Result: Black Leopards 1-1 Kaizer Chiefs
Date: 13 April 2019
Venue: Thohoyandou Stadium
Andriamirado 'Dax; Andrianarimanana's first goal for Kaizer Chiefs was not enough to secure three points as the Soweto giants drew 1-1 with Black Leopards.
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Chiefs re-shuffled their team altogether from the loss against Baroka, making seven changes that included goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi , Khama Billiat and Willard Katsande. There was also starts for Lorenzo Gordinho, Reeve Frosler, Kabelo Mahlasela and Mario Booysen.
After a bright start to the match by Leopards, Andriamirado Andrianarimanana silenced the home crowd in the 11th minute by putting Amakhosi ahead with a fine strike that found the bottom corner following a lay-off by Mahlasela.
However, Lifa Hlongwane replied for Lidoda Duvha in the 23rd minute after a great leap to nod home a free-kick from Marks Munyai, much to excitement of the home crowd.
The chances continued to fall at both ends Chiefs' Booysens popped up with a superb block to deny Mwape Musonda a certain goal, before Benard Parker went after being played through on goal minutes later.
Following a fast paced opening 35 minutes or so, the intensity of the match slowed down, although both sides were guilty of needlessly giving away possession.
Chiefs started the second half on the front foot but could not capitalise on their chances, which prompted Middendorp to introduce Philani Zulu for Frosler on the hour mark.
The game got tactical as the second half went on, with chances few and far between but Chiefs were forced in to a change with 15 minutes remaining as Mahlasela limped off with injury and he was replaced by Ryan Moon.
Karabo Tshepe almost snatched the lead for Dylan Kerr’s troops 13 minutes before time after being given a lot of space on the edge of the box, but his low shot sailed inches wide of the upright.
With time running out, Lesedi Kapinga had a glorious chance for the hosts to seal the three points in stoppage time but he fluffed his opportunity clear on goal as the sides shared the spoils.
Here's how they lined up:
Leopards: 22. Ndlovu, 5. Munyai, 13. Zulu , 28. Munganga , 33. Katjiukua, 2. Masalesa, 15. Bereng, 6. Mudau, 11. Musonda ,10. Tshepe, 17. Hlongwane.
Subs: 32. Muleka, 3. Ndou , 27. Ng'ambi, 37. Sekotlong, 12. Kapinga, 24. Mahangwahaya, 30. Mhlongo.
Chiefs: 43. Akpeyi, 2. Mphahlele, 4. Cardoso, 25. Gordinho, 5. Booysen, 39. Frosler, 31. Katsande, 6. Andrianarimanana, 17. Mahlasela, 25. Parker, 11. Billiat .
Subs: 44. Bvuma, 7. Moon, 22. Zulu, 10. Ntshangase, 30. Ngezana, 33. Blom, 45. Thibedi.