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Kaizer Chiefs v AmaZulu Match Report, 24/11/2021

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K. Buchanan (20 og)
B. Ntuli (76)
FNB Stadium (Soccer City)
Kaizer Chiefs 1-1 AmaZulu: Usuthu halt Amakhosi’s charge
17:42 GMT 24/11/2021
Keagan Dolly Kaizer Chiefs Tercious Malepe AmaZulu
This was the second time the two sides have played to a 1-1 draw this season, following their clash at the Kings Park Stadium on October 2 in Durban

AmaZulu took advantage of Kaizer Chiefs being reduced to 10 men to earn a 1-1 draw at the FNB Stadium on Wednesday evening.

The first goal of a tight game was a 20th minute own goal by Keagan Buchanan, while Chiefs, who had won their last two matches, had to play the last 34 minutes of the contest with a man short after Cole Alexander was red-carded.

It was in this period that AmaZulu equalised through Bongi Ntuli's 77th minute strike. Samkelo Mgwazela was also sent off in the dying moments of the game, while there were also nine yellow cards.

The match got off to a high intensity start, with Chiefs on the front foot immediately when Kgaogelo Sekgota, restored to the starting XI after Khama Billiat was withdrawn from the squad after not feeling well, made a dangerous run down the left flank. There was, however, no shot at the end of it as Bernard Parker was closed down quickly after the cross had come in.

Two minutes later and Chiefs were again on the attack, although once more there was no goal threat as Alexander's overhead kick missed the target by a long way.

Around the 15 minute mark, AmaZulu began to play their way into the game and had chances as Siphesihle Maduna's long-range shot fizzed only half a metre wide of the target before Augustine Mulenga chased down a long pass and fired in on goal from the left hand side of the box, but lacked the power needed to trouble Daniel Akpeyi.

However, just as they were starting to get themselves into the game, AmaZulu suffered a sucker-punch when they conceded a 20th minute own goal through Keagan Buchanan, the former Amakhosi midfielder. Under pressure from Sekgota, Buchanan slid Keagan Dolly's cross into his own net, Njabulo Blom having started the move down the home side's right flank with some incisive passing.

Following the goal, Usuthu came fighting back. However, despite enjoying the bulk of the ball and playing some neat, attractive football, the Durban side were unable to prise open the Chiefs defence ahead of the interval in Soweto.

After the restart, the game remained open and end-to-end and there were chances for AmaZulu through Siyethemba Sithebe, who fired a tame shot at Akpeyi, and Thabo Qalinge, who went close from a tight angle after a penetrating run in the 56th minute.

At the other end, it took a brilliant reflex save from Veli Mothwa to stop Chiefs from doubling their lead as he kept out Dolly's close-range shot, following a great cross from Sekgota.

Soon after that, the complexion of the game was dramatically changed when Alexander brought down Qalinge, resulting in a second yellow card and the end of his participation for the evening on the hour mark.

Buoyed by their numerical advantage, Usuthu pushed forward and after Qalinge had headed over the bar, substitute Bongi Ntuli swept home a pin-point cross from Andre de Jong into the back of the net, 1-1 in the 77th minute.

De Jong then nearly put the visitors in front a minute later when he got on the end of Luvuyo Memela's cross, only for his shot to hit Akpeyi's leg and clear of goal.

After Lebogang Manyama's 85th minute free kick was pouched by Mothwa, a second yellow card for Mgwazela meant AmaZulu were also reduced to 10 men.

That was the last noteworthy action on an entertaining evening with a draw probably a fair reflection of the match.