Chiefs were torn and confused as AmaZulu benefited from a shaky defense



The defense is now a crisis that Artur Zvane will have to take seriously and resolve immediately if he wants to keep his job as manager of the Kaiser Chiefs.

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Zvane’s team fell short again when they lost 4-0 to AmaZulu FC on Friday night in a DStv Premier League match at Durban’s Moses Mabida Stadium.

The Chiefs seem to have started the game well, dominating the offense in the early stages of the game.

In fact, Team Naturena looked like they would score first, with Nkosingiphile Ngcobo and Mduduzi Shabalala delivering some scary moments to Usuthu’s defense.

However, the tide turned and Amahosi went awry in the 12th minute when former striker Dumisani Zuma opened Amazulu’s first goal – his first in Usutu’s colours.

However, the Chiefs continued their attacking runs, now looking for an equalizer, and they got the opportunity when they were awarded a penalty in the 15th minute.

This came after Abubaker Mobara, who was the roadblock that stopped the Chiefs’ every move, knocked Ashley Du Pree into his own box.

Caleb Bimenimane was given a penalty. But his efforts were manual, and Veli Mota easily saved him.

And a combo of former Chiefs players George Maluleki and Ramahlwe Mfahlele ended up sending the latter home to give Usut a break in the 36th minute.

Maluleka took a corner and Mfahlele went up unmarked, while the weakness of the Chiefs’ defense reared its ugly head again to everyone’s surprise.

And a minute before the end of the half, Chiefs coach Arthur Zvane was left stone-faced when another defensive mistake gave Dion Jr. a chance to make the score 3-0 in favor of the hosts.

Zvane made some changes in the second half as he tried to get back into the game. But despite their offensive dominance, the Chiefs couldn’t get past Usutu and Motwu’s defenses.

Second-half substitute Bongy Ntuli put the final nail in the Chiefs’ coffin by scoring the fourth goal in stoppage time.

He also easily broke through the Chiefs’ defenses. A fifth was also a possibility as Usutu looked for more in the latter stages.

It was the second defeat of the Chiefs in a row – in the new year already two without a win.

This result obviously puts Zvane under considerable pressure from the fans, who express their dissatisfaction with the progress of the team.