Kaizer Chiefs beat Bidvest Wits 2-1
Posted: 24 August 2011 Time: 21:12
Kaizer Chiefs continued their impressive start to the season with a hard-fought 2-1 victory against Bidvest Wits at FNB Stadium.
Having beaten the Clever Boys by the same score in the MTN8 quarterfinals earlier this month, Amakhosi kept up their 100 percent start to their League campaign thanks to goals from Josta Dladla and Lehlohonolo Majoro – the third successive game in which the two have netted a goal apiece.
The teams were evenly matched in the first half, though Wits were perhaps the faster out of the starting blocks and created a couple of half chances for Bhongolwethu Jayiya and Ryan Chapman, but Itumeleng Khune was equal to both of their attempts.
Chiefs gradually found their rhythm in attack and were soon threatening the visitors’ defence, with Siphiwe Tshabalala cracking a shot over the crossbar in the 18th minute.
Five minutes later the Amakhosi created the best chance of the half, with Dladla running onto a brilliant ball out of defence from Khune, but Energy Murambadoro made a great save in a one-on-one situation.
The rest of the first half and the early minutes of the second saw the defences tighten up, but Chiefs broke the deadlock almost out of nowhere in the 54th minute.
Tshabalala provided a wonderful cross from the left flank and Dladla scored his third goal of the season with a bullet header that gave Murambadoro absolutely no chance.
But Chiefs’ lead was relatively short-lived as Sibusiso Vilakazi took advantage of an assist from his namesake Sifiso to drive home an equalising goal in the 68th minute.
The Clever Boys very nearly surged into the lead just a few minutes later, with a deflected cross from Sipho Mngomezulu dropping onto the top of the crossbar, before Sifiso Myeni lobbed an effort over the crossbar under pressure from Khune.
Chiefs responded to the Wits resurgence by introducing Majoro off the bench, and the former AmaZulu player netted the winner in the 77th minute, heading home from Dladla’s cross.
Khune was called upon to make one exceptional save as Chiefs defended their lead, palming away a long range shot that skidded through a crowded penalty area, though he was somewhat fortunate that Myeni was unable to turn home the rebound.