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Chiefs player ratings: 7 and 8s from new stars in Royal AM defeat

This is not what Kaizer Chiefs fans were expecting. The new season’s first game has resulted in a shock 1-0 loss to Royal AM in Durban.


Despite a thorough dominance throughout the game, an early surprise goal from Ricardo Nascimento was enough to decide the game after two minutes.

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Chiefs players at the Chatsworth Stadium before the shock defeat to Royal AM. Image: @KaizerChiefs / Twitter


Though millions have been left heartbroken, several performers caught the eye in an Amakhosi jersey, particularly Bruce Bvuma and Zitha Kwinika.

Bruce Bvuma, 8 – Was unlucky to get beaten by a medium shot by Nascimento for the winner after two minutes. Responded with a wonderful save to deny De Jong. Made another blinding save to deny Nascimento on the volley on 70 minutes. 

Njabulo Blom, 6 – Not a great defensive display. Was well-beaten by De Jong but was lucky the New Zealanders shot sailed over the bar.

Zitha Kwinika, 7 – Had a marvelous game, put his body on the line, and was often first to every ball to sniff out danger. Was also involved in several attacks. 

Siyabonga Ngezana, 7 – Did not do much wrong, was a towering presence at the back next to Kwinika.

Reeve Frosler, 6 – Was caught a few times with pace, also did not find enough spaces to use his excellent crossing ability.

Cole Alexander, 5 – Had two chances to shoot at goal where he should have found the target. Was taken off after the hour for Nkosingiphile Ngcobo.

Yusuf Maart, 7- Made Chiefs tick, delivered excellent short and long balls to start attacks. Could have had an assist but for a missed chance.

Siyethemba Sithebe, 7 – Was a busy bee covering every blade of the grass. 

Khama Billiat, 6 – Had a quiet game after threatening on a few occasions in the first half. Was wholly missing in the second-half, surprisingly lasted the entire 90 minutes.

Keagan Dolly, 6 – Looked dangerous early on but did not have any impact for most of the game.

Ashley Du Preez, 6-  Had a great chance to score in but missed with a shot that was too close to the goalkeeper.

Coming up next for Arthur Zwane’s men is a home battle against Maritzburg United on Tuesday 9 August at 19:30.

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