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Kaizer Chiefs By The Numbers

Soccer Laduma Analyses Kaizer Chiefs' Absa Premiership Draw Against AmaZulu In Numbers

By Ryan Gordon - Mar 18, 2018 01:58 PM
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.
 

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kc-inferno Joined: 03 Feb 2014
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kc-inferno Mar 19, 2018 01:18 AM
@dr ss zondi, spot on.. but unfortunately for both you and I, bobsteak ain't going nowhere
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dr ss zondi Mar 18, 2018 07:11 PM
I think our problem is the coach and Bobby.Chiefs were playing champions league football under Baxter and were always contenders for all titles, breaking records and playing good football.Bobby failed to renew Mashamaite and Masango's contract(key players),Baxter left and Bobby failed to replace him with a credible coach,Tefu and Masango were not replaced with quality.
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Myaka weliPhefeni Mar 18, 2018 04:46 PM
If u know futball i m sure u see that chiefs was out of tittle race when they lost to Pirates,even in Nedbank cup we wll be knock out,in the League u need to beat ur arch rivary to make ur chence better to win championship# WHAT REASON MAKE ACE NGCOBO TO WITHDRAW TO BE A SAFA PRESIDENT?
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Myaka weliPhefeni Mar 18, 2018 04:22 PM
If u knw futball very well u cn knw that chiefs lost a tittle race when they lost to Pirates that was the day took chiefs out of championship race,second chiefs they didnt hv that fyt spirit that show they want to win sumthing,third i think its go back to kaizer motaung snr when said there s no African coach cn lead chiefs to succes bt chiefs need overseas coachies to be competitive,lets accept makhosi amahle that this season we wll end without silverware bcz even Nedbank cup we wll be knock out
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setlaboswana Mar 18, 2018 02:30 PM
Prof Komphela summed it up, when he said that Amazulu mirrored their game, he is tired (as opposed to angry) with draws and a draw give them hope. I rest my case. .
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setlaboswana Mar 18, 2018 02:18 PM
I didn't believe when I saw how relieved Prof Komphela was immediately after the referee blew a final whistle.
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setlaboswana Mar 18, 2018 02:14 PM
They are finished.
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setlaboswana Mar 18, 2018 02:14 PM
A team with ABSA Premiership Title hopes does not defend a 0-0 for 90 minutes.

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