Amakhosi in seventh heaven

2014-09-28 00:00

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Seven-eleven is what it is.

This is not the popular grocery store but Kaizer Chiefs’ impressive statistic of the season thus far.

Amakhosi have now made it seven wins in a row in the league campaign and eleven in all competitions, including the four of the recently concluded MTN8 Cup.

With the two teams meeting again next weekend in the Telkom Knockout round of 16 at the same venue, Saturday’s encounter will be a grudge match as Maritzburg would not want to lose twice in a row to the same team.

On a day when all home teams registered victories, it was expected that the log leaders would also do the same, although they made it look difficult.

From Port Elizabeth to Mbombela, Goble Park to Lucas Moripe Stadium, it was all three points for Chippa United, Mpumalanga Black Aces, Free State Stars and SuperSport United – and Chiefs completed the day’s trend of 1-0 victories.

The day started with the Chilli Boys inflicting a 1-0 victory over Orlando Pirates, while Aces gave Ajax their first defeat of the season with the same scoreline. Free State Stars came from 2-0 down to beat Moroka Swallows 3-2 and SuperSport United were also victorious at home to Bloemfontein Celtic.

But Chiefs made an easy game look difficult as they missed chance after chance with George Maluleka the main culprit.

On another night the midfielder would have wrapped up the game for Chiefs in the first half. In fact, Chiefs were guilty of trying one too many touches in front of goal instead of shooting from outside the box.

But Maritzburg were determined to tread where other teams have failed so far this season. After absorbing the pressure for almost the entire first half, United went to sleep at the crucial stage of the game when they conceded what looked like a soft penalty after Tsepo Masilela went down in the box.

Mandla Masango made no mistake from the spot.

The decision left United coach Steve Komphela seething as he walked straight into the tunnel without uttering a word. But credit should go to the visitors, who stuck to their game plan and frustrated the home team for the better part of the game.

United defended in numbers and this ploy snuffed Chiefs’ normal flowing game.

Although they deserved to go home with at least a point, Komphela’s side were undone by their own costly mistake in the end.

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