Ea Lla Koto steal vital point as Amakhosi continue to suffer
Kaizer Chiefs spurned a golden opportunity to move into second position on the log when they were held to a draw by visitors Free State Stars at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban yesterday.
The two goals came in a frenetic three-minute period in the second half of a match that at best, flattered to deceive. Amakhosi had the better of a vaguely entertaining first half where two chances from George Maluleka were the best the home side could offer. The 21st- and 38th-minute chances started from the creative and pacy Gustavo Paez, whose forays down the right side often caught Ea Lla Koto flat.
Paez’s cut-back passes were perfect shooting platforms for Maluleka but they went narrowly wide of Ali Sangare’s net. Marksman Bernard Parker also had a decent 41st-minute opportunity from winger Joseph Molangoane’s cross but the chance was wasted.Stars had two early chances through Sinethemba Jantjie and Thabo Maphakisa which were not converted. Chiefs veteran Siphiwe Tshabalala also had a shot that had the beating of goalkeeper Sangare but not Sifiso Mbhele, who had to come off with a strained hamstring.
Embattled Chiefs coach Steve Komphela sought to keep the nucleus of the team that escaped with a 0-0 draw against AmaZulu on Wednesday evening. Tshabalala was the only change, starting ahead of Hendrick Ekstein while the new centreback combination of Siyabonga Ngezana and Teenage Hadebe kept it clean and tight.There was much improved play in the second half and Stars took the initiative in the 64th minute on the back of sloppy work from Molangoane.