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  • 15 December 2012
  • • 18:00
  • • FNB Stadium (Soccer City), Johannesburg, GA
  • Referee: V. Hungwani
  • • Attendance: 5000

Kaizer Chiefs 1-1 Pretoria University: Chiefs have to settle for a draw against an obstinate AmaTuks

Kaizer Chiefs 1-1 Pretoria University: Chiefs have to settle for a draw against an obstinate AmaTuks

The league leaders slipped up as the "giant killers" AmaTuks continued their impressive away form after earning a hard fought draw in Soweto

Kaizer Chiefs and Pretoria University played to a 1-1- draw at the FNB Stadium on Saturday evening.

After a first half devoid of goals, the second sparkled with the opener scored by George Lebese in the 55th minute and Mame Niang netting the equaliser 11 minutes later for Tuks.  

AmaTuks had enjoyed as strong run of away games this season, with four wins and only one defeat after seven matches on the road.

Chiefs boast the best attack in the Premiership with 28 goals in 14 games and would have hoped to put AmaTuks to the sword in the early minutes of an important encounter played in wet conditions in front of a sparse home crowd.

The AmaKhosi started well with the combination of Lehlonolho Majoro and Bernard Parker looking potent and AmaTuks struggling to impose themselves on proceedings.

Surprisingly it was Eric Mathoho who had the first chance of the match, with an effort from outside of the box which was grasped by Washington Arubi.

AmaTuks remained disciplined in defence and were able to stifle the majority of Chief’s attacking moves as the first half progressed with moments of AmaKhosi profligacy beginning to creep in.

Thabo Mosadi created the best opportunity of the match after drifting into the box in the 38th minute, receiving a square ball from the wing and firing in a shot which Khune had to keep out with a firm block. Tebogo Monya was unable to finish the rebound as he ploughed his attempt into the stands.

A dour first half failed to see either side open the deadlock, with AmaTuks standing firm in defence and beginning to string a few good-looking passages of play.

Chiefs continued to struggle against a seemingly watertight AmaTuks defence in the opening periods of the second stanza.

But finally the stalemate was broken when fantastic build-up play, engineered by Simphiwe Tshabalala and finished by George Lebese, secured Chiefs a vital lead. The winger played a neat one-two with Reneilwe Letsholonyane and rifled in an effort from inside the box.

Tuks had brought on the imposing Mame Niang at the beginning of the second half, who would serve as a greater challenge for Mathoho and Mashaimaite.

The towering Niang was on hand to score the equaliser in the 64th minute, as he smashed in an effort to bring the scores level, after controlling a cross with ease and shifting the ball onto his stronger boot just inside the box.

Chiefs should have taken the lead when Majoro hit a powerful strike towards goal, but Arubi was on hand with an impressive save. The AmaKhosi continued to go for the three points, with the threat of Pirates biting at their heels firmly in their mind.  

But Tuks held firm with Arubi showing some good form in goal.  Chiefs dropped two vital points going into their final game of the first half of the season. Pirates sit a single point below the AmaKhosi following this result.