Mabena inflicts double on Chiefs

Mabena gave Dikwena the lead in the 24th minute with a superb long-range strike after executing a stepover to shake off the attentions of Erick Mathoho, off whom there was a slight deflection. Itumeleng Khune stood still.

The former Orlando Pirates striker made it 2-0 from the penalty spot in the 79th minute, cheekily chipping Khune from the spot after Bernard Parker was adjudged to have blocked Kobamelo Kodisang's cross with an arm raised above his head.

In the wake of the loss, Steve Komphela's men remain at number three on the log table with 39 points, whilst Dikwena move to the fourth spot with 37 points next to their name.

Amakhosi had most of the ball possession in the early stages and Camaldine Abraw made a great run into the box receiving a cross from William Twala, but his header went over the crossbar after 10 minutes.

However, in the 17th minute, Lucky Baloyi wasted a wonderful opportunity when Siphiwe Tshabalala beat three Dikwena defenders down the left before laying the ball for Baloyi, who saw his shot going wide.

Stars played too deep, with too many back-passes to Mbongeni Mzimela, but Amakhosi failed to capitalise as Mzimela became the busier of the two goalkeepers.

In the 23rd minute, Mabena found the opening goal when he received a flick-on from Bonginkosi Ntuli in a two-on-two situation and the forward took a shot which deflected off Mathoho, beating a static Khune at his top corner.

Five minutes later, Dikwena nearly made it two when Morgan Gould and Mathoho failed to communicate at the back, and Mathoho's header went inches wide of his own goal following a great free kick by Masibuzane Zongo.

After 30 minutes of action, Gould went forward and nearly found an equaliser from a set piece down the left flank, but his free header went so close to Mzimela's far corner.

With exactly five minutes remaining to the interval, Solomon Mathe's well struck shot gave Amakhosi a scare but it went over Khune's crossbar.

Despite putting constant pressure on the hosts, Steve Komphela's men failed to get an equaliser and it was 1-0 at the interval.

In the second stanza, Cavin Johnson's charges were better as the match gained momentum and after the 51st minute, Mzimela showed his quality by denying Baloyi a chance to equalise.

In the 57th minute, Khune was equal to the task when he stretched to deny Robert Ng'ambi from a wonderful header, after a cross from Zongo down the right.

In an aim to respond, Tshabalala unleashed a good shot in the 62nd minute but it went wide to the right of Mzimela's posts after a wonderful exchange of passes.

With 13 minutes to go, Stars were awarded a penalty when Parker was adjudged to have handled the ball in the box. Referee Victor Gomes pointed to the spot and Mabena sealed his brace, making it 2-0 in the 79th minute.

A minute later, Parker wasted a great chance to make it 2-1 when he received a rebound from Mzimela but his effort sailed wide.

In the last five minutes, Parker again missed another great chance to score when a loose ball bounced in his path but he failed to keep it down.