Cape Town - Kaizer Chiefs negotiated a raging storm in the Eastern Cape on
Sunday, when they beat Tornado FC 1-0 at the Sisa Dukashe Stadium.
The harsh reality for Kaizer Chiefs fans, in 2019, is that very
little has changed since Ernst Middendorp took over at the helm of the
club. The team is struggling to secure results and in truth, there had
even been doubts about that ahead of the fixture on Sunday.
To rub salt into the wounds, Chiefs didn't actually breach the
Tornado defence after 120 minutes on Sunday. It was in fact an
extraordinary own goal by Abongile Twani, in extra time, that helped
Chiefs cross the line.
Opportunities were few and far between for the visitors, but when they did come, Chiefs were toothless.
Goalkeeper, Khanya Mini made an error from a 13th minute cross and
Leonardo Castro had a glorious opportunity to put Chiefs ahead, but he
Leonard Ntshangase even had a second go at it, but couldn't breach the opposition defence either.
The failure to convert opportunities was compounded by a sometimes
threatening Tornado team, which was not at all intimidated by the size
of the club it was playing against.
It took a heroic save from Virgil Vries, to keep out a Kifuwe Siyoko
header in the first stanza. Tornado were equally as spirited on defence
and it ultimately took a woeful mistake to let Chiefs into the gate.