Soweto - Kaizer Chiefs lost 1-0 to German Bundesliga side
1899 Hoffenheim at the FNB Stadium on Friday night, the supersport.com website reports.
However, despite the loss, the Amakhosi competed well with
the Germans in this international friendly. New signing David Zulu made his
debut, coming on late in the match.
Itumeleng Khune started in his first game since recovering
from injury late last year. Matthew Rusike got a chance to prove himself, playing
on the right-wing, while Simphiwe Mtsweni replaced the injured Tsepo Masilela
at left-back. Siphelele Mthembu was the striker.
Doctor Khumalo was in charge of the team against the Germans
with Stuart Baxter sitting in the stands.
Both teams came out to attack with Hoffenheim getting the
first opportunity to score, but the shot went wide.
Chiefs did well and created some chances too, the best
coming for Siphiwe Tshabalala in the 12th minute, but he slightly miss-hit the
Hoffenheim showed why they are in seventh position on the
German Bundesliga log, displaying some good combination play.
German international Kevin Volland was lively on the
right-wing, while striker Adam Szalai created a few problems for Amakhosi’s
Tshabalala got another chance in the 33rd minute, but the
German goalkeeper made an excellent save diving to his right.
The game was flowing up and down, being played at a high
pace. For Chiefs, Rusike did a fine job on the right-wing giving his opponent a
During the halftime break both teams made several changes.
For the Amakhosi, Kgotso Moleko (for Siboniso Gaxa) and Levy Mokgothu (for
Mtsweni) came on, while Hoffenheim made five substitutions.
Chiefs continued to do well in the second half, often having
the Germans on the back-foot. However, it was a bit less entertaining than the
first half, which was partly due to the numerous substitutions.
In the end, Hoffenheim did get their goal when their French
striker Anthony Modeste excellently put the ball past Reyaad Pieterse, who had
earlier come on for Khune.
The Chiefs captain had a fine match before being substituted
in the 56th minute.
With five Amakhosi players with Bafana Bafana at the Africa
Cup of Nations, a win was always a tough task, but young players like Rusike
and Moleko performed well.
Chiefs did get a few opportunities to equalise, but it
wasn’t to be. The players, however, more than competed with their German
Bundesliga counterparts, which is a positive sign with the CAF Champions League
matches starting next month.
Kaizer Chiefs 0
1899 Hoffenheim (0) 1 (Modeste 70’)
Kaizer Chiefs: Khune (C) (Pieterse 56’), Gaxa (Moleko 46’),
Gould, Mashamaite, Mtsweni (Mokgothu 46’), Rusike, Bukenya, Maluleka (Nkosi
77’), Lebese (Mphela 86’), Tshabalala (Zulu 92’), Mthembu (Karuru 74’)
Hoffenheim: Baumann, Strobl, Abraham (Rapp 89’), Bicakcic
(Toljan 46’), Beck (Salihovic 46’), Volland (Amiri 46’), Polanski (Rudy 46’),
Schwegler (Herdling 62’), Elyounoussi (Hamad 62’), Firmino (Zuber 62’), Szalai