A 70th minute goal from Eric Mathoho cancelled out a Mario Booysen goal as Kaizer Chiefs drew 1-1 with Maritzburg United in an Absa Premiership match at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on Wednesday night to secure their place at the top of the Q3 table, as well as the R1.5 million prize money.
The result sees Chiefs still seven points clear at the top of the table as Orlando Pirates drew 1-1 with AmaZulu also on Wednesday night.
The first 45 saw Chiefs dominating the early possession but Maritzburg United creating the better chances on goal.
Chiefs were the better passing team in the opening ten minutes, but were unable to create any real clear cut opportunities on goal.
Instead, it was Maritburg’s Cuthbert Malajila who had the first decent attempt on goal in the 15th minute, but he saw his powerful shot from just outside the box well saved by Itumeleng Khune.
Three minutes later and Khune was in action again, this time at full stretch to tip a David Booysen long range shot around the post.
Chiefs’ first real attempt on goal came in the 26th minute when Willard Katsande was on the end of a Siphiwe Tshabalala corner-kick, but the Zimbabwean directed his header wide of the target.
In the 33rd minute Maritzburg United were threatening the Chiefs goal again, this time from a right-sided cross that Malajila got onto but his header went wide as the half ended all square.
Some slack defending three minutes after the restart saw Maritzburg United take the lead through Mario Booysen who fired home from close range after a bit of a goalmouth scramble, 1-0.
After going behind Chiefs began to throw numbers forward and should have equalised in the 63rd minute, but Lehlohonolo Majoro missed the opportunity as he fired wide from close range.
Nonetheless, Chiefs continued to press forward and were able to make their pressure toll in the 70th minute as Eric Mathoho headed home a Tshabalala in-swinging corner-kick to level matters, 1-1.
The Amakhosi dominated the final 20 minutes of the match but were unable to fashion a decent goal scoring chance as the game ended 1-1.