Absa Premiership: Bloemfontein Celtic vs Kaizer Chiefs
Posted: 17 January 2016 Time: 14:17
Kaizer Chiefs edged Bloemfontein Celtic 1-0 on Sunday to move within five points of joint-log leaders Mamelodi Sundowns and Mpumalanga Black Aces.
Amakhosi enforcer Willard Katsande slotted a 71st minute penalty which was earned by debutant William Twala at Free State Stadium.
Chiefs remain in fourth spot on the Absa Premiership table but bolstered their tally to 25 points from 14 games, four points behind Bidvest Wits and eight ahead of ninth-placed Phunya Sele Sele.
Both sides were chasing their first wins in the new year and the hosts started the match with a youthful side as they dictated terms in the opening stages of the tie.
After 10 minutes of action, the Amakhosi were awarded a set piece just outside the box which Siphiwe Tshabalala took, but Celtic partially cleared the danger only for George Maluleka’s follow-up shot to hit the side-netting.
Serame Letsoaka’s men responded swiftly when Wayde Jooste delivered a great cross from the right, but Lerato Lamola’s attempt went just wide.
Just after 30 minutes into the contest, good interplay from the visitors saw Maluleka shooting narrowly wide from just inside the box.
In the 40th minute, Siwlelele wasted a wonderful opportunity to grab the lead when Jooste sent in a cross, but it went astray with nobody to finish it off.
It was 0-0 at half-time.
Immediately after the resumption of the second stanza, Celtic exchanged good touches to put Hellings Mhango into space, but the Malawian forward was denied by Reyaad Pieterse.
Towards the 60th minute, Tignyemb showed his class when he tipped Reneilwe Letsholonyane’s beautiful shot from the edge of the box over the cross bar.
Nine minutes later, Twala hit the woodwork with Tignyemb beaten.
Soon after Amakhosi were awarded a penalty when Twala was fouled in the box by Aphiwe Lubisi and Katsande converted from the spot to hand Chiefs the lead.
Siwelele tried all they could to bounce back in the latter stages of the tie, but Steve Komphela's charges held on for the win.
HOME: Bloemfontein Celtic
Coach: Serame Letsoaka
AWAY: Kaizer Chiefs
Coach: Steve Komphela