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Mpumalanga Black Aces vs Kaizer Chiefs report

Posted: 2 August 2013 Time: 19:32

Kaizer Chiefs got their League title defence off to a winning start after a hard-fought 1-0 win over Mpumalanga Black Aces at Mbombela Stadium on Friday night.

Bernard Parker, who scored four goals in the opening game of the 2012/13 season, was again on the scoresheet, but Amakhosi did not have things all their own way.

The visitors dominated the opening exchanges as Aces’ new-look side struggled to find their feet, and it came as no surprise when they took the lead after just five minutes.

Siphiwe Tshabalala cut in from the right wing and found Parker in space on the edge of the area. The Bafana Bafana man created a yard of space for himself before firing a low shot past Bafana Nhlapo.

Aces were battling to string two passes together and Chiefs had no problem regaining possession – and creating chances.

In the seventh minute Knowledge Musona played a brilliant cross in behind the visitors’ defence, but Lehlehonolo Majoro mistimed his slide and missed the ball altogether.

There was brief respite for Aces when Omar Hendricks came close with a thunderbolt which sailed narrowly over, but Amakhosi continued to pile on the pressure as first Tshabalala hit the side-netting, before Method Mwanjale brilliantly cleared Tefu Mashamaite’s header off the line on 37 minutes.

Majoro then came close with a shot on the turn which went just wide, before Aces found their feet just ahead of the half-time whistle with two good chances.

First Mabhuti Khenyeza - a shock inclusion given his 12-month ban - saw Itumeleng Khune pull off a brilliant save to keep out his long-range shot, before Ofentse Nato’s header from a corner landed on top of the net after Chiefs’ captain missed the ball.

The start of the second half mirrored that of the first as the visitors raced out of the blocks, with ‘Shabba’ almost fashioning an early chance after a lung-busting run down the right, only for Hendricks to save the day with a brave block.

Majoro came even closer on 53 minutes after Tsepo Masilela’s pass found him on the edge of the six-yard box, but Nhlapo pulled off a point-blank save.

The game hit a bit of a lull after that, with long-range efforts the order of the day as Mkhanyiseli Siwahla, Musona and Khenyeza all came close.

However, Khune again proved the difference with three minutes to go, saving expertly with his feet after Nato’s shot deflected off a defender.

And that proved the difference as Amakhosi held on for the three points which gets their title defence off to the perfect start.

Previous comments on this story...

mjerezamj
posted: 07:37 pm
I see our coach is in a mean mood. What a starting line up for Makhosi. It promises to be a good game. Familiar faces indeed for Aces.
genevive
posted: 07:38 pm
Parker on the left or right its a balanced team
thlengane
posted: 07:39 pm
Black Aces 5 - 0 Kaizer Rubbish
Mavisto *''DOWNS\"*
posted: 07:39 pm
Good Luck to Aces and we trust Nale and Khanyeza to skin those wild donkies alive.
marks4
posted: 07:40 pm
Wow 4-3-3 very expensive from our coach
Zwelinzima S
posted: 07:44 pm
Hhmm! What An Attacking Line-Up By Sir Baxter...GOLD,BOLD AND GLAMOUR-GLORY CONTINUES!
Azania
posted: 07:45 pm
Same old line up for chiefs except mosono. We expect to see fireworks. This season, its going to be tough for Chiefs. Unless Refs help them.
First loss. Phefeni boy, sorry for today.

UP THE BUCS
ndlazisto
posted: 07:48 pm
Why is mabhuti khanyeza playing Ace just want to give chiefs points by playing khanyeza
Queen 2the Chiefs
posted: 07:53 pm
I smell a lot goals,it will rain goals eMbombela

Vumani Makhosi
black n white /zebra blood
posted: 07:58 pm
Kuthiwa imali iyagezana,bt I beg to differ when it comes to musunu,inunu le
G-Star
posted: 08:00 pm
Sir Baxter is going for a kill here,this one is in the bag amakhosiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii for life.
Captain Morgan
posted: 08:05 pm
Anyone who throws the ball on da right leg of Mr Fish an Chips will get a yellow card.
BlackHippy
posted: 08:13 pm
This is unfair coach. This starting 11 is strong for any team
tshipi ka bo yellow
posted: 08:27 pm
clear penalty,
ludz
posted: 08:31 pm
I thought mabhuti khanyeza was banned for 12 months....psl at its best madoda. I thought 12 months is at least a year but this guy has barely served a month for his ban
tshipi ka bo yellow
posted: 08:46 pm
I'm anti zebra but here the ref is not on. He is absolutely against Musona. Initially he died him a penalty, now he is screwing him with a yellow card which he doesn't deserve. This game becomes scrappy bit by bit. I'm going to watch Big Brother the Chase now.
nothingBUTthetruth
posted: 08:58 pm
What's the yellow card on Musona for?? No no no, Mr Ref!!
BODIBA WA LE buccener
posted: 08:58 pm
Ah come on were is lebese
BlackHippy
posted: 09:01 pm
we should be at least 3 goals up if it wasn't for ref and his assistants. They are surely against us.
Khosiologyst ...''Echte Liebe''
posted: 09:06 pm
Makhosi we playing kak truth be told! I'm not enjoying this game...
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