Chiefs throw away yet more points
Chiefs throw away yet more points

Posted in News on Dec 18, 2001.

Kaizer Chiefs, defeated by Orlando Pirates on Saturday, gave away another two points Tuesday night when they allowed AmaZulu to equalise in a 1-1 Castle Premiership draw at Ellis Park Stadium.

Chiefs took the lead in the 48th minute when Shaun Permall

headed in Thabiso Malatsi's cross. But Edson Minga pulled an

equaliser for the Durban visitors when he converted a well played ball by Alton Meiring after 65 minutes.

The Chiefs side showed seven changes, five of them irregulars, to the team that lost 3-0 to Pirates.

On Tuesday night, the home side should have secured a win

considering the number of chances they created.

As early as the second minute Kenny Niemach could have opened the score after connecting Permall's cross, but his header was too high.

The Amakhosi were not connecting, especially in the midfield

where Nhlanhla Mathebula and Kannemeyer were exposed.

AmaZulu's first clearcut chance was in the 23rd minute. With

Chiefs goalkeeper Brian Baloyi beaten, Alban Newman's shot went wide.

The game was halted for about five minutes when AmaZulu

goalkeeper Pelewe Delamago required medical attention.

The home side's backline, Nhlanhla Kubheka apart, were were

found wanting time and again. Baloyi was called to task in the 33rd minute when Meiring attempted a volley.

Trying to boost the midfield, Chiefs head coach Mushin Ertugral brought on the experienced Patrick Mbuthu for Isaac Mabotsa in the 41st minute.

In the second half the introduction of Malatsi for Gerald Sibeko seemed to inject some energy into the middle of the park and Chiefs frequented AmaZulu's danger area. But the Durban side's defence was uncompromising.

Chiefs, who promised to take every available domestic cup, have done nothing but slide since they captured the African Cup Winners Mandela Cup three weeks ago.

Their operation to "take everything" has turned into Operation

"Give Away Points".

Regrouping is what the Amakhosi will need to do before they play their last match of the year, against pace setters Moroka Swallows at the same venue on Saturday.

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