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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...

posted: 09:11 pm
Shabba for president
Sir eeeemzaa walikhosi
posted: 09:14 pm
we are playing kak like pierats

k4l : let's hear
posted: 09:40 pm
We r not convencing...
Champ Double Nostra
posted: 09:48 pm
Chiefs will never win the league this season
Mark my words.SHabbat is too greedy
Eric Ramasike_MSFC
posted: 09:50 pm
Not bad Aces. Not too sure about the Champs and as for the avalanche of goals promised by Chiefs fans at work and surely everywhere else, spoke too soon as always.
posted: 09:55 pm
Fluke win for these zebras.
The Phefeni Boy
posted: 09:56 pm
Kaizer Chiefs FC leaders of the New School...
Khosiologyst ...''Echte Liebe''
posted: 09:56 pm
We going nowhere with this kind of football....mxm. what kak is this? Is Sir Baxter n Doctor okay upstairs though...aaaarg fok man!
posted: 09:56 pm
That was a hard fought win by my boys.....well done boys..........this Aces team will donder many teams I'm telling U
Lady Goldilight
posted: 09:56 pm
Two penalties turned down!!!

posted: 09:59 pm
The glory continues! What more can we say!
posted: 09:59 pm
First game makhosi don't worry this is just a beginning of a great season for the khosi nation
tshipi ka bo yellow
posted: 10:01 pm
robbery at its best but zebras shouldn't be cry babies as they themselves benefited many times from the referees. the game was so scrappy.
posted: 10:02 pm
Amazayoni put up a good fight. Other teams beware
KhosiNyce 01
posted: 10:02 pm
Clinical nd we got what we deserved.

I am waiting to hear the panty wearers from next door to once again slap their thighs about the refereeing......

The glory continues
Khosiologyst ...''Echte Liebe''
posted: 10:02 pm
Bull Sheet! Makhosi we going nowhere....lets be honest, it was like was watching the 29th game of the season.... haaaai noo man!
posted: 10:03 pm
Musona my ass, yingulube esesakeni,sithuswa ngenyoka efile
Treble brace Champ \"Superbrand\"
posted: 10:03 pm
Chiemps plays kak football..parking a bus against a newly assembled team..aces deserve a draw atleast.....I m impressed with Khanyeza.....very commited player, good striker and fereira. But why didn't we sign this 2.
posted: 10:04 pm
Referees tend to sympathize with the under dog really.......how can u deny two obvious penalties and the yellow card given to the smiling assassin for doing nothing.......any way we r the only team in PSL for winning our first game in defending our championship......others failed before
amakhosi r crooks
posted: 10:04 pm
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