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Bengu (Mabuya 68’)
Manqana (Musonda 84’)
Mshengu (Gabuza 61’)
GOLDEN ARROWS 0
0 KAIZER CHIEFS
Date: Tuesday, 09 February 2010
Venue: Moses Mabhida Stadium
Kaizer Chiefs’ search for their first Absa Premiership win of 2010 will continue after they were held to a goalless draw by Golden Arrows at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on Tuesday evening.
Amakhosi dominated the first half against the KwaZulu-Natal side, who then turned the tables on their Soweto visitors in the second stanza and created several great opportunities to win the game that they failed to convert.
Chiefs made several changes from the line-up that drew 2-2 with Jomo Cosmos at the weekend, with coach Vladimir Vermezovic handing several fringe players and youngsters a chance in the starting XI.
After a tame opening few minutes it was Chiefs who gradually took control of the game, with Knowledge Musona, George Lebese and Nkosinathi Nhleko combining well in the final third of the field.
However, the first genuine chance fell to Arrows, with Njabulo Manqana’s low drive well saved by Arthur Bartman after the Chiefs corner had initially tried to punch away a Richard Henyekane corner kick.
Amakhosi almost came up with a goal midway through the first half when a deflected clearance from the Arrows defence fell kindly for Musona, but Thulasizwe Khuzwayo made a good save at point-blank range.
Four minutes later Lebese swung in a good cross from the right that found the head of Mandla Masango but the young winger’s effort was well wide of goal.
Abafana Bes’thende, though they were seeing far less of the ball, looked to hit Chiefs on the counter and the pace of Henyekane, Manqana and Lindokuhle Bengu posed an ominous threat.
As half time approached the visitors really began to turn the screw on Arrows, but Nhleko’s snap shot flashed wide of goal after a good run from Jimmy Tau, and Musona was desperately unlucky to see a low, left-footed drive rebound off the base of the post.
But if Chiefs were the better team in the first 45 minutes, Arrows were greatly improved after the break and should have gone on to win the game.
Thokozani Mshengu had three wonderful chances in the first 15 minutes of the second half but on each occasion, when put clean through on goal, he simply lost his nerve and fluffed the opportunities.
On 58 minutes Mzuvukile Tom provided an incisive low pass into the box that was met by a run from Ntlantla Zothwane but Bartman made an excellent reaction save to keep his side on level terms.
Chiefs’ best chance of the second half came on 67 minutes, with an imaginative effort from Mandla Masango being tipped over the bar by Khuzwayo.
A goalless draw looked more and more likely as the game wore on, but Zothwane should have broken the deadlock three minutes before the end of regulation time, failing to beat Bartman with a free header in the penalty area.
Golden Arrows 0
Kaizer Chiefs 0
Arrows: (4-4-2) Khuzwayo; Zwane, Sangweni, Mvalo, Tom; Bengu (Mabuya 68’), Khuboni, Zothwane, Manqana (Musonda 84’); Mshengu (Gabuza 61’), R. Henyekane
Chiefs: (4-4-2) Bartman; Tau, Nahayo, Sweswe, Jambo; Masango (Nale 72’), Yende (Dladla 77’), Nengomasha, Lebese; Musona, Nhleko (Torrealba 82’)
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Masango (Nale 72’)
Yende (Dladla 77’)
Nhleko (Torrealba 82’)