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Kaizer Chiefs Player Ratings: Mathoho and Nurkovic disappoint against Golden Arrows

6:00 AM SGT 20/3/22
Erick Mathoho, Kaizer Chiefs, February 2022
Amakhosi saw their four-match unbeaten run in the PSL come to an end when they lost 1-0 to Abafana Bes'thende on Saturday night.

GOAL rates the performances of Amakhosi players following their encounter against Abafana Bes'thede.

  • Bruce Bvuma, Kaizer Chiefs, May 2021

    Bruce Bvuma - 6/10

    Given a chance to shine with Brandon Peterson out injured.
    Bvuma several crucial saves to keep Chiefs in the match, but he was just unlucky when he conceded following a poor mistake by Erick Mathoho.

  • Njabulo Blom, Kaizer Chiefs, February 2022

    Njabulo Blom - 6/10

    Started in the right-back position once again.

    Blom ran his socks off, but he could not exert his influence as usual and he lacked the end product on the night.

  • Reeve Frosler, Kaizer Chiefs, November 2021

    Reeve Frosler - 7/10

    Went about his business as usual.
    Frosler coped with Arrows' dribbling wizard Nduduzi Sibiya well, while demonstrating his attacking ability as he beat his markers and delivered quality crosses into the opposition's box.

  • Daniel Cardoso Erick Mathoho

    Daniel Cardoso - 6/10

    Struggled to get a hold of Knox Mutizwa in the first half.

    However, Cardoso put in an improved showing after the break as he made vital defensive contributions while marshalling the hosts' defence with aplomb.

  • Erick Mathoho, Kaizer Chiefs, February 2022

    Erick Mathoho - 4/10

    Produced one of his worst performances as a Chiefs player.

    Mathoho's positioning was erratic and he gave away possession several times including his poor back pass which was intercepted by Mutizwa, who then scored the only goal of the game.

    The 32-year-old was unsurprisingly substituted at half-time.

  • Njabulo Ngcobo, Kaizer Chiefs, September 2021

    Njabulo Ngcobo - 6/10

    Tormented by Pule Mmodi in the first half while operating as a holding midfielder. 
    Ngcobo could not contain Mmodi who was making late runs into Chiefs' box from midfield, but the tough-tackling player improved after the restart and he made some well-timed tackles - protecting Amakhosi's defence.

  • Phathutshedzo Nange, Kaizer Chiefs, February 2022

    Phathutshedzo Nange - 6/10

    Looked the likeliest Chiefs player to score on the night.
    Nange was able to get himself into goalscoring positions which saw him force goalkeeper Nkosingiphile Gumede into a fine save, but he was surprisingly substituted at half-time.

  • Bernard Parker, Kaizer Chiefs, August 2021

    Bernard Parker - 6/10

    Deployed as an attacking midfielder.

    Parker started the game slowly but he came alive after the restart as he made well-timed runs into the opposition's box from midfield and he forced Gumede into a decent save with a header.

  • Keagan Dolly, Kaizer Chiefs, October 2021

    Keagan Dolly - 6/10

    Far from his best against Abafana Bes'thende.

    However, Dolly's mobility and unpredictable movement unsettled the visitors' defence, but he couldn't keep his shots on target.

  • Khama Billiat, Kaizer Chiefs, February 2022

    Khama Billiat - 5/10

    Dropped deep to try and influence proceedings.
    However, Billiat was largely ineffectual and he rarely had a sight of goal with Arrows defenders closing him down whenever he was in possession of the ball.
    The former Zimbabwe international was substituted towards the end of the game having sustained a head injury. 

  • Samir Nurkovic of Kaizer Chiefs, August 2021

    Samir Nurkovic - 4/10

    Looked lost having started upfront as one of the front three.

    Nurkovic didn't make much of an impact going forward, recording zero shots on the night and he made several misplaced passes.

  • Siyabonga Ngezana, Kaizer Chiefs, December 2021

    Siyabonga Ngezana - 6/10

    Brought stability to the Chiefs defence after coming on at half-time and he did well to contain the troublesome Mutizwa.

  • Austin Dube, Kaizer Chiefs, September 2021

    Austin Dube - 5/10

    Also came on at half-time and he slotted in the left side of Chiefs' three-man central defence. He was hardly disturbed by any offensive move from Arrows.

  • Nkosingiphile Ngcobo of Kaizer Chiefs, September 2021,

    Nkosingiphile Ngcobo - 5/10

    Came on with 16 minutes left and he touched the ball a few times without making any meaningful impact.

  • Sabelo Radebe, Kaizer Chiefs, August 2021

    Sabelo Radebe - 5/10

    Did not offer too much in the middle of the park having been introduced in the 79th minute.