The last few days have been hell for those that pledge allegiance to the Kaizer Chiefs flag and Sunday’s away league travel against Limpopo strugglers Marumo Gallants couldn’t arrive fast ample for some of them.
Chiefs suffered the ignominy of a humiliating 4-1 defeat to beginners Royal AM a week ago and a match against the premiership’s basement side would have been welcomed as an opportunity for some redemption for coach Stuart Baxter’s as soon as Mighty AmaKhosi.
Nonetheless these are demanding occasions in Naturena and Chiefs had been fortunate to sneak a point in a goalless draw against a side that started the day within the bottom of the premiership standings on Sunday morning .
The 2 facets performed with 10 males after receiving sending offs – , but Gallants will maintain in mind themselves unfortunate that they did no longer attach their ailing visitors to the sword.
Chiefs boss Bobby Motaung will probably be cursing the soccer Gods as the visitors may probably have undeservedly gained the match appropriate at the death when Khama Billiat delivered a free kick into the area within the 88th minute that appeared to be on track to changing into the decisive kick of the match.
Nonetheless while Billiat’s kick chanced on captain Eric Mathoho’s head, Gallants keeper Washington Arubi denied the towering defender with a brilliant save.
Such was the purpose-blank save that it compelled a scared Motaung to grudgingly applaud the stop from the stands.
Chiefs moved moved to 13th place on the standings after the result while Gallants finally acquired off the foot the table to upward push to 15th place, with TS Galaxy taking their place within the basement.
Gallants may probably be the more devastated of the 2 golf equipment as there had been occasions when the Limpopo side looked the better team on the pitch. In fact, they had been hardly examined by a Chiefs side that was about as aggressive as a toothless shark within the first half.
Chiefs did no longer have a single attempt at goal on target within the first half and this may have paralyzed those that plan this side can rattle the dominance of champions Mamelodi Sundowns this season.
Gallant had the handiest chance of the opening length when Katlego Otladisa related beautifully with a inappropriate into the area and headed what he plan was the opening goal of the match.
Nonetheless Chiefs goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi was up to the task and made a brilliant single hand save to narrate Otladisa what would have been the opening goal of the match within the 13th minute.
Middle-backs Eric Mathoho and Daniel Cardoso had been nowhere to be chanced on and will have been grateful that the Nigerian goalkeeper was on hand to assemble the ravishing point-blank save.
Gallant persisted to ask questions of Chiefs and regularly examined Akpeyi, with Chiefs offering very cramped within the reverse halt of the pitch.
Chiefs’ handiest chance of the length came within the 37th minute when Cole Alexander shot from range outside the area, but his strike sailed successfully over Gallant goalkeeper Arubi’s crossbar.