RAMPANT CHIEFS RUN RIOT OVER CELTIC
By: Sphamandla Blose
Log-leaders Kaizer Chiefs stretched the lead at the summit after runing riot over Bloemfontein Celtic in a 3-0 thriller at FNB stadium on Wednesday.
A burn hard scorcher by Bernard Parker, Knowledge Musona’s sweetly taken strike and an own goal from Keagan Buchanan ensured that Amakhosi keep their home unbeaten run intact this season.
Chiefs showed their intentions earlier in the game when Siphiwe Tshabalala fired a shot but went straight to the goal keeper in the 4th minute.
A few minutes later, Chiefs received a free kick after Musa Nyatama brought down Reneilwe Letsholonyane but Parker’s strike couldn’t find the target as his kick went over the bar.
Celtic didn’t look intimidated as they constantly created many chances every time when on the ball but could not utilize them.
Just before half time, Parker fired a stupendous shot, leaving Patrick Tignyemb with no chance, to give Chiefs a lead.
Joel Mogorosi continued to pose a threat to Chiefs as he out-jumped Nkatha at the corner and fired a powerful header at goal but went wide.
In the second half, the visitors came close to levelling matters in the hour mark as Mogorotsi called Itumeleng Khune into action but Khune tipped it his shot off and deflected on the crossbar.
Ten minutes later, Nkhatha came with a brilliant pass to Musona who beat one man before firing a superb strike from the 34-yard to give his side a commanding lead.
Celtic tried to turn tables around later but could not Chiefs’ defense.
Parker almost completed his brace after receiving a great pass from Tshabalala but Tignyemb had his shot covered.
Things went from the frying pan into the fire for the visitors as Muchanan scored an own goal in the last minutes.
Mogorosi tried to find a consolation goal but couldn’t swing his shot on target.
Chiefs coach Stuart Barter showed much gratitude but he believes they could have done better.
“We had good 100% chances and we played with discipline, Celtic did get chances but unfortunately they couldn’t use them,” said Baxter.
Chiefs are nine points clear ahead of second-placed Mamelodi Sundowns who have two games in hand.