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Former Chiefs Boys Impress As Solinas Is Denied First Win

Absa Premiership 

Result: Maritzburg United 0-0 Kaizer Chiefs

Date: 17 August 2018

Venue: Harry Gwala Stadium

Kaizer Chiefs' struggles in the Absa Premiership continued after they failed to secure maximum points against a ten-man Maritzburg United.

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There were a couple reunions on the night as Siyanda Xulu and Keagan Buchanan were hoping to get one over their former employers.

The game got off to a lively start, with both sides signalling their intent to attack from the onset as they were both pushing a first league win of the season.

15 minutes into the half, the hosts were reduced to 10 men as Ndlovu was shown a straight red card for a studs up challenge on Siyabonga Ngezana.

The red card did little to disrupt the tempo of the game, although Billiat and Hendrick squandered big chances to put Chiefs ahead midway through the half.

Keagan Buchanan was up against his former employers on the night, and he was certainly holding his own against the likes of Ekstein and Ntshangase in the middle of the park.

However, the AmaKhosi failed to take advantage of their dominance and went into the halftime break level pegging with the hosts.

Kabelo Mahlasela has found it tough to settle in the early stages of the season and it was no surprise when he was hauled off after 57 minutes as Ryan Moon was introduced.
 
The visitors, who had failed to win their opening three games, looked out of ideas as the likes of Billiat, Castro and Moon struggled to link up.
 
With Chiefs struggling to break down Maritzburg, Giovanni Solinas introduced Siphiwe Tshabalala, while Maritzburg responded by bringing on defender Denwin Farmer for Buchanan.
 
Tshabalala proved to be the injection Chiefs needed for the final 15 minutes, although the front three could not capatlise.
 
Maritzburg showed no attacking intent and hung on for their first point of the season, although Chiefs struggles in front of goal in the league will be a concern for supporters.
 

Here's how they lined up:

Maritzburg: 31. Ofori, 3. Sanoka, 25. Xulu, 26. Shandu, 6. Thlone, 23. De-Reuk, 8. Ndlovu, 10. Buchanan, 28. Mekoa, 7. Makgalwa, 9. Fileccia.

Subs: 1. Mpandle, 22. Mokate, 14. Matima, 5. Farmer, 10. Atouba, 37. Masegela, 36. Kunene.

Chiefs: 32. Khune, 2. Mphahlele, 20. Ngezana, 4. Cardoso, 35. Ntiya-Nyiya, 31. Katsande, 10. Ntshangase, 17. Mahlasela, 11. Billiat, 27. Ekstein, 8. Castro.

Subs: 44. Bvuma, 14. Tshabalala, 25. Parker, 3. Mathoho, 9. Páez, 29. Moon, 38. Meyiwa.

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