Cape Town - Kaizer
Chiefs’ long wait for a return to winning form has been extended after they
were held to a 2-2 draw by Black Aces in an Absa Premiership match at Mbombela
Stadium on Tuesday.
Amakhosi looked to be on course for three points thanks to goals from Siphiwe
Tshabalala and Willard Katsande, but equalisers from Bhongelwethu Jayiya and
Eddie Ngalo – the latter’s arrived three minutes after the end of regulation
time – forced a share of the spoils for AmaZayoni.
a quiet opening to the match, Chiefs put together a slick passing move in the
12th minute and Lucky Baloyi, having spotted Jackson Mabokgwane off
his line, almost embarrassed the Aces goalkeeper with a long range effort which
drifted just over the crossbar.
minutes later the hosts should have broken the deadlock, with Eddie Ngalo
providing a lovely cross from the left to find the head of Sibusiso Masina, but
the young striker’s effort went wide of the near post.
21 minutes the Amakhosi claimed the lead and broke a dry spell in front of goal
which stretched back to February – but in the most bizarre circumstances.
long pass into the box from Siphiwe Tshabalala saw Mabokgwane rush off his line
to try and punch clear, but he only succeeded in colliding with a combination
of Ngalo and Bernard Parker, allowing the ball to roll into an unguarded net.
With no one else getting a touch, the goal was credited to ‘Shabba’.
few minutes later Chiefs somehow scrambled the ball away from their goalmouth
to deny Aces an equaliser, with Aubrey Ngoma, Collins Mbesuma and Vincent
Kobola all looking likely to find the net from close range.
looked the better team for much of the first half, but on 36 minutes Chiefs
were inches away from doubling their lead, as a brilliant turn and shot in the
box from Parker saw the ball thunder into the underside of the crossbar.
came into the second half with renewed vigour and claimed an equaliser seven
minutes after the restart, with Bhongolwethu Jayiya superbly side-footing home
a volley from Mbesuma’s assist to make it 1-1.
parity lasted only until just after the hour mark before Chiefs reclaimed the
lead. Willard Katsande stole the ball in midfield as Aces looked to pass out of
the back and proceeded to score with a long-range shot which deflected off
through the second half the Amakhosi almost added to their advantage, but
Tshabalala was unable to direct a header on target after Lucky Baloyi’s shot
deflected kindly into the veteran midfielder’s path.
looked to be on course for victory, but in the third minute of added time Aces
claimed an equaliser, with Eddie Ngalo shooting through a crowd of bodies after
great work by substitute Judas Moseamedi down the right flank.