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Premier Soccer League match report: Musona helps Chiefs beat Maritzburg

Posted: 14 September 2013 Time: 19:41

Knowledge Musona scored his first goal for Kaizer Chiefs since returning from Germany in a 2-0 defeat of Maritzburg United in the Premiership on Saturday night.

The 23-year-old, who also netted in Zimbabwe's 2-1 friendly victory over South Africa, struck a first-half opener, with substitute George Lebese likewise on target at FNB Stadium.

Musona, though, left the field late in the game with a stomach muscle problem, raising doubts that he will be available for Tuesday's trip to Bloemfontein Celtic.

The result lifts the League champions to fifth place on the table with seven points from four games - two points behind leaders SuperSport United, who visit top tier rookies Mpumalanga Black Aces on Sunday.

United are 11th in the standings with four points.

In a lively contest, the hosts threatened 14 minutes in, as Musona forced his way past debutant Robyn Johannes and unleashed a low shot, triggering a fine diving save from Man of the Match Shu-Aib Walters, who reacted sharply to foil Bernard Parker on the follow-up.

Soon after Walters did well to parry away a useful long-range effort from the in-form Parker, who has three League goals this season and netted thrice during the recent international break.

Chiefs' Siphiwe Tshabalala flashed a shot wide midway through the stanza, while his teammate Kingston Nkhatha had a deflected crack on goal collected by Walters just past the half-hour mark.

At the other end, Ruben Cloete thumped a loose ball just over the goal, with Glamour Boys captain and goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune scrambling to cover.

Stuart Baxter's men, however, drew first blood in the 37th minute, as Musona pounced on the rebound after Tshabalala's deflected strike hit the upright.

United showed promise five minutes after the break, as Terrence Mandaza's header required a save from Khune following debutant Ashley Hartog's telling cross from the right.

Musona came close with a swift shot on the turn in the 58th minute but Walters was alert to the danger.

Moments later Cloete had an attempt nicely kept out by Khune, while Rheece Evans headed over from range shortly after.

Musona then curled a shot over before strike partner Nkhatha pulled the trigger with intent, but Walters was once again perfectly positioned to make a crucial block.

Walters, however, was eventually beaten in the 75th minute, as Lebese tapped in from close range barely two minutes after replacing Musona.

The Team of Choice were unable to find a way back in the closing stages.

Livefyre comments on this story...

Mdes da Super_Villain
posted: 2013-09-14 18:02:38

Gud line up 4 ma team, bt i respect de muthi dat Gaxa nd Gould use...!!! Anyway K4L...!!! 

Silver Line KBY
posted: 2013-09-14 18:08:12

I don't see bums on the seats. This shows exactly that zebra only have supporters when they play Downs and Rats. Although Downs do not have such huge crowd but both teams (Down& zebras) could draw more crowd when playing each other than these disgraced 100 supporters I'm watching now. By the way I don't anticipate penalties here. I want to see clear goals whether from both two teams. Downs Ka Bo Yellow!

kickinghardwith Bucs
posted: 2013-09-14 18:13:05

There's always a weak link at the back for the zebras, Mathoho always gave free kicks away. Gould will do a lot of talking than marking, Katsekatse and Yeye will do it in central mid-field, Tshabalala is not giving the zebras a good width, playing on the right and always cutting inside, there will be no crosses from him. Whose on the right hand side to atleast give them the width, nobody.

You dont beat teams like Maritzburg like that, confining everything in the middle of the park? morton and de Jongh will kick each and every zebra they come across, this shows me that chiefs does'nt have a coach and assistants who can study their opponents very well. In their last three outings, they opressed during the second half, this question the wisdom of their technical staff

Silver Line KBY
posted: 2013-09-14 18:14:15

6 defenders again! haai this team.

posted: 2013-09-14 18:16:38

I always tell the zebras they get excited when playing Mighty Bucs,  other than that, they just like any other team, arrows , Polokwane city , etc

Silver Line KBY
posted: 2013-09-14 18:31:43

musona is cursed. he will never score in any psl game.

Jay Bee
posted: 2013-09-14 18:37:07

Who are the other two defenders.? Are u mad? Lol..... shame poor rats!

Jay Bee
posted: 2013-09-14 18:38:40

I knw u are a sundawana but u smell like a rat

Jay Bee
posted: 2013-09-14 18:56:01

And u were saying...?

congo brazaville
posted: 2013-09-14 18:56:53

a man and his dog attendance

posted: 2013-09-14 18:57:05

Serero played with an injury and he scored. Please pass the message to David Kekana

msiledonkiwase cala
posted: 2013-09-14 19:03:00

what a goal kweli kwerekwere

posted: 2013-09-14 19:08:46

Has it ever crossed your mind that one draw and one loose will be the record that chiefs will hold for the rest in the PSL...

posted: 2013-09-14 19:09:19

 Nkhatha must not come back in the second half....he is the weakest link so far

posted: 2013-09-14 19:12:31

Come on Pmb, Anti Zebra Fan Club is behind you

posted: 2013-09-14 19:13:05

So far so good

posted: 2013-09-14 19:15:31

At last

T-Man wa leKhosi
posted: 2013-09-14 19:19:08

What drought wena Zola?

Heheee did you guys see Musona skinning those defenders.

Marawa and Mathe are hurting lol

posted: 2013-09-14 19:21:48

The season will look like this at the end of the season...:)

1. Kaizer Chiefs...........P (30 )  W (28) L  (1 ) D (1) GS (55) GC (5 )

15. Orlando Pirates     P  (30)  W (2) L (26 ) D (2) GS ( 5 ) GC (55)

16. Polokwane City..............................not necessary.....................

kickinghardwith Bucs
posted: 2013-09-14 19:24:35

Atleast you've got some dreams though they are like those of some stupid grade 3 student

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