October 17, 2021

Kaizer Chiefs 1 – 1 Baroka FC: Late Mosele own goal save Amakhosi from jaws of defeat

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The Soweto giants went for a second match running without winning but extended their unbeaten run to five matches

Kaizer Chiefs did not move from seventh spot on the Premier Soccer League standings but escaped another disappointment at the hands of Baroka FC following a 1-1 draw at FNB Stadium on Tuesday.

A Thamsanqa Masiya goal at the beginning of the first half stunned Chiefs who had to thank Goodman Mosele for beating his own goalkeeper to earn Amakhosi a point.

The point earned saw did not move Amakhosi from position seven on the log while Bakgaka are back in the top-eight.

Chiefs started the match with Lebogang Manyama wasting a freekick from he edge of the box after Siyabonga Ngezana had been fouled on edge of the box by Manuel Kambala three minutes into the contest.

The hosts were struggling to cope up with Baroka’s attacking speed but it took 15 minutes for their first real chance at goal.

Amakhosi goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi spilled Nhlanhla Mgaga’s long range shot but there was no a Baroka player nearby to pounce as the Nigerian struggled to save the straying ball.

It was then Akpeyi’s opposite number Oscarine Msuluke time to save his side when he stretched his leg to block a bottom corner-bound shot from Reeve Frosler out for a corner kick in the 23rd minute.

Action then swung back to the other end as Ananias Gebhardt beat an advancing Akpeyi but his headed effort off a corner kick went just over the bar.

Promises for goals from both sides continued but Msuluke was quick to intercept a Frosler cross as Nkosingiphile Ngcobo lurked to pounce 10 minutes before halftime but the teams went for the break goalless.

The deadlock was then broken eight minutes into the second half when Masiya slid the ball past Akpeyi off a flick from Evidence Makgopa.

Chiefs coach Gavin Hunt responded by introducing Leonardo Castro for Mathoho and Ngezana was switched from right-back to central defence while Frosler moved to the wing-back position.

With 20 minutes to go, that change almost paid off when Castro was at the end of a Manyama cross but Gebhardt’s challenge did not allow him to freely head in, resulting in narrowly kissing target.

Castro was proving to be troublesome to Baroka defenders and two minutes later, he arrived a little bit late to chest in a Nkosingiphile Ngcobo cross from the left side.

Chiefs’ pressure finally came to fruition with 15 minutes remaining when Goodman Mosele attempted to clear a Frosler low cross but instead connected into his own goal, beating Msuluke.