Unlucky AmaZulu held by Chiefs – ABSA Premiership 2017/18

Mbongeni Gumede of AmaZulu

Austin Ditlhobolo

Wednesday Nov 22, 2017. 21:48

Kaizer Chiefs held AmaZulu to a 0-0 draw in an Absa Premiership match at the King Zwelithini Stadium on Wednesday night.

As a result, AmaZulu climb up to ninth spot on the league table, while Chiefs move up to sixth spot.

Chiefs shot-stopper Itumeleng Khune was the busier of the two goalkeepers in the first-half as the hosts searched for the opening goal.

Siyethemba Mnguni tried his luck from range in the sixth minute and Khune made a decent save to deny the AmaZulu midfielder.

Usuthu were in control of the match with Amakhosi under pressure, but the hosts could not get their shots on target.

Mhlengi Cele had a chance to make it 1-0 to AmaZulu in the 20th minute and the striker fired wide of the target.

Khune, who was having a good game, produced two back-to-back saves with seven minutes left before half-time.

The South African international denied Mbongeni Gumede and Phumlani Gumede within a minute.

The score was 0-0 at the interval following a first-half which was dominated by AmaZulu, but they could not beat Chiefs captain Khune.

Usuthu had a chance to break the deadlock eight minutes into the second-half after they were awarded a penalty.

However, Khune came to Chiefs’ rescue once again as he made a good save to deny Manzini from the spot-kick.

Usuthu continued to launch attacks and Mhlengi Cele placed his effort over the crossbar in the 64th minute.

Boalefa Pule, Usuthu’s shot-stopper, then produced a great save to deny Gustavo Paez two minutes later as Chiefs searched for the opening goal.

The former South Africa youth international also denied Chiefs striker Bernard Parker in the latter stages of the game.

AmaZulu defender Phumlani Gumede received a red card in the dying minutes of the match and ultimately, the game ended in a 0-0 draw.

AmaZulu 0

Chiefs 0

AmaZulu: Pule B, Gumede P, Gumede M, Mtsweni, Sikhakhane, Morton, Ncube, Mnguni, Ncobeni (Karuru 60′), Cele (Daporh 90’+1), Manzini (Ntsundwana 82′).

Chiefs: Khune, Cardoso, Hadebe, Ngezana, Zulu, Katsande, Maluleka, Ekstein (Tshabalala 66′), Molangoane, Páez (Zuma 83′), Parker (Jayiya 88′).

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South Africa beat unlucky Namibia in plate final

Lehlogonolo Masalesa of South Africa tackled by Wangu Gome of Namibia challenged during 2017 Cosafa Castle Cup match between South Africa and Namibia at Moruleng Stadium in Rustenburg on 07 July 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Austin Ditlhobolo

Friday Jul 07, 2017. 19:02

South African defeated Namibia 1-0 in the 2017 COSAFA Cup plate final at the Moruleng Stadium in Moruleng on Friday.

As a result, Bafana Bafana and the Brave Warriors finished fifth and sixth respectively in this year’s tournament.

The Brave Warriors were awarded a glorious opportunity to take the lead just four minutes into the game after Roger Katjiteo was fouled in the South Africa box.

However, Namibia captain Ronald Ketjijere missed the target from the spot-kick with South Africa goalkeeper Boafela Pule guessing the right way.

Namibia keeper Maximilian Mbaeva was called into action in the 24th minute and he made an easy save from South Africa striker Judas Moseamedi’s long range shot.

The momentum was with Bafana Bafana with Mbaeva being kept busy by the tournament hosts with their crosses into the Namibia box.

The 28-year-old shot-stopper was finally beaten in the 36th minute when Mohau Mokate scored with a deflected shot from outside the box making it 1-0 to South Africa.

South Africa were then forced to make a substitution four minutes later after Thendo Mukumela went down injured and was replaced by Sandile Mthethwa.

But Bafana managed to contain the Brave Warriors in the remaining minutes of the first-half and South Africa were leading 1-0 during the half-time break.

It should have been 2-0 to South Africa just 12 minutes into the second-half- following a good move by the four-time COSAFA Cup champions.

Nduduzo Sibiya sent Mosemedi through on goal with Mbaeva caught off his goal line, but the bulky striker’s lobbed effort went wide of the target.

Bafana were enjoyed more possession against the 2015 COSAFA Cup champions and Sibiya forced Mbaeva into a save from a free-kick in the 64th minute.

The Brave Warriors’ best chance fell for Denzil Haoseb with 13 minutes left on the clock, but the defender’s header hit the crossbar with Pule beaten.

Namibia attacked in numbers in the closing stages of the encounter as they looked to snatch a late equalizing goal and silence the South African fans.

However, South Africa defender Mthethwa made a brilliant goal line clearance and Pule pulled off a great late save to ensure that Bafana emerged 1-0 winners over the Brave Warriors.

South Africa (1) 1 (Mokate 36′)

Namibia (0) 0

South Africa: Pule, Mukumela (Mthethwa 40′), Malepe, Booysen, Gordinho, Mvala, Masalesa, Norodien (Jordan 77′), Sibiya, Mokate (Webber 86′), Moseamedi.

Namibia: Mbaeva, Haoseb, Hanamub (Gebhardt 53′), Karongee, Shitembi, Horaeb, Ketjijere, Keimuine (Shalulie 61′), Gome (Nenkavu 81′), Hotto, Katjiteo.

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