Absa Premiership: Kaizer Chiefs vs Bidvest Wits
Posted: 19 December 2015 Time: 17:16
Kaizer Chiefs bounced back from their Telkom Knockout Final heartache with a 2-1 victory over log leaders Bidvest Wits in Cape Town on Saturday night.
Man of the Match Lorenzo Gordinho scored a 73rd minute winner after Daine Klate cancelled out Willard Katsande's 18th minute opener for the Glamour Boys.
The result saw Chiefs move within five points of Wits (on 26 points) after 12 games, and also helped ease the disappointment of the Soweto club's second cup final defeat of the season three days ago.
Mamelodi Sundowns now have the chance to replace the Clever Boys at the summit, provided they beat Orlando Pirates in Tshwane on Sunday in their last fixture before the festive break.
Gavin Hunt's charges started strongly, as teen sensation Phakamani Mahlambi flashed a shot narrowly wide of the post nine minutes in.
The Absa Premiership champions, however, stole ahead when Katsande converted a penalty after Onismor Bhasera brought down Camaldine Abraw in the box.
Katsande's nerveless spot-kick was noteworthy given that Amakhosi missed two penalties in their 3-1 loss to Sundowns in the TKO decider.
The Students nearly responded two minutes later but Phumlani Ntshangase headed just wide off a Klate corner.
George Lebese had an opportunity in the 30th minute, but the Glamour Boys midfielder lofted his effort over Moeneeb Josephs's crossbar
Klate levelled affairs three minutes later in simple fashion after latching on to a long goal kick from Josephs. It was Klate's sixth League goal of the season, putting him level with Collins Mbesuma and Andrea Fileccia at the top of the scoring charts.
Chiefs suffered a further blow late in the half when forward Bernard Parker was forced off the pitch with a knee injury. George Maluleka came off the bench to replace him shortly before the interval.
The second half was as tightly contested as the first, with both teams having only glimpses of the goal for the first 20 minutes or so. Wits then had a strong appeal for a penalty turned down by the referee after Siyabonga Nhlapo appeared to be tripped by Morgan Gould when trying to get onto Sibusiso Vilakazi’s through ball.
With 20 minutes to play the Clever Boys created the first clear scoring chance of the second half when Mahlambi used his pace to get in behind the Chiefs defence and played a short pass for Vilakazi, whose shot to the near post was turned away by Reyaad Pieterse.
With Wits looking set to take control of the game, they suddenly found themselves behind in the latter stages when Gordinho scored his first official goal for Chiefs. The young defender turned the ball home on the goal line after Josephs could only get his fingertips to a looping header from Gould at a corner kick.
That proved to be the decisive moment of the match, with Wits dominating the remainder of the game but unable to find a way past the home side’s resilient defence.
HOME: Kaizer Chiefs
Coach: Steve Komphela
AWAY: Bidvest Wits
Coach: Gavin Hunt