New Nigerian striker Zito Ogbonna had his penalty brilliantly saved by Helton da Rocha on 69 minutes, but from the resulting corner-kick central defender Valery Nahayo scored his first ever PSL goal to give Amakhosi the win.
Played in front of a 30 000 crowd, there was nostalgia in the air as Chiefs returned to the scene of some of their greatest triumphs in the 1970s and 80s.
The game, however, failed to live up the billing for much of the night as both teams struggled to create clear-cut chances.
Ogbonna went close in the first half, as did Renielwe Letsholonyane, who brilliantly created the chance for himself with some neat skill as he lofted the ball over the defender’s head, turned, but then shot wide with the outside of his boot.
Letsholonyane again had a chance when Da Rocha miss-judged a lofted through-ball and the Chiefs midfielder looked to have a clear sight of goal, only for some last-ditch defending from the Arrows defence to block his shot.
But the goal came just as Arrows were celebrating getting out of jail. Siphiwe Tshabalala’s shot was fired straight at Siyabonga Sangweni, who had his arms up to block the ball.
Referee Daniel Bennett pointed to the spot and Ogbonna stepped up to score what he thought would be his third goal in two games since joining the Naturena side.
His spot-kick was struck well enough, but Da Rocha flung himself to his left, leaving his right arm up to block the ball and send it looping over the crossbar.
Arrows celebrated as if they had scored, when the should have been concentrating on the coming set-piece.
From the corner, Nahayo out-jumped teammate Ogbonna to head home and send the crowd into raptures.