The Soweto giants snapped their three-match losing run, but they have now failed to win their last six competitive matches
SuperSport United came back to hold a struggling Kaizer Chiefs side to a 1-1 draw in a PSL match at FNB Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Amakhosi opened the scoring through Reeve Frosler, who netted his maiden goal of the season, but Bradley Grobler levelled matters for Matsatsantsa from the penalty spot.
The Glamour Boys were hoping to snap their five-match winless run having succumbed to a 2-1 defeat to AmaZulu FC in a league game at home in midweek.
Coach Gavin Hunt made wholesale changes as he recalled Anthony Akumu, Willard Katsande, Njabulo Blom, Bernard Parker and Leonardo Castro to the starting line-up.
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Meanwhile, Matsatsantsa were looking to make it two wins in a row after edging out Cape Town City 2-1 in a league encounter at home last weekend.
Hunt’s counterpart, Kaitano Tembo, opted to make just one change with Onismor Bhasera replacing Kudakwashe Mahachi in the starting line-up.
Chiefs saw most of the ball in the opening proceedings, but the Soweto giants could not turn possession into clear cut chances.
Castro’s glancing header from Blom’s free-kick was easily gathered by Bafana Bafana international Ronwen Williams in the SuperSport goal.
Amakhosi upped the tempo towards the half-hour mark and Bongani Khumalo blocked Castro’s goal-bound shot on the goal-line after the Matsatsantsa defence was exposed.
The deadlock was broken in the 29th minute after some good work by Frosler, who was playing out of position as a left-back.
The 22-year-old stole possession from Grobler in the box, before curling the ball inside the far-post – beating Williams hands down to make it 1-0 to Chiefs.
SuperSport then pushed for the equalizing goal and Khune gathered Grobler’s long-range shot, before denying Evans Rusike with a smart save to ensure that the first-half ended with Chiefs leading 1-0.
The Tshwane giants piled pressure on the Chiefs defence after the restart and Khune produced two magnificent saves to deny Mahachi and Sipho Mbule as the visitors looked to level matters.
Hunt was forced to make a double substitution after Katsande and Frosler picked up injuries and the duo was replaced by Daniel Cardoso and Philani Zulu.
The visitors continued to press Amakhosi and they were awarded a penalty after Akumu was adjudged to have pulled down Thamsanqa Gabuza in the box in the 66th minute.
Grobler then stepped up and beat Khune from the spot-kick to make 1-1 as the current PSL top scorer ended his four-match goal drought – taking his tally to 13 league goals this term in the process.
Akumu tried to make amends, but his volleyed effort was fantastically finger-tipped on to the crossbar by Williams and Matsatsantsa cleared their lines in the closing stages of the game.
The last chance of the game fell for Nkosingiphile Ngcobo, whose low shot was brilliantly saved by Williams from close range to ensure that the match ended in a 1-1 draw.
The draw saw Chiefs move up to eighth place on the league standings, while SuperSport remained second on the log – four points behind leaders Mamelodi Sundowns.
Chiefs will now host Guinean giants AC Horoya in the Caf Champions League game on February 23 and SuperSport are set to face Orlando Pirates in a PSL match on February 24.