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CAF CL Hopes Fading? Chiefs Suffer Back-To-Back Losses?

Kaizer Chiefs extended their winless run in the DStv Premiership to three matches after suffering defeat away to Stellenbosch on Saturday evening.

DStv Premiership 

Result: Stellenbosch 1-0 Kaizer Chiefs

Date: 23 April 2022

Venue: Danie Craven Stadium

Amakhosi interim coach Arthur Zwane refreshed the line-up, as Leonardo Castro and Keagan Dolly returned alongside Khama Billiat upfront, Sabelo Radebe got his first official start, while there were also recalls for Njabulo Ngcobo and Happy Mashiane.

Chiefs were camped in Stellies' half in the opening exchanges but were caught by a long ball in the 19th minute after Judas Moseamedi slipped Dean van Rooyen through on goal in the box and the latter fired a low strike under goalkeeper Brandon Petersen, who should have done better.

The Amakhosi defence was caught for pace again six minutes later as Ashley Du Preez was unfortunate not to make it 2-0 for the hosts with a low strike that missed the target by a whisker after another through ball by Moseamedi.

The visitors regrouped after that, having a better organisation out of position but were struggling to combine going forward, as Billiat had their only shot in anger that sailed wide just before the halftime break.

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Chiefs continued to risk playing a high-line early in the second stanza and they almost went 2-0 down as Moseamedi beat the offside trap to go clear on goal but Petersen made a crucial save off his knee.

Steve Barker's charges were frustrating Amakhosi with a low block and Zwane made a double change in the last 25 minutes, as Dumisani Zuma got his first appearance of the season in place of Radebe while Reeve Frosler replaced Mashiane, both for fresh legs.

However, Chiefs only came to life in the last quarter of an hour after the introduction of Kgaogelo Sekgota and Nkosingiphile Ngcobo, with Billiat switched to a striker's role after Castro and Dolly were hauled off.

The game stretched in the dying minutes, as Nkosingiphile Ngcobo nearly snatched the equaliser with a curling strike towards the top corner that was acrobatically smothered by shot-stopper Sage Stephens.

Stellies held on in the end to complete a league double over Chiefs for the first time in their history and moved up level on points with the Soweto giants on the log.

Here's how they lined up:

Stellenbosch: 17. Stephens, 4. De Goede, 24. Kwinika, 26. Mcaba, 7. Van Rooyen, 8. Van Heerden, 6. Mthethwa, 27. Jabaar, 27. Adams, 9. Du Preez, 25. Moseamedi.

Subs: 35. Langeveldt, 3. Letsoenyo, 11. Khunyedi, 12. Scott, 21. Isaacs, 39. Andries, 34. Titus, 16. Johannes, 13. Dimgba

Chiefs: 1. Petersen, 20. Ngezana, 2. Mphahlele, 27. Nj Ngcobo, 45. Blom, 19. Mashiane, 33. Radebe, 17. Alexander, 10. Dolly, 8. Castro, 11. Billiat

Subs: 44. Bvuma, 4. Cardoso, 9. Nurkovic, 6. Baccus, 29. Dube, 28. Zuma, 39. Frosler, 12. Nk. Ngcobo, 14. Sekgota


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