Chiefs continue their slump

2012-04-29 06:35

The last time Kaizer Chiefs changed a coach during the season, they found themselves finishing outside the top eight.

After a pop-gun first half performance, the nightmare of not competing in the MTN8 next season could well become a cold reality.

A fourth consecutive loss has all but put paid to Chiefs’ title hopes, while SuperSport United coach Gavin Hunt would not be telling the truth if he says his team is not in the title race.

The line-up of Chiefs’ coaches Doctor Khumalo and Donald Khuse fielded for such a pivotal fixture raised eyebrows, with Jimmy Tau not featuring at right-back.

SuperSport presented an aerial threat in Thabo September and Morgan Gould, with the latter’s second minute header, cleared off the line by Siphiwe Tshabalala, a taste of things to come.

The home side though, bossed the midfield, with Mthokozisi Yende and Abia Nale getting rare starts.

Edwin Grime spared the Chiefs’ midfield no blushes and was lucky to be on the field after two rough challenges on Tshabalala and Yende, the first one earning him a booking.

The silky, crowd-wooing touches Chiefs did have, and the scything runs down flanks, but the crucial passes were missing. Mandla Masango brought out a lovely save from the young stopper with a long range effort.

SuperSport’s physicality in the tackle ensured the home side shirked the 50/50 challenges. It was a set-piece that brought SuperSport’s first goal.

Franklin Cale floated a teasing free kick that met September’s head. It rebounded off the bar, but Ashley Hartog scrambled the ball in.

Kermit Erasmus was the fulcrum of SuperSport’s forward thrust and it was only fitting that he scored the second goal. His rasping long range drive gave Itumeleng Khune no chance in the 55th minute.

Chiefs responded swiftly through Lehlohonolo Majoro, who bundled the ball in after a goalmouth scramble.

The siege on SuperSport’s defence was on as they twice came close to equalising, first through Tshabalala, whose header was saved by Williams, and by Sthembiso Ngcobo, whose instepped effort thundered off the crossbar.

Williams tipped over another Ngcobo effort in referee’s optional time.

Chiefs were getting back-to-back corners, but in the end their title hopes drowned in the rain.

» Other results:
Free State Stars 4, Maritzburg United 1; Bidvest Wits 1, Bloemfontein Celtic 3

» English Premiership results: Norwich 0, Liverpool 3; Sunderland 2, Bolton 2; West Brom 0, Aston Villa 0; Stoke 1, Arsenal 1; Everton 4, Fulham 0; Swansea 4, Wolverhampton 4; Wigan 4, Newcastle 0

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