By Salim al Saide al Ajab Salim
It was derby as usual at the home of soccer FNB stadium, the atmosphere lived up to it’s billing like all the time.
The supporters were on their toes with the goal posts denying the derby hopefuls a win, not knowing that the Gods of soccer had decided otherwise.
Kaizer Chiefs have of late inherited a never give up attitude, as seen by their fighting spirit until the last minute even when at times the officiating was not fair or not going in their favour.
The introduction of Nurkovic to complement Billiat and Castro is proving to be working magic as you can see pressure mounting in attacks and giving hope for a goal to guaranteed.
Worrisome moments were coming as Pirates were attacking, they were given to much spare to an extent that it costed them twice with Matoho being reduced to a spectator by Mhango who enjoyed free play as he scored the second goal to level up the scoreline after half time.
The introduction of Zuma and Ntiya Ntiya tilted the tables to Amakhosi’s favour as it was witnessed by the Mhango’s reaction to heavy marking from Ntiya Ntiya which resulted in a brawl amongst players after a foul Mhango got and pushing and shoving amongst players.
This resulted in Matoho being shown the exit in the 88th minute with 3 other players given yellow cards.
After being awarded a penalty that was scored by Cardoso it was surely yet another derby that saw Chiefs breaking the 5 year jinx of never winning a derby against Pirates and this did not go down well with Pirates family.
As the weather swiftly shifted from sunny to chilly and windy with clouds coming up together, it was indeed a sign of the changing times in the days of our soccer lives as it was a sign of the potential history that is likely to be made if and only if Amakhosi maintain their winning spirit and the coaching department correct what is lacking in defense, midfield and in attack.
It was a great joy for supporters and the players as they celebrated a 10 point lead to slowly but surely giving hope to the dream that can come true at the Naturena outfit.
How they rated
Akpey – 8/10
Matoho – 4/10
Frosler – 7/10
Sasman – 6/10
Cardoso – 7/10
Manyama – 4/10
Katsande – 7/10
Maluleka – 5/10
Billat – 7/10
Castro – 7/10
Nurkovic – 8/10
Substitutes never to be rate because of less time they played.
After all has been said and done the Chiefs players need to up their game if they so wish to get to the promised land as we witness lack of fitness amongst some players and technical uptitude is betraying the coaching department as questions will arise as how they field some of the players benching the other ones in example.
On the last game Matoho made similar mistakes that he made at the derby and to the surprise of the supporters after saving his suspension you see him being fielded again benching some of the finest youngsters on the bench.
I hope and trust from the eagle’s eye it must be taken as constructive criticism and may the player in questions be encouraged to up his game and shine again.
Until then it’s hasta la vista.
Salim al Saide al Ajab Salim is am Amakhosi supporter
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