Kaizer Chiefs Maritzburg United PSL Absa Premiership report
Posted: 24 September 2016 Time: 17:21
Kaizer Chiefs fans were able to end their Heritage Day celebrations in jovial mood after watching their side win a successive league match following Amakhosi’s 2-0 win over Maritzburg United at FNB Stadium.
Maritzburg started the game on the front foot, putting the Chiefs defence under immediate pressure with a number of early chances.
Yet the hosts soon found their stride, with Pule Ekstein looking lively in midfield, yet William Twala blew his side’s first real chance, blasting well wide after finding space on the right-hand side of the area.
His effort was soon forgotten as Steve Komphela’s men took the lead three minutes later, Lorenzo Gordinho ghosting in unmarked for a corner to head his side in front.
Mitchell Katsvairo, leading the frontline for Chiefs, was finding pockets of space for himself and teammates, with Twala the beneficiary on the stroke of half-time as he was played through on goal, beating the off-side trap before calmly slotting home to double his side’s lead.
Chiefs began the second half still on the front foot, Ramahlwe Mphahlele finding his way into the box but skewing his shot wide of the mark.
Komphela then brought on Daniel Cardoso for George Lebese as he looked to shut up shop just after the hour mark, yet this allowed the Team of Choice to venture further forward as they went in search of a goal.
Visiting skipper Kurt Lentjies came closest with two powerfully driven efforts that both fizzed wide, before Bevan Fransman’s goal-bound header from a free-kick brought out the best from Itumeleng Khune, who’s acrobatic save ensured his maintained a clean sheet.
Sheldon van Wyk’s effort on 86 minutes, after finding himself unmarked in the box, went well wide, with that strike being Maritzburg’s last meaningful attempt as they failed to break down the hosts defence, Chiefs holding out for the 2-0 win to make it back-toback victories for the first time since February.
The win temporarily takes Amakhosi into third, while Maritzburg – following a fifth straight defeat away to the Soweto giants – slip to 11th.
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