The bosses fail on their own as they let the Sundowns off the hook



The Kaizer Chiefs had a chance to round out their midweek win when they let the Mamelodi Sundowns off the hook in a DStv Premiership match at FNB Stadium on Sunday night.

The Sundowns – who have already won the championship – were rather lethargic in their approach and if the Chiefs had been more clinical, they could have achieved a big win.

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Beating the Sundowns – who have only lost twice in 28 games this season – would have been a big boost for Amakhosi who is recovering after Stuart Baxter’s departure.

Keagan Dolly, who has been a shining light in a rather boring season for Amakhosi, was unable to step forward and inflict some pain on his former team when he missed a penalty that would have handed Amakhosi victory at the end of the game.

The Sundowns started well and played their normal safe way of spinning the ball and building patiently towards Amakhosi’s half-court. But they failed to find a way through a resolute defense of the bosses in early exchanges.

It was in fact Chiefs who looked livelier and more determined when on the ball, trying to catch Chiefs on a counterattack.

And it worked almost minutes into the match when Dolly was put in the goal on the left, but rushed her shot with a defender who pressed him and went wide.

Khama Billiat also had a chance when Leonardo Castro cut the Sundowns defense to fix him, but couldn’t control him or direct him towards the goal.

Themba Zwane had a chance inside Amakhosi’s box on 20 minutes, but pulled his shot over the crossbar.

Bruce Bvuma threw a great save in the 35th minute to deny Peter Shalulile that he was allowed to take a close range header as Sundowns began to exercise his skill.

The Sundowns started the second half well with Aubrey Modiba catching the Chiefs defense off guard and cutting the ball into the net.

But Sundowns then took their feet off the gas and allowed the hosts to get back into the game.

Phathutshedzo Nange brought them back with a well-crafted shot from just inside the Sundowns area as they were caught off guard from behind. With seven minutes left, Amakhosi received a penalty after Musa Lebusa took down Kgaogelo Sekgota.

Dolly was given the responsibility of taking the penalty but tried to slow down before shooting and Reyaad Pirtrse saved her attempt.

The draw delayed the Sundowns’ pursuit for the biggest points margin, but kept the Chiefs looking for second place, the best they can get this season.