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Former players haunt Kaizer Chiefs as Soweto giants suffer embarrassing AmaZulu FC defeat

19:35 GMT 13/01/2023
Dumisani Zuma, AmaZulu & Happy Mashiane, January 2023
Kaizer Chiefs were humiliated by AmaZulu FC who emerged as 4-0 winners in a Friday's PSL encounter in Durban
  • Former Chiefs players broke Amakhosi hearts
  • The Glamour Boys were left to rue their missed penalty
  • Chiefs remained fourth on the PSL standings

WHAT HAPPENED? The Soweto giants conceded three goals in the first half in a game played at Moses Mabhida Stadium.

The deadlock was broken 14 minutes into the match when two former Chiefs players combined as Dumisani Zuma headed home George Maluleka's superb corner-kick as the visitors' poor marking was exposed.

However, Amakhosi were presented with a chance to level matters from the penalty spot a minute later after Ashley du Preez was fouled in the box, but Bonfils-Caleb Bimenyimana was denied by goalkeeper Veli Mothwa from the spot-kick.

Maluleka grabbed his second assist of the game when he set up his former Chiefs teammate Ramahlwe Mphahele who netted with a header in the 38th minute, before Sere Junior Dion extended the hosts' lead on the stroke of half-time with Amakhosi rattled.

Chiefs created a few chances in the second half with Mothwa forced to pull off a fabulous save to deny Kgaogelo Sekgota - a few minutes after Nkosingiphile Ngcobo had failed to score from close range.

AmaZulu's 4-0 win was sealed by Bonginkosi Ntuli who scored in stoppage time after the visitors' defence was left vulnerable at the back. Usuthu's first home win over Amakhosi since 1992 elevated them to the fifth spot on the league standings

ALL EYES ON: Itumeleng Khune, who endured a poor match between the sticks.

The Chiefs captain made two mistakes which led to goals - coming out and failing to punch or handle Maluleka's corner kick which saw Mphahlele score.

Khune was also to blame when Dion scored as his poor clearance was intercepted by the Ivorian striker who then scored to seal AmaZulu's win.

THE BIGGER PICTURE: The defeat saw Chiefs remain fourth on the PSL standings - three points behind second-placed SuperSport United.

The Glamour Boys missed a chance to climb into the top three on the log and they remain 16 points behind leaders Mamelodi Sundowns.

Zwane's side don't look like a team that can challenge for this season's league championship as they are dropping points.

WHAT IS NEXT FOR CHIEFS? Amakhosi will now go toe to toe with Sundowns in a blockbuster PSL match on January 21 at FNB Stadium.

Chiefs will be determined to avoid a third successive defeat in the league and also avenge their 4-0 loss to Sundowns in the first-round league clash in August last year.