Five things we learned as Kaizer Chiefs dropped points against Stellenbosch FC

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Samir Nurkovic, Kaizer Chiefs & Alan Robertson, Stellenbosch FC, January 2021
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The Glamour Boys were held to a 0-0 draw by Stellies in a PSL match on Saturday. Here are five things that we learned from Amakhosi's performance

  1. Anthony Akumu - Growing with every match
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    #1 Anthony Akumu - Growing with every match

    The defensive midfielder played his fifth consecutive match as a centre back for Amakhosi and he shone in his new role once again. 

    Akumu paired Erick Mathho at the heart of the Amakhosi defence and he gave a good account of himself in the encounter against Stellies, helping his side to secure their second consecutive clean sheet.

    Coach Gavin Hunt will have a tough decision to make once Ramahlwe Mphahlele returns from injury with Akumu having flourished as a centre back which has been key to Chiefs' current four-match unbeaten run. 

  2. Nkosingiphile Ngcobo - Makes Chiefs Tick
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    #2 Nkosingiphile Ngcobo - Makes Chiefs Tick

    When the chips were down Chiefs often looked to Lebogang Manyama to makes things happen for them last season, but this has changed this term as Ngcobo has been Amakhosi's go-to guy this term.

    With Manyama struggling for form, Ngcobo, who is blessed with good ball control, creativity and passing ability, was at the heart of every Chiefs attack against Stellies and he often combined well with Samir Nurkovic.

    The 21-year-old playmaker just needs to work on his finishing as he couldn't take his chances and add to his tally of three goals which sees him placed at the top of Amakhosi's scoring charts in the league.  

  3. #3 Daniel Akpeyi - Safe Hands 

    The 34-year-old goalkeeper lost his place in the starting line-up to Itumeleng Khune in the early stages of the current season after his poor displays in the MTN8 against Orlando Pirates.

    However, Khune's calamitous performances in the league led to Hunt giving Akpeyi another chance to prove himself and the Nigeria international has been in top form ever since he returned to the team.

    Akpeyi produced some good saves whenever called upon against Stellenbosch while also commanding his area very well and he has now kept three clean sheets in his last four matches. 

  4. Reeve Frosler - Much Needed Boost
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    #4 Reeve Frosler - Much Needed Boost

    The return of the Bafana Bafana international from a long injury layoff was a welcome sight for most Amakhosi fans against Stellies as he was one of the team's standout performers last season.

    Frosler replaced Manyama on the right-wing as a substitute and he showed what Chiefs have been missing by delivering a few quality crosses into the opposition box and he was also able to track back and help out in defence.

    The 23-year-old right-back provided three assists in the league last season and strikers Nurkovic and Leonardo Castro will be hoping to benefit from his fantastic crossing ability once again.

  5. Samir Nurkovic - Looking sharp
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    #5 Samir Nurkovic - Looking sharp

    The Serbian hitman completed his second 90 minutes in five days, against Stellenbosch, having recently returned from a long injury layoff.

    Nurkovic's combination play with the likes of Happy Mashiane and Ngcobo looked good and his movement unsettled the Stellies defence, but his finishing was not up to scratch on the day.

    Having netted once in five league games, the man nicknamed Kokota now needs one goal that will lift his confidence for the goals to flow like last season.