Amakhosi drop crucial points against Marumo Gallants
Kaizer Chiefs dropped two crucial points as they played out to a 1-1 draw against Marumo Gallants at the FNB Stadium on Saturday night.
In a must win encounter for Arthur Zwane's men, Amakhosi started like a house on fire as Ashley Du Preez broke the deadlock in the 6th minute after a brilliant solo effort that saw the 25 year-old score for the second consecutive match at the FNB Stadium for the home side.
The goal spurred Amakhosi on as Du Preez, Christian Saile and Keagan Dolly were on the transition in the opening exchanges however, lack of composure up front let the home team down.
With Gallants gaining confidence as they settled in the encounter, Kaizer Chiefs' Edmilson Dove gifted Marumo's striker Ranga Chivaviro an easy equaliser in the 36th minute.
The equaliser proved to be the last bit of action in the first half as the two sides went to the break on level terms.
Zwane's halftime team talk seemed to have inspired his charges as Chiefs started the second half the same way they began the first, creating promising chances but once again lack of finishing in front of goal was Amakhosi's worst nightmare.
"10111" as he was affectionately called by many during his playing days brought in some fresh legs with Happy Mashiane and George Matlou replacing Keagan Dolly and Mduduzi Shabalala in the last 20 minutes of the clash.
Chivaviro could have punished Chiefs again in the second half but the striker’s poor touch inside the area was easily smothered by Petersen after the Chiefs defence was again caught in no-man’s land.
Marumo's stagnant defence was the difference between the two sides as they consolidated matters until full-time.
The draw has put a dent in Amakhosi's quest for a top two finish as they are now languishing on the fourth spot in the league with 41 points, while Marumo will be happy with what they managed to grind this week as they also collected three points at home in their 3-1 victory over Royal AM on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Orlando Pirates moved back to the second spot on the DSTV Premiership table after defeating Chippa United 2-0 at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Saturday night.
Goals by Kabelo Dlamini and Thembinkosi Lorch in the first half secured the much needed three points for Pirates as Jose Riveiro's men kept their CAF Champions League hopes alive.
Pirates leapfrogged SuperSport United, who beat TS Galaxy 2-0 at the Tshwane University of Technology Stadium on Friday night, with five matches remaining.
The Soweto giants will now turn their attention to the Nedbank Cup quarterfinals next weekend with Pirates traveling to the Peter Mokaba Stadium for a date with Dondol Stars on Saturday while Amakhosi entertain Royal AM at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Sunday.