Chiefs break the bad luck spell in Joburg

2013-09-15 10:01

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It was a good week for Knowledge Musona after the Zimbabwean broke his scoring duck for both country and club in just four days.

His first Absa Premiership goal last night coincided with Amakhosi’s rise to somewhat of a purple patch that saw the defending league champions ending a winless streak in all competitions.

This victory lifted Amakhosi off four places from the bottom half of the PSL log into the top five after the first four rounds.

The 23-year-old, who is on a season-long loan from German Bundesliga club Hoffenhein, netted for Zimbabwe en route to the Warriors’ 2-1 win over Bafana Bafana on Tuesday. His first goal for Chiefs was also long overdue.

His striking partner, Bernard Parker, equally deserved praise as he again provided the assistance that set the goals to end what has been trying times for Stuart Baxter and his side.

Musona lasted slightly more than an hour on the pitch as he suffered stomach cramps and was replaced by George Lebese, who scored Chiefs’ second goal a few seconds after coming on.

Amakhosi needed a victory last night, especially after their humiliating 3-1 loss to log leaders SuperSport United two weeks ago.

The setback – which followed shortly after a draw against Moroka Swallows and a loss to township rivals Orlando Pirates in the first leg of the MTN8 Cup semifinals – raised questions as to whether Amakhosi had the credentials to defend their league and Cup double from last season.

With two matches before they face Pirates in the MTN8 second leg – against Bloemfontein Celtic in Free State on Tuesday and Platinum Stars here on Saturday – last night’s win would come as a confidence booster ahead of the Orlando Stadium clash on Heritage Day, September 24.

The visitors had their goalkeeper Shu-Aib Walters to thank for leaving Nasrec with a respectable scoreline.

Walters brought his experience to the fore as he produced solid saves, especially against a side that came with a three-man attack in the form of Musona, Parker and Kingston Nkhatha.

But Chiefs’ past outings have exposed a common element in Baxter’s tactics and players, something opponents have now figured out.

It was no different with United last night, who despite holding back for most of the time, had their moments.

Chiefs could still not convert the many chances they created for the better part of the opening half.

The two sides took to the field last night possessing a similar record of having picked up just four points in their opening three fixtures of their respective league campaigns.

But the columns have changed and Chiefs have leapfrogged to the top, while United remained in the bottom half of the log.

Shu-Aib Walters’ moments

» Blocked the initial attempts on the two occasions in each half that Musona and Lebese scored from the rebounds.

» Tipped Parker’s long range shot for a corner 16 minutes into the game.

» Stopped Nkhatha’s close range shot in the 65th minute.

» Other Absa Premiership results: University of Pretoria 2, Bloemfontein Celtic 0; Free State Stars 0, Platinum Stars 0; AmaZulu 1, Moroka Swallows 0

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