

Amakhosi draw 1-1 with United, while Sundowns beat Arrows 3-0

Kaizer Chiefs and Super- Sport United played to a 1-1 stalemate in an Absa Premiership clash at the FNB Stadium in Soweto last night.

Thabo Mnyamane and George Lebese scored within the space of one first-half minute as the two teams shared the spoils.

As early as the opening minute, SuperSport United opened up the hosts, but with the goal at his mercy, Mnyamane scuffed his effort wide when a ball across the face of goal would have surely resulted in an early goal.

Matsatsantsa continued to boss proceedings in the opening exchanges, with former Chiefs midfielder, Reneilwe Letsholonyane, finding a pocket of space on the edge of the area before firing his resulting shot over the crossbar on 15 minutes.

Mnyamane opened the scoring for the visitors on the half-hour mark, the former AmaTuks man seeing his first-time effort from a Jeremy Brockie cross past Itumeleng Khune.

Chiefs hit straight back from the resulting kick-off through Lebese in the 31st minute.

Back in the starting XI, the winger made his presence felt with his turn and shot having the beating of Reyaad Pieterse, who was making his official debut for the club.

The goal breathed life into the Amakhosi, with Steve Komphela’s men launching wave after wave of attack on the SuperSport goal.

Having reverted back to a 4-4-1-1 formation, Chiefs were never going to be accused of employing a defensive approach – with plenty of attacking impetus in their side – and it showed, with SuperSport holding on for dear life.

First, George Maluleka forced Pieterse into a succession of saves before Ramahlwe Mphahlele was also denied by the burly shot-stopper.

When Willard Katsande’s deflected shot finally had the beating of the goal-minder, the ball hit the underside of the crossbar and into the grateful hands of Pieterse.

SuperSport, though, had their chances with a superb bit of individual brilliance by Grobler, almost leading to a goal.

Having upended Lorenzo Gordinho and Itumeleng Khune, the Bafana Bafana forward failed to find the finishing touch, as the two teams entered the dressing room deadlocked at 1-1.

For all the attacking entertainment in the first half, the second failed to live up to the billing, with chances few and far between.

The Glamour Boys, though, did show great improvement following their disappointing showing in defeat to Mamelodi Sundowns, with Erick Mathoho squandering a late chance to win it for hosts.

Mathoho took up a superb position in the box, but could only direct a powerful cross into the area wide of goal as the game ended in a draw.

The result moves SuperSport United up to third, while Chiefs occupy fifth place after 10 rounds of fixtures.

Meanwhile, goals from Hlompho Kekana, Sibusiso Vilakazi and Themba Zwane were enough for Mamelodi Sundowns to beat Golden Arrows 3-0 at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria.

Pitso Mosimane’s men now move to eighth spot, with 10 points from three league wins. – SuperSpor t.com Other results: Bidvest Wits 2 Highlands Park 2, Polokwane City 1 Free State Stars 0.

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