Chiefs' Unbeaten Run Ended At FNB
Result: Kaizer Chiefs 0-1 Polokwane City
Date: 14 September 2019
Venue: FNB Stadium
Kaizer Chiefs waved goodbye to their unbeaten record in the Absa Premiership this season following a defeat to Polokwane City on Saturday evening.
Khama Billiat had to settle for a spot on the bench, despite playing 90 minutes for Zimbabwe earlier this week while Daniel Akpeyi kept his place between the sticks as Itumeleng Khune was benched.
The hosts enjoyed most of the possession early on, but they were dealt a setback when Rise and Shine were awarded a penalty for Akpeyi's foul on Charlton Mashumba in the box. Jabulani Maluleke stepped up and calmly slotted home for the lead.
Chiefs threw bodies forward in search of an equaliser as the in-form Erick Mathoho went close with two headers in quick succession after 30 minutes.
It was one-way traffic in the first half, but Rise and Shine showed no signs of breaking down as they managed to stifle Chiefs at every attempt in the final third.
Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp wasted no time with the substitutions at the start of the second half as Billiat and Dumisani Zuma replaced Kambole and Siphosakhe Ntiya-Ntiya.
The hosts continued to throw bodies forward in search of the equalising goal in the second stanza but the Polokwane outfit were happy to sit back and defend their slender lead.
With time running out, Chiefs nearly restored parity in the 82nd minute as George Maluleke saw his curling effort tipped over the crossbar by Chmwenya Chibwe.
Chibwe, who was named Man of the Match, ensured Polokwane walked away with three points as he produced a superb save to keep out Billiat's header at the far post as Rise and Shine clinched a vital win to move second on the table.
Despite the first defeat of the season, Middendorp's troops remain top of the standings and will look to bounce back against AmaZulu next week.
Here's how they lined up:
Chiefs: 43. Akpeyi, 36. Ntiya-Ntiya, 3. Mathoho, 4. Cardoso, 39. Frosler, 12. Maluleka, 21. Manyama, 25. Parker, 5. Baccus, 9. Nurković, 7. Kambole.
Subs: 16. Khune, 31. Katsande, 18. Moleko, 8. Castro, 22. Zuma, 11. Billiat, Sasman.
Polokwane: 40. Chibwe, 2. Mvelase, 22. Mbonani, 27. Motloung, 32. Buthelezi, 10. Tlolane, 8. J. Maluleke, 14. Manaka, 16. Mngomezulu, 18. W.Maluleke, 9. Mashumba.
Subs: 50. Phali, 6. Chauke, 11. Hlubi, 15. Musona, 20. Phiri, 28. Nthatheni, 33. Nku.