Result: Cape Town City 1-2 Kaizer Chie
Itumeleng Khune once again had to make do with a spot on the bench as Daniel Akpeyi continued in goals, while Erick Mathoho and Khama Billiat kept their place in the side after overcoming knocks from Saturday’s draw with SuperSport United. City took the lead in the fourth minute. Ebrahim Seedat played in Kermit Erasmus down the inside left-channel of the box and the former Orlando Pirates striker turned inside Erick Mathoho before firing the ball past Daniel Akpeyi at his near post.
Chiefs should have equalised in the 12th minute when Reeve Frosler produced a lovely deft cross for Lazarous Kambole, who somehow headed wide from point-blank range. Six minutes later, City defender Keanu Cupido was yellow-carded for cynically chopping down Khama Billiat on the edge of the box and Lebogang Manyama fired the free-kick narrowly over the bar.
City came close to doubling their lead in the 25th minute when Mpho Makola delivered a delightful cross in to the box for Erasmus, whose powerful header was well kept out by Akpeyi before Mathoho cleared off the line. Erasmus, who was by far the best player on the pitch, then had another chance to grab his brace five minutes before the interval when he controlled a diagonal ball expertly with his chest before getting away a fierce left-footed drive that brought a fine save out of Akpeyi with his legs.
The Amakhosi had a goal ruled out shortly after half-time for a Billiat handball. Chances were few and far between until the 67th minute when Dumisani Zuma played in Billiat, whose first-time effort grazed the right-hand upright. Chiefs were a different beast in the second half and desrvedly levelled matters in the 75th minute when Manyama’s free-kick was headed home at the back post by an unmarked Daniel Cardoso. Soon after, Tashreeq Morris latched on to a long ball and whistled a shot towards the bottom right-hand corner which Akpeyi did well to turn around the post. But with ten minutes to go, Chiefs took the lead.
Parker swung the ball in to the box and after Nurkovic headed the ball down, it fell kindly to Kearyn Baccus, who produced an unnerring finish. Soon after, Nurkovic went on a mazy individual run and poked the ball just wide of the left-hand upright with the visitors completely dominating the game. With the last kick of the game, Nurkovic had a chance to put the nail in the coffin but his sweetly-struck was well palmed away by Peter Leeuwenburgh.
Here’s how they lined up:City: 1. Leeuwenburgh, 2. Mkhize, 15. Cupido, 5. Edmilson, 6. Seedat, 3. Mobara, 21. Mokeke, 8. Makola, 9. Erasmus, 17. Norodien, 25. Mthembu.
Subs: 16. Stephens, 10, David, 7. Links, 38. Kewuti, 20. Morris, 21. Ralani, 30. Martin.
Chiefs: 40. Akpeyi, 36. Ntiya-Ntiya, 3. Mathoho, 4. Cardoso, 39. Frosler, 12. Maluleka, 21. Manyama, 25. Parker, 9. Nurkovic, 7. Kambole, 11. Billiat.
Subs: 32. Khune, 31. Katsande, 18. Moleko, 8. Castro, 28. Zuma, 6. Baccus, 20. Sasman