PSL Absa Premiership match report Highlands Park vs Kaizer Chiefs
Posted: 21 September 2016 Time: 18:35
Kaizer Chiefs needed a second-half penalty to edge Highlands Park 1-0 in their Absa Premiership clash at a 9 000-strong Makhulong Stadium in Tembisa on Wednesday.
Chiefs were looking for their first win of the season, having lost their league opener to Bidvest Wits and drawn their previous game with Platinum Stars.
And they got it thanks to a 65th-minute penalty kick from George Lebese, who took his time before slotting into the bottom-left corner past Tapuwa Kapini, who had not been tested up until that point.
Referee Lwandile Mfiki awarded the spot-kick for a tug by Auguston Leonard on William Twala as he was running onto a through-ball into the area, although replays showed that the foul was committed outside the box and the players fell inside.
Nevertheless it was the break Amakhosi coach Steve Komphela needed, as another failure to win would have been their 17th game without a win in all competitions.
The game was an even and open affair for the most part as Highlands missed a few chances of their own. Franklin Cale fired a few shots straight at Itumeleng Khune when well placed to score while Collins Mbesuma also missed a headed chance in the first half.
On Chiefs' side, just moments before the penalty, Twala missed a sitter of a header from six yards out after being picked out by George Maluleka, and in general the shooting was wayward from the likes of Twala and Sibusiso Khumalo.
The combination of Twala, Lebese and Hendrick Ekstein looked good in the middle third but was lacking in the final one, and after the goal Komphela brought on the fit-again Siphiwe Tshabalala and Bernard Parker to shore things up in attack.
The Lions of the North pushed for an equaliser in the closing stages and almost snatched one when Khune handled outside the area in the sixth minute of stoppage time, but the goalkeeper produced a great save from a stinging Charlton Mashumba drive to preserve his clean sheet.
It was not convincing by any means, but it was an improved performance and will be welcome relief for Komphela and the Amakhosi faithful as the team looks to turn their season around.
HOME: Highlands Park
Coach: Allan Freese
AWAY: Kaizer Chiefs
Coach: Steve Komphela