Dstv Premiership Kaizer Chiefs continental quest suffer blow in Cape Town City draw

Kaizer Chiefs’ aspirations of qualifying for continental football next season suffered a setback after they were held to a 0-0 draw by Cape Town City in a DStv Premiership match at the Athlone Stadium in Cape Town on Saturday.

The result leaves them in 7th position in the table on 30 points from 21 matches, played, with nine left to play. Coach Cavin Johnson was forced to reconfigure his midfield due to the double suspension of Yusuf Maart and Edson Castillo, as well as injury to Nkosingiphile Ngcobo, and their replacements, Siyethembe Sithebe and Sibongiseni Mthethwa make a bright start to the game.

Indeed, the whole Amakhosi side made a fast start to the match, noticeably shifting the ball around at a pace that had the home team on the back foot in the early exchanges.

Sithebe, making his first start since November skied a Mduduzi Shabalala free kick over the bar after only five minutes and, two minutes later, played a perfectly weighted through ball to set Wandile Duba clear of the Citizens defence.

However, the teenage striker didn’t trust his left foot and in attempting to adjust his body to use his stronger right, failed to hit the target.Chiefs, were showing a willingness to get the ball forward quickly, occasionally perhaps too quickly, and a number of potential counter-attacks were scuppered by a hasty pass here and a heavy touch there.

Dennis Mabuka

Dennis Mabuka is a seasoned Kenyan journalist with 18 years of experience covering sports events. He is currently a sport content creator with en.Africatopsports.com.

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