Chiefs, Sundowns draw Absa Premiership opener

Khama Billiat

Khama Billiat

by MTHULISI SIBANDA
PRETORIA, (CAJ News) – THE 2018/19 Absa Premiership season has gotten off to an intense start as Mamelodi Sundowns and Kaizer Chiefs played to a one-all draw at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria on Saturday.

Played in front of a crowd of 46 810 fans, the start of the match had to be delayed by 15 minutes to accommodate hordes of fans still stuck outside by the 15h00 initial kickoff time.

Chiefs were ahead in the eighth minute when former Sundowns man Ramahlwe Mphahlele stole possession from Uruguayan Gastón Sirino to fire a low shot below Dennis Onyango, the Ugandan in goal for Downs.

The match would immediately degenerate into sporadic scuffles at both ends and in one such encounter, Daniel Cardoso tripped New Zealander Jeremy Brockie. Penalty for Sundowns in the 24th minute.

Giant Brazilian defender, Ricardo Nascimento coolly converted past a diving Itumeleng Khune.

Usually-reliable midfielder Themba Zwane had a great opportunity to thrust defending champions Sundowns into an early second half lead but the ball bobbled out of his control with only Khune to beat.

At the other end, former Sundowns star Khama Billiat (later named
man-of-the-match), nearly punished his former employers but his short from an acute angle drew a smart save from Onyango.

Onyango escaped a dismissal in the 65th minute following an outburst against match officials.

Save for Sirino shooting inches wide and Chiefs substitute Gustavo Paez blazing wildly over in the closing stages, there were no further clear cut chances.

In the end, the two Gauteng rivals settled for a share of the spoils.

STARTING XIs
Sundowns: Onyango, Arendse, Ngcongca, Nascimento- Sirino Morena (85’, Kekana (Mabunda 78’), Zwane, Lakay, Manyisa, Vilakazi (Maboe 78’), Brockie Coach: Mosimane

Chiefs: Khune, Cardoso, Mathoho, Ntiya-Ntiya, Mphahlele (Moleko 87’), Tshabalala, Katsande, Ntshangase, Billiat, Castro (Paez 81’), Parker Coach: Solinas

– CAJ News

 

 

 

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