CHIEFS WINS THE FIRST DERBY
Written by: Ndumiso Nxumalo
Goals from Erick Mathoho and Lewis Macha were enough to hand Kaizer Chiefs a 2-0 win over Soweto rivals, Orlando Pirates at the FNB Stadium.
Even been given a freedom to vote for their favourite player, even the new signings, the supporters chose to stick to the tried and tested for the both side.
Over the last five years, Pirates has dominated the Carling Black Label Cup as they have won it four times while Amakhosi have won the cup once.
Amakhosi were looking for redemption and it was not suprising that they made three attept against once for Pirates in the 40 minutes.
Steve Komphela’s charges had the ball in the back of the net after 30 minutes, but it was ruled out after Brighton Mhlongo had been fouled in the build-up.
Meanwhile, Pirates could not get their passing game going for the entire half, as the likes of Oupa Manyisa and Issa Sarr struggled to contain Chiefs’ midfield trio.
Neither coach would have been delighted with the first half showings, especially Komphela, having seen his side dominated the entire 45 minutes.
Five minutes into the second half, changes were made for both sides. Luvuyo Memela replaced Issa Sarr, while Ramahlwe Mphahlele replaced Lorenzo Gordinho.
Chiefs eventually took the lead in the 58th minute when Erick Mathoho side-footed home from six-yards out, after Parker’s effort crashed off the crossbar.
Norodien certainly made his presence felt, as he carved out an opening in the 82nd minute when he picked out Morrison, whose effort was cleared off the line by Mathoho.
With Pirates pushing for an equaliser, Komphela introduced Daniel Cardoso for the final 10 minutes, while also giving new signing, Lewis Macha some game time.
However, Chiefs sealed the win in stoppage time as Macha headed home at the near post to mark his debut with a goal.