Chiefs win nine on the trot
Absa Premiership runaways Kaizer Chiefs continued their fine run when they defeated title chasers SuperSport United 1-0 in the league encounter at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on Wednesday night.
Bernard Parker’s early first-half goal means this is the 9th league victory in a row for the Glamour Boys, and they are now on 39 points at the summit after 17 matches, and they got revenge after SuperSport United beat them 3-1 in the first-round early this season. Matsatsantsa drop to 4th on the log with 26 points after 17 matches.
Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter had to shuffle things as he was without the injured left-back Tshepo Masilela, and he pushed his right-back Siboniso Gaxa to the left and former Bloemfontein Celtic right-back Kgotso Moleko started on the right.
Cavin Johnson on the other side started with new comer Thato Mokeke on the middle of the park, instead of his left-back role he is known of. They were also a return for young defender Thabo Moloi, who was only making his second appearance for United.
Kaizer almost opened the scoring as early as 7th minute when Knowledge Musona flicked a throw-in by Siboniso Gaxa to the path of Bernard Parker, but the former FC Twente striker could not direct his header on target unmarked in the area.
Four minutes later, Dino Ndlovu’s pass in the middle of the park put Lebohang Manyama clear on goal, but the striker could not outpace Willard Katsande, who made a great slighting tackle before Sammegh Doutie shot wide from the rebound.
In the 16th minute, Kaizer Chiefs took the lead when Bernard Parker’s tame fee-kick from outside the area was misjudged by Supersport United goalkeeper Ronwen Williams, and the ball found its way into the net on the far post, it was also a poor defending by the visitors, 1-0.
The home side didn’t rest on their laurels, and they almost scored again 10 minutes later when Barnard Parker broke free on the left, before cutting the ball back for George Lebese, whose shot well blocked by Bevan Fransman.
Two minutes later, SuperSport United wasted a chance to level the score when Dino Ndlovu failed to beat Khune on one-on-one situation after a through ball by Manyama, before Knowledge Musona saw his curling strike from outside of the area beat Ronwen Williams at the other end of the field, but it came off the upright in the 31st minute as the host looked dangerous.
Thato Mokeke tried his luck from 30-yards out, but his long range effort sailed over the bar with five minutes left before the break, as that was the last chance of the half, and Kaizer Chiefs went to half-time with the lead.
There was a change in home side in the beginning on the second stanza, Siyabonga Nkosi on for Siphiwe Tshabalala. The second-half got off to a slow tempo, but SuperSport United almost equalised when Lebohang Manyama’ long range strike almost caught Khune off guard, but the skipper was equal to the task.
The visitors made a double change in the 69th minute bringing on David Mathebula and big striker Mame Niang in the places of Thuso Phala and Dino Ndlovu as they searched for the equalising goal.
The home side looked to sit back and defend midway point of the second-half, but they almost put the game to bed with 12 minutes to play when Knowledge Musona’ curling strike just outside the area was tipped out for a corner by fully stretched Ronwen Williams.
Second-half substitute Siyabonga Nkosi was next to try and kill the tie but his long range sailed over the bar before Mor Diouf made a fine block to deny Musona a goal after the home side caught the visitors against a run of play in the 85th minute.
Two minutes later the home side came threatening again when late substitute Matthew Rusike saw his shot from the edge of the area well parried over by Ronwen Williams. And young goalkeeper had to be alert again in the 90th minute to keep Bernard Parker’ low shot from the edge of the area out.
Things got from bad to worse for SuperSport United when their midfielder Innocent Mkhabela was shown red after a second bookable offense, before Bennett Chenene saw his header go inches over the bar after a clever cross by Sammegh Doutie as the visitors looked for a late leveller.
The extra-man advantage only lasted for three minutes as Kaizer Chiefs right-back Kgotso Moleko was also shown the red card after a second yellow card as the home side continue their excellent form.
Kaizer Chiefs: Khune ©, Moleko, Gaxa, Gould (Mathoho 62’), Mashamaite, Musona, Katsande, Letsholonyane, Lebese (Rusike 84’), Tshabalala (Nkosi 45’), Parker.
Supersport United: Williams, Moloi, Fransman ©, Diouf, Dean (Chenene 85’), Doutie, Mkhabela, Manyama, Phala (Mathebula 68’), Mokeke, Ndlovu (Niang 67’).