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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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Click_
posted: 2014-08-09 13:20:20

Was there a Justin Bieber, Will Smith & Lady Gaga concert last night at this stadium?..

Either way, this pitch looks perfect for a nicely thrown javelin..

FSS 0 - 1 Chiefs

Mosixty
posted: 2014-08-09 13:26:05

Free state stars is doing a sundowns by parking a bus  

@Bongz # Bucs
posted: 2014-08-09 13:28:46

I have a feeling FFS is gonna be rewarded by this parking bus strategy

@Bongz # Bucs
posted: 2014-08-09 13:31:10

For a team getting. A 3million rand grant every. Month, they should not be playing such pathetic pitch

SSP and Absa should ally complain to PSL this is not good for advertising

MthokozisiNhlaloNcube
posted: 2014-08-09 13:32:06

usually suspects showing their true colours Katsande & Masege referee must be strictly

Mhlonishwa Jabz1Two3Cebz
posted: 2014-08-09 13:35:51

PSL still has a long way to go, this is just unprofessional

Professor_
posted: 2014-08-09 13:41:06

The pitch is terrible mxm

mainamologa
posted: 2014-08-09 13:41:19

Best pitch for Chiefs javeline!

thebigbucs
posted: 2014-08-09 13:42:23

what I am watching is a disgrace the level of professionalism is so poor, the pitch, the players in red and the officials.....its so poor, disgrace to PSL. I refuse such. 

CRM083® ~ We Cant Say Sesimnandi
posted: 2014-08-09 13:45:54

SencoPation  CRM083 But I don't think what we're seeing there is the grass. The pitch looks muddy. And the mud is stcky

Funky
posted: 2014-08-09 13:46:10

True bakaniya this is so unprofessional .

And when they come to Soweto they play in good pitches

mag6
posted: 2014-08-09 13:46:15

George M12 is too slow and keeping the ball too long and lossing t so cheaply.

CRM083® ~ We Cant Say Sesimnandi
posted: 2014-08-09 13:47:00

thebigbucs I was about to say the same about the FSS players. They're not playing good football and the officials are letting them get away with this

Funky
posted: 2014-08-09 13:47:11

Qwaqwa is in a rural erea

@Bongz # Bucs
posted: 2014-08-09 13:47:15

How Mashego from the talent he was to such a cow, I wonder....I thought the boy was destine for good things

CRM083® ~ We Cant Say Sesimnandi
posted: 2014-08-09 13:49:02

@Bongz # Bucs But it looks like they just parked the bus with no driver. When they win the ball at the back it just ends with Chiefs players again

Great Rhino
posted: 2014-08-09 13:52:26

Free State Stars have put Calton Center at the Back. Love & Peace. 

illarramendi
posted: 2014-08-09 13:55:53

CRM083 thebigbucs It's a Man's GAME

deleted_21083860_deleted_21083860_SisterP
posted: 2014-08-09 14:01:04

Swallows 3-1 Pirates

SencoPation
posted: 2014-08-09 14:01:34

SisterP  hehehehe, uthand'impi wena...

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