Kaizer Chiefs By The Numbers
Soccer Laduma Analyses Kaizer Chiefs' Absa Premiership Draw Against AmaZulu In Numbers
Kaizer Chiefs' Absa Premiership title hopes took a big knock on Saturday and the numbers suggest a lack of killer instinct cost Amakhosi two priceless points.
Steve Komphela's men played to a goalless draw against AmaZulu at FNB Stadium on Saturday evening, a result which saw them slip to fifth in the standings, seven points adrift of leaders Mamelodi Sundowns, who also have a game in hand.
However, that points gap could have looked a lot different, but for some blunt finishing.
Chiefs had, unsurprisingly, dominated possession at home this weekend, seeing 55% of the ball in the first-half and making it work for them with 318 balls played at a success rate of 77%, leaving AmaZulu often chasing shadows.
However, it was in the final third of the field where the Glamour Boys fells short, managing just four shots in the opening 45 minutes, with only one of those testing Usuthu goalkeeper Energy Murambadoro.
Chiefs notably turned up the pressure in the second period and continued to boss possession of the ball 57% to 43%, while they improved on their passing frequency and accuracy with 79% successful passes.
But once more, it was the striking that let the Amakhosi faithful down, and even though Komphela's men managed to carve open six shooting opportunities, they failed to make any of them count as Murambadoro was again tested just the once through the second period.
That ultimately proved Chiefs' shortcoming in the match, leaving Komphela knowing they need to develop a far more ruthless streak in front of goal, although there were still plenty positives to take from the match, notably on the defensive side.
In fact, so well-organised were Chiefs at the back that they were able to completely snuff out AmaZulu in the first-half, with the Durbanites failing to get a single shot on target in the opening 45 minutes.
Chiefs' defenders continued to prove the difference makers after the restart, and although AmaZulu came into the game more with 12 shots, only 17% of those found there way through to Itumeleng Khune, although the Bafana Bafana legend would have been crestfallen to have let any of the tame efforts in.