CHIEFS TITLE HOPES DWINDLED -PSL WRAP
By: Lucky Khanyile
Bidvest Wits dented Kaizer Chiefs title hopes as they held them to a goalless draw on Wednesday evening.
The much awaited clash between the two sides lived up to expectations as fireworks cracked at the Bidvest Stadium. The Glamour Boys started the game on a high as they had a few shots early in the match. Simphiwe Tshabalala fired the first shot on the second minute of the game but it went wide.
The in-form George Lebese tried his luck from long range but went narrowly wide. Kingston Nkhatha had his first shot on target in the sixth minute outside the box, but Monneb Josephs produced a great save.
Wits started the game at a slow pace but seemed to be getting into the game as the half went on. The Students created the best chance of the first stanza when former Chiefs striker Sthembiso Ngcobo fired a shot inside the box. Itumeleng Khune produced a superb save to deny his former teammate.
Josephs came to the party in the 25th minute as he denied Bernard Parker to increase his tally as the league’s leading goal scorer when he punched away his curling free-kick. Chiefs’ sloppy defence almost cost them as Sboniso Gumede fired blanks after a corner. Ngcobo seemed to be a handful for his former side as he got another opportunity but headed just wide off the crossbar.
The Clever Boys started the second half better as they looked threatening. Asive Langwe was denied by the upright after a cross from Shongwe. Ngcobo had passed behind the Amakhosi defence to score but the goal did not count as he was ruled off-side.
Chiefs ended the game on a high as the substitute Katlego Mphela fired a shot but wide of the target. In the dying minutes of the game, Mphela’s header was denied by the upright after a corner taken by Tshabalala.
Chiefs are still sitting on second place with 56 points and Wits are third with 52 points. This leaves Chiefs trailing with five points from log leaders Mamelodi Sundowns with a game in hand.
In KwaMashu, Golden Arrows boosted their hopes of surviving relegation when they sneaked three points from SuperSport United at Princess Magogo. Bonginkosi Ntuli scored the only goal of the match. This put the Durban-based side on 21 points – three points behind 15th placed Free state Stars.