Kaizer Chiefs returned from Luanda with a vital point from their Group C CAF Champions League game against Petro Luanda. The game ended 0-0 on Tuesday evening, a match which Chiefs could have picked up all three points but for some very calculated defending from the hosts which saw Chiefs unable to find a crucial goal that would have given them all three points.
A Bernard Parker free kick in the 12th minute had the disorganized home side defending deep. Ndonga attempted a headed clearance of the ball, it ricocheted off one of his own teammates and flew back towards goal. It took some quick thinking from Antonio to save his team from scoring an embarrassing own goal, as he jumped to his left and clawed the ball away.
A couple of minutes later, with what looked like a simple back pass to Daniel Akpeyi saw Kiaku go in on the Chiefs goalkeeper with a stud up challenge. This attack knocked the Nigerian international to the ground and earned the Petro player a yellow card.
While contending with the searing heat of Luanda, Chiefs launched a quick counterattack in the 39th minute. Philani Zulu raced from the Chiefs 18-yard area all the way to the opposite end where he and Lebogang Manyama played a quick one-two. Some retreating Petro players dispossessing Manyama of the ball as he attempted to strike at goal. This was a real chance for Chiefs to have taken the lead.
Petro’s best chance came in the dying embers of the first half when Estevao managed to beat Kearyn Baccus down the left and swept the ball over to the far post. Zulu tried to clear it, but it fell to Azualo who met the ball with his head. His effort managed to pass Akpeyi and nestled into the Chiefs goal post side netting.