CHIEFS BACK TO WINNING WAYS
By: Sphamandla Blose
Absa Premiership defending champions, Kaizer Chiefs, are back to winning ways after defeating Maritzburg United 2-0 at FNB Stadium on Saturday night.
Superb goals from Knowledge Musona, and George Lebese ensured that Amakhosi collect maximum points. Both teams played good football as they looked determined to win the game. Chiefs, who came to this match having lost in the previous game against Supersport United, created scoring chances very early but it was hard converting them as United defence cleared everything in front of the box.
On the 15th minute, Musona dribbled and forced his way passing Robyn Johannes and with his right foot unleashed low shot, United goalkeeper Shu-Aib Walters was not troubled by that shot as he safely collected the ball.
The home side was playing convincingly and the spirit of the game started to be high. Bernard Parker came out of nowhere with a powerful long range shot but well-alert Walters reacted sharply to save the shot. United started to pack as Chiefs were dangerous on the attack. Simphiwe Tshabalala’s attempt just from outside the box wide midway, and his muscular team mate Kingston Nkatha tried to score as the ball deflected but did not trouble Walters.
On the 37th minute, Glamour boys netted the first goal as Musona powerfully stroke the rebound after Tshabalala’s shot deflected hitting the upright of the crossbar. Just before the break, United made attempts as Terrence Mandaza’s shot was saved by Itumeleng Khune, from a brilliant cross produced by Ashley Hartog.
Chiefs continued after the break as Musona’s shot at goal was saved by Walters. Moment late United attacked quickly as Cloete tried to equalise but Chiefs goalie, Khune denied them the chance. After working hard saving so many attempts from Chiefs, Walters on the 75th minute was beaten. First touch from Lebese, who replaced Musona whom had stomach pains, netted the second goal.
From there, Chiefs showed more dander and confidence, creating scoring chances but couldn’t convert them to goals until the final whistle. Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter shown much gratitude as he earlier describes this match as a very important one to regain their confidence.
“I’m really happy about the way we played today, and hopefully this win is a good start of many wins. Though we missed many chances, but all credit goes to United as they didn’t allow us to do as we pleased; now we have to focus on our next game,” Baxter said.
Chiefs hope to maintain momentum when they take on Bloemfontein Celtic of Tuesday. The next game for United is on Sunday against Mpumalanga Black Aces.