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PSL match report: Free State Stars 0-1 Kaizer Chiefs

Posted: 9 August 2014 Time: 14:24

Kaizer Chiefs opened their Premiership campaign with a deserved 1-0 win over Free State Stars on a dismal pitch at Charles Mopeli Stadium.

Amakhosi, who beat Mpumalanga Black Aces 4-0 in the MTN8 last week, prevailed on Saturday via George Lebese's 55th minute goal to hand Stars coach Tom Saintfiet a defeat in his first game in the PSL.

A defensive Ea Lla Koto were not helped by losing the services of new goalkeeper Daouda Diakite with a seemingly serious knee injury on the stroke of half-time.

Chiefs dictated affairs early on in Phuthaditjhaba, with Mandla Masango and George Maluleka testing Diakite with useful strikes, while Kingston Nkhatha fired narrowly wide off a Lebese cut-back midway through the first stanza.

Lebese also had a decent shout for a penalty when he tumbled in the box under a challenge from Angula Da Costa but referee Kulasander Qongqo was unconvinced.

Saintfiet's men were content to sit back and try and catch their opponents on the counter. They nearly succeeded once through Richard Henyekane, but the speedy striker failed to hit the target with a first-time attempt after keeper Itumeleng Khune was pulled out of position when sweeping a dangerous ball over the top.

The hosts then suffered a setback close to the recess, as debutant Diakite sustained suspected ligament damage when taking a goalkick, prompting the introduction of Ayanda Mtshali.

The Glamour Boys made their dominance count 10 minutes after the interval, as Lebese stabbed the ball home from close range following some sloppy defending from Da Costa.

Stuart Baxter's charges continued to set the pace in the latter stages but were unable to beat Mtshali again, who notably foiled a downward header from Nkhatha with 15 minutes to go.

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MjeyB
posted: 2014-08-10 03:28:44

Whatever, those so-called big teams failed to register wins against poorly assembled squads and you come here and think you are clever.

MjeyB
posted: 2014-08-10 03:31:27

What a smack by the not so Mighty Rats, enjoy your -3 points Gorillas, lol.

KidKudu7
posted: 2014-08-10 05:02:00

Where is Nomandela???

gene peace
posted: 2014-08-10 06:01:42

jay the citizen  + and  now - hehehehehe . kikikiki .....

Veza'ndlebe (Misunderstood Blogger)
posted: 2014-08-10 07:06:01

SignClowns bought him. I'm sure u know what that means

Mpho_R
posted: 2014-08-10 07:07:39

Basheshe bahleka

CRM083® ~ We Cant Say Sesimnandi
posted: 2014-08-10 08:30:22

masthape Izinyoka stole the cables but they're all in prison this season

CRM083® ~ We Cant Say Sesimnandi
posted: 2014-08-10 08:34:10

jay the citizen Get your facts straight before making any conclusions. Here are Phakamani Mngadi's details:

Date of birth:Oct 10, 1994 in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal 

Age:19

Nationality: South Africa

Height:1,68 m

NtaiLebakeng
posted: 2014-08-10 18:07:14

On a very horrible pitch indeed.

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posted: 2014-08-10 22:37:19

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shlalo wezihlalo
posted: 2014-08-11 04:06:23

Its clear that we r competing for da league, cause if we managed to get three points frm a disgusting pitch and still hammer four goal on da superb pitch. I dont c us struggling at all. It shows that we r gud, and nothing will stop us.

Lunga Joyi
posted: 2014-08-11 07:51:25

Ja we won but substituting Lebese for Gould was not the best option, kuthwa the best way to defend is to attack next u will cost us Baxter watch out mfana wam

Qungasi
posted: 2014-08-11 09:25:10

Lunga Joyi  That was not defending but changing the formation. We than had 3 players playing as defenders, Pa nd Tshepo pushed forward

NtaiLebakeng
posted: 2014-08-11 10:37:32

The inclusion of Masango has also brought sparks and mobility up front wish dat he could be given enough chance.

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