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Royal AM Frustrate Chiefs At The Calabash

Kaizer Chiefs and Royal AM played out to a 0-0 draw in their DStv Premiership clash at the FNB Stadium on Saturday evening.

Chiefs started the game with some minor alterations in their starting XI as George Matlou and Jassond Gonzalez got their first starts of the season.

And while neither particularly stood out in the first half, it proved to be a rather fluent attacking display – but with little end product from their front line.

The likes of Pule Mmodi and Ashley du Preez, supplied by the midfield double pivot of Yusuf Maart and Edson Castillo carved the visitors open several times but to no avail.

It was actually Brandon Petersen who ended up making more saves between himself and Xolani Ngcobo and Mfundo Thikazi threatened with every transition.

But going into the break Chiefs would have been disappointed that they didn’t have the lead as they boasted the bulk of possession and created the more clear-cut chances, with Castillo hitting the bar.

In the first 15 minutes of the second half, it lacked that urgency and extra bit of quality that saw chances aplenty in the first 45 but with both sides intent on chasing the opening goal, it brought about a lively atmosphere at the Calabash.

On the hour mark there were five changes, two from Royal AM, as Ruzaigh Gamildien and Mfundo Thikazi made way for Sedwyn George and Ayabulela Maxwele.

While Christian Saile, Mduduzi Shabalala and Reeve Frosler entered the field for Kwinika, Gonzales and Mmodi.

The Colombian’s last touch of the game forced Ngcobo into a fine save to tip his head over the bar, while Saile also hit the woodwork and Du Preez scuffed a late chance free in front of goal as the game ended 0-0.

Chiefs sit in fourth, while Royal AM are in fifth, both with eight points from their opening six league games this season.

Lorenz Kohler
Lorenz Kohler
Lorenz Köhler is an award-winning South African football journalist. Having cut his teeth in the industry working at Kick-Off Magazine, he is now iDiski Times' senior digital content writer. He specialises in breaking top African football stories and transfers with a major focus on the 'big-three' Mamelodi Sundowns, Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates and CAF inter-club and international competitions. In 2021 he was listed amongst the top-five journalists under 30 in Print Media for the AIPS Awards.