PSL News 3.2.2018 08:42 pm

Wits draw leaves Chiefs off the pace

 Philani Zulu of Kaizer Chiefs wins possession against James Keene of Wits during the Absa Premiership match between Bidvest Wits and Kaizer Chiefs at Bidvest Stadium on February 03, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Sydney Seshibedi/Gallo Images)

Philani Zulu of Kaizer Chiefs wins possession against James Keene of Wits during the Absa Premiership match between Bidvest Wits and Kaizer Chiefs at Bidvest Stadium on February 03, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Sydney Seshibedi/Gallo Images)

Kaizer Chiefs ended the weekend seven points behind league leaders Mamelodi Sundowns following a 1-1 Premiership draw away to Bidvest Wits at on Saturday evening.

It was a fair result which saw both sides having their periods of dominance, although the point earned suited neither the struggling defending champions, nor the title hopefuls from Soweto.

The Students were on top for most of the first half, but struggled to click up front and barely tested Amakhosi keeper Itumeleng Khune.

The first chance of the night fell to Chiefs striker Gustavo Paez in the 13th minute, but his tame effort didn’t trouble Wits custodian Darren Keet.

Khune then kept out Edwin Gyimah from range before the Students’ hard-man fired a second shot over the bar.

After Kgotso Moleko had gone close with a long range cracker, the Soweto side took the lead against the run of play when Siphiwe Tshabalala’s inviting cross was headed in on the run by Ryan Moon five minutes before the break.

James Keene wasted a gilt-edged chance to level the game two minutes after half time when he dragged his shot wide after Daylon Claasen’s clever through ball.

The hosts finally got the breakthrough in the 54th minute when former Amakhosi striker Lehlohonolo Majoro reacted sharply to head in Sifiso Hlanti’s near-post cross.

After Gabadinho Mhango failed to capitalise on a mistake by Chiefs defender Lucky Ngezana, Moon spurned a fairly simple chance when he headed well over the bar from eight-yards out, completely unmarked in the Wits box.

Steve Komphela’s side went looking for the winner and substitute Siphelele Ntshangase was denied by a good save by Keet, who also bravely blocked Leonardo Castro at close range eight minutes from time as the rain came pouring down in Johannesburg.

It almost ended badly for the Glamour Boys when Bongolethu Jayiya’s 90th minute sliding clearance on a Claasen cross flew past Khune’s upright by a matter of inches.

Claasen also had a late shot saved by Khune as Chiefs had to hold on for the point.

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