In a typical ‘The hare and tortoise race’ at the FNB Stadium, Kaizer Chiefs shook off the monkey and beat Mamelodi Sundowns 2-0.
An incredibly tactically inferior and tasteless match, especially by the Amakhosi who were literally on the tortoise pace, the scoreline flatters to deceive. The Pretoria boys played the true hare who ran fast and still the race by unprofessional decisions and unproductive play.
The Chiefs first eleven ball-watched the entire match and the sleek Sundowns were unfortunate not to overrun the opposition with goals. This was so despite the introduction of the deadly Domingos, sharp-shooting Katlego Mphela and the general in captain Teko Modise.
As baffling as the reasons why the trio started off the bench, was how Chiefs played a game called football. The whole team spent huge moments statiunary and watching the man on the ball running out of ideas.
There was gross lack of support, no penetrative runs or elements of surprise until Reneiloe Letsholonyane was introduced. His mobility and comfort on the ball resulted in the creation of the first goal.
Chiefs started getting into the game after the Sithembiso Ngcobo’s strike and could have added a few more. Simphiwe Tshabalala closed the night’s chapter with a beautiful strike that made up for his wastefulness.
The pedestrian Chiefs took more control of the match from that point on, but remained a fragile lot and Sundowns stepped up a gear and sought to hit back.
It was however enough trouble for the visitors and luck for the hosts to stop the poor record that saw the Naturena boys go four straight matches without a victory.
One can only hope there is more legs on Chiefs to finish the league and Sundowns may turn out to be a charging bull as their firepower seemed under-utilised and dangerous enough. It was evident that they were not on top gear at all.
With that 2-0 Amakhosi win, title hopefuls like Supersport and Moroka Swallows will surely be sending the victors flowers for a lifeline while leaders, Orlando Pirates will be looking forward to finishing off their remaining matches in style to seal the championship.