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PSL match report: Free State Stars 0-1 Kaizer Chiefs

Posted: 9 August 2014 Time: 14:24

Kaizer Chiefs opened their Premiership campaign with a deserved 1-0 win over Free State Stars on a dismal pitch at Charles Mopeli Stadium.

Amakhosi, who beat Mpumalanga Black Aces 4-0 in the MTN8 last week, prevailed on Saturday via George Lebese's 55th minute goal to hand Stars coach Tom Saintfiet a defeat in his first game in the PSL.

A defensive Ea Lla Koto were not helped by losing the services of new goalkeeper Daouda Diakite with a seemingly serious knee injury on the stroke of half-time.

Chiefs dictated affairs early on in Phuthaditjhaba, with Mandla Masango and George Maluleka testing Diakite with useful strikes, while Kingston Nkhatha fired narrowly wide off a Lebese cut-back midway through the first stanza.

Lebese also had a decent shout for a penalty when he tumbled in the box under a challenge from Angula Da Costa but referee Kulasander Qongqo was unconvinced.

Saintfiet's men were content to sit back and try and catch their opponents on the counter. They nearly succeeded once through Richard Henyekane, but the speedy striker failed to hit the target with a first-time attempt after keeper Itumeleng Khune was pulled out of position when sweeping a dangerous ball over the top.

The hosts then suffered a setback close to the recess, as debutant Diakite sustained suspected ligament damage when taking a goalkick, prompting the introduction of Ayanda Mtshali.

The Glamour Boys made their dominance count 10 minutes after the interval, as Lebese stabbed the ball home from close range following some sloppy defending from Da Costa.

Stuart Baxter's charges continued to set the pace in the latter stages but were unable to beat Mtshali again, who notably foiled a downward header from Nkhatha with 15 minutes to go.

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Livefyre comments on this story...

Pastor D
posted: 2014-08-09 12:30:35

THis team is weak.

Lucky makho
posted: 2014-08-09 12:34:13

 cool team go get em boiz

Yah_da_OG
posted: 2014-08-09 12:39:36

Poor Zombies, gud luck anyway

Sdumo
posted: 2014-08-09 12:40:36

Gud .luck boys. Make us happ

MusaweNkosinathi
posted: 2014-08-09 12:43:04

Go read a bubble Pastor D-DOM

Mthinayi Bugs Killer
posted: 2014-08-09 12:46:17

I see another 5 nil here.

Amakhosi for life.

illarramendi
posted: 2014-08-09 12:47:09

FS Stars XI: To follow shortly....

Total disrespect.


So glad i'm not a fan of Fs Stars.


Mpho_R
posted: 2014-08-09 12:49:08

This is just for the sake of writing something..shame on you

daniel n kekana
posted: 2014-08-09 12:54:15

chiefs wll win today.

Juda Scaliot
posted: 2014-08-09 12:57:38

All the best Khosi...

vistonator
posted: 2014-08-09 13:04:29

Predictable

Deezle
posted: 2014-08-09 13:04:37

The pitch is bad,its like its rural area

vistonator
posted: 2014-08-09 13:05:57

In ur dreams neh?

MthokozisiNhlaloNcube
posted: 2014-08-09 13:06:18

the pitch yoo

CRM083® ~ We Cant Say Sesimnandi
posted: 2014-08-09 13:07:46

Isn't there a better pitch in Free State??

thebigbucs
posted: 2014-08-09 13:10:56

they should play with their track suites this players look like they are freezing.... 

illarramendi
posted: 2014-08-09 13:11:46

11 V 11 and both playing on the same PITCH.

Have to pinch myself! Just love it


SencoPation
posted: 2014-08-09 13:12:00

CRM083  ... I don't think so. Even if there was, Phuthaditshaba is FS Stars Home Stadium. The pitch is playable (I think)...the only difference is the grass being "not so green" compared to the one at soccer city.

thebigbucs
posted: 2014-08-09 13:13:18

QwaQwa usually is cold.....but this pitch is a disgrace....the stadium management should be fined..and this must not be shown international....

deleted_21046280_chief inspector
posted: 2014-08-09 13:20:08

fss coach looks like one of those sick guys in one of those low budget movies.

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