Chiefs ease past Usuthu
Posted: 1 November 2008 Time: 18:31
Kaizer Chiefs looked extremely dangerous as they trumped AmaZulu 3-0 on Saturday Afternoon at Loftus stadium in Pretoria, in an exciting game that sees one of the Soweto Giants recapturing their early pre-season form.
It was an action packed first half that saw two goals from the Amakhosi and a missed penalty from the Usuthu. Supporters were left on the edge of their seats throughout the half.
The first twenty minutes saw AmaZulu control the possession but Chiefs making the best of their opportunities.
The first chance of the game fell to Pere Ariweriyai who rose above the Amakhosi defence to meet a corner delivered to the back post but he headed the ball wide of goal when he should have done a lot better.
Both sides persisted with attacks down the wings and delivering crosses inside the box, but the quality of delivery was poor and the sides were reduced to shooting from long range.
It only took twelve minutes before the Glamour Boys grabbed the lead through Gert Schalkwyk. A quick counter attack from Chiefs, sparked by a beautiful long range ball from goalkeeper, Itumeleng Khune, found Schalkwyk unmarked in the box; he made no mistake when he drove the ball home from only 12 yards out, 1-0.
AmaZulu continued to press, despite going behind, through Bradley Ritson who forced Khune into a save in the 16th minute when he unleashed a shot from just outside the edge of the box.
The Chiefs midfield that seemed frail two weeks ago looked reassured with the presence of Zimbabwean Tinashe Nengomasha who protected the back four nicely, and provided a platform for players like Siphiwe Tshabalala and Reneilwe Letsholonyane to attack with. Slowly the boys from Soweto took control of the midfield and created havoc for the AmaZulu defence.
The woes of Clive Barker's men got worse in the 33rd minute when Reneilwe Letsholonyane doubled the Glamour Boys. David Mathebula produced a beautiful pass to find Letsholonyane just inside the 18 yard box; he then placed a pin-point shot into the bottom right corner of the goal giving the keeper no chance.
Coach Barker tried to sure-up his midfield making an early substitution, throwing Ntokozo Sikhakhane on and taking off Ritson in the hope that he could stop the rut.
AmaZulu did, however, get the opportunity to get themselves back into the game just before the half time whistle when Mokete Tsotetsi pulled down Sthembiso Dlamini inside the box in the 43rd minute and the referee awarded a penalty.
Substitute Sikhakhane stepped up to strike the spot kick low and to the right of the keeper, but Khune was up to the challenge, making a fantastic save and touching the ball round the post for a corner kick.
The second half started with Chiefs on top creating more chances for themselves. Nevertheless, AmaZulu were not done yet and they were prepared to fight for a point. Their dedication was none more evident than when Masoeng Sillo put his body on the line when he threw himself in front of a Jose Torrealba shot in the 61st minute.
Despite the Durban side's determination the game was sealed in the 69th minute when Torrealba scored Chiefs' third. Pere Ariweriyai fouled Mathebula inside the box and the referee awarded the second penalty of the game. Torrealba failed to scored from the spot but luckily enough for him he pounced on the rebound to put the result beyond doubt, 3-0.
The game ended 3-0 and Chiefs picked up their third win of the season and their second in a row.