Chiefs squeeze past Wits

2013-11-09 22:59

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Kaizer Chiefs’ league campaign is yet to suggest that coach Stuart Baxter’s side posses the same grit that made them outright favourites for the championship from the onset last season.

Even with this victory that halted their barren spell in two matches, their performance was littered with inconsistencies and poor decision making.

One aspect that a section of their fickle fans – who booed players last night – don’t take into account is that other teams have figured out what has now become a predictable Chiefs game.

Bidvest Wits came close to taking the advantage had it not been their goalkeeper Moneeb Josephs who helped Lehlohonolo Majoro’s header over the goal line after it ricocheted off the post.

While Baxter’s line-up did not include a five-man defence, as was the case in the 1-0 loss to Ajax Cape Town midweek, decision making was their undoing.

It was clear that Kingston Nkhatha is still reeling from the humiliation he suffered from the boo brigade recently.

It was evident from the litany of misses that the Zimbabwean striker had suffered a serious knock in confidence.

He tried too hard to appease his club’s fans.

Wits on the other side often ran out of ideas during the intervals when Chiefs played into their hands.

The introduction of more attack-minded substitutes midway into the second by coach Gavin Hunt was countered by Baxter’s own fire power in Majoro and George Lebese, whose combination led to the winning goal against the run of play.

In the end, three points was what Chiefs, who have a bonus of having a favourable record against the sides in the top four, needed.

Amakhosi’s next assignment is the Telkom Knockout semifinal against Platinum Stars on November 23 and they will leave for Botswana to face Mochudi Centre Chiefs in a friendly game.

Awful misses:

» 16th minute: Siyabonga Nkosi shoots wide-facing goal after Moeneeb Josephs parried the ball on his way.

» 28th minute: Kingston Nkhatha balloons over the bar with an open goal beckoning.

» 58th minute: Nkhatha blasts the ball into Joseph’s midriff on a one-on-one situation.

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