Chiefs retain 100% start to season after victory over Wits

2011-08-25 00:00

JOSTA Dladla and Lehlohonolo Majoro both scored their third goals in as many Absa Premiership games as Kaizer Chiefs defeated Bidvest Wits 2-1 yesterday evening.

The two players, who both scored a goal apiece in each of the Amkahosi’s first two games against Jomo Cosmos and Moroka Swallows, netted the opening and winning goals of the game.

Their strikes sandwiched an equaliser from the Clever Boys’ Sibusiso Vilakazi.

The victory sees Chiefs retain their 100% start to the season and move to nine points.

Wits have four points from their opening three games.

The visitors created the first chance of the match on the sixth minute, with Bhongolwethu Jayiya testing Itumeleng Khune at the near post, but the Amakhosi goalkeeper was equal to the shot.

Just under 10 minutes later the Clever Boys threatened again, this time through striker Ryan Chapman who tried to turn home a low cross at the near post, but again the attentions of Khune were enough to prevent a goal.

Chiefs gradually found their rhythm in attack and created a good opportunity in the 18th minute, with Siphiwe Tshabalala firing a volley over the bar after a good knockdown from Kaizer Motaung Jnr.

Five minutes later Khune turned from goalkeeper to creator with a sublime piece of distribution that put Dladla clean through on Wits’ goal, but Energy Murambadoro closed down the attacker very quickly, making a great save.

Khune was in action in the 26th minute, this time in his role as goal minder, saving acrobatically from a Vilakazi header.

The rest of the first half and the early minutes of the second saw the defences tighten up, but Chiefs broke the deadlock almost out of nowhere in the 54th minute.

Tshabalala provided a wonderful cross from the left flank and Dladla scored with a bullet header that gave Murambadoro absolutely no chance of making a save.

Wits shuffled their pack soon after conceding the goal, sending on Sifiso Vilakazi and Thando Mngomeni.

The substitute striker twice beat his marker to the ball to tee up his namesake Vilakazi, who duly fired home a low volley to make it 1-1 in the 68th minute.

The Clever Boys very nearly surged into the lead just a few minutes later, with a deflected cross from Sipho Mngomezulu dropping onto the top of the crossbar, before Sifiso Myeni lobbed an effort over the crossbar under pressure from Khune.

Chiefs responded to the Wits resurgence by introducing striker Lehlohonolo Majoro off the bench and the former AmaZulu player made an almost immediate impact by restoring the home team’s lead in the 77th minute.

The dreadlocked attacker first helped to create the goal by holding the ball up in the penalty area and then finished the move off with a looping header after meeting Dladla’s cross from the right flank.

Khune was called upon to make one exceptional save as Chiefs defended their lead, palming away a long range shot that skidded through a crowded penalty area, though he was somewhat fortunate that Myeni was unable to turn home the rebound.

Meanwhile, Ajax Cape Town kept their recent run of positive results against Santos in tact with a hard fought 1-0 win at the Athlone Stadium last night.

The Parow-based side were on top for the first 45 minutes, with Santos giving their all in the second half to come back and get something from the game after they fell behind to a fifth minute goal.

Ajax took the lead after five minutes when Terror Fanteni flicked on a pass for Khama Billiat, who out-paced Pere Ariweriyai and stuck the ball in the top corner.

RESULTS

Mamelodi Sundowns 4 — 0 Moroka Swallows

AmaZulu 1 — 2 SuperSport United

Platinum Stars 2  — 1 Bloemfontein Celtic

Black Leopards 2 — 0 Golden Arrows

Santos 0 — 1 Ajax Cape Town

Kaizer Chiefs 2 — 1 Bidvest Wits

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