Kaizer Chiefs came into this clash chasing their 10th successive league win at the expense of Maritzburg United in front of the packed Harry Gwala Stadium on Tuesday night.
The home side was buoyed by their last week’s 3-2 victory away to AmaTuks, and were first to take the lead in the second minute through Ryan de Jongh’s superb strike from range.
However, their excitement was cut short after Shuaib Walters fumbled Siphiwe Tshabalala’s long range shot that came off the crossbar before Kingston Nkhatha slotted home with an easy tap-in for his fourth goal in the his last three Chiefs games.
Walters denied Siboniso Gaxa with a brilliant save in the 20th minute after the Chiefs full-back surged into the Maritzburg United’s box.
The Team of Choice continued to push forward despite struggling to deal with Chiefs in the midfield, and Bongolwethu Jayiya came close to restoring their lead towards the half-hour mark when his left-footed curler sailed over the bar.
Lorenzo Gordinho conceded a penalty in the 34th minute when he brought Kurt Leintjies down inside the box, and the referee didn’t hesitate. Jayiya stepped up and bravely converted the spot-kick to restore Maritzburg’s lead.
Mario Booysen’s powerful header was brilliantly tipped over the bar by Itumeleng Khune, and Chiefs reacted instantly and should have equalised through Tefu Mashamaite who missed the target from Tshabalala’s corner.
Eric Mathoho rose above the Maritzburg’s defence in the 55th minute, but his header was fantastically saved by Walters who positioned himself well to tip it around the post for a corner.
Baxter made two changes with less than 30 minutes remaining on the clock. Katlego Mphela replaced goalscorer Nkhatha while George Lebese came on for Knowledge Musona.
AmaKhosi dominated ball possession but failed to convert it into goalscoring chances until Bernard Parker right-footed effort went straight into Walters’ hands with 15 minutes to go.
The visitors then grabbed the equaliser from Mashamaite, who rose majestically to head Parker’s 80th minute free-kick into an empty net.
On 82 minutes, Mphela failed to hit the target with only the keeper to beat from the right hand side of the box, as Chiefs grew in confidence and looked to steal all three points.
However, Maritzburg United defended well and held on to a vital point against Chiefs to take them to 17 points after 17 games.