Kaizer Chiefs' 100% streak continues

2014-08-31 09:42

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Kaizer Chiefs know how to win matches and last night’s game was the latest case in point as they maintained a 100% start to the new Absa Premiership campaign.

This is is the first time since the 1996/97 season that Amakhosi have maintained a winning streak at the start of a season.

At the onset, it seemed as if SuperSport United had arrived at Nasrec with a game plan that would eventually stop Amakhosi’s juggernaut as the visitors held on in the opening 45 minutes.

But the tempo and intensity at which Chiefs came out at the top of the hour saw things fall apart for the visitors as Chiefs made the half chances count.

For most of the game, United had kept the in-form trio of Reneilwe Letsholonyane, George Maluleka and Mandla Masango in check, but a lapse in concentration compounded Matsatsantsa a Pitori’s poor start to the campaign.

Masango’s opening goal in the 62nd minute took his tally to five goals in all competitions and Kingston Nkhata followed up with the second eight minutes later. This saw United slumped to their fourth defeat in five league outings.

The score line would have been embarrassing for United had Maluleka not hit the upright in the closing stages of the game. United have endured a turbulent start to their campaign, a bad run that ended with their coach Cavin Johnson being shown the door about 24 hours before last night’s match.

They were guided by caretaker coaches Kaitano Tembo and Kwanele Kopo, but it made little difference against a well-oiled Chiefs side that had Letsholonyane, Maluleka and Masango coming into the game having scored 13 goals between them in all competitions.

To their credit, United did not look like a troubled side in the beginning as they conjured up a few threatening moves of their own with midfielder Dove Wome often dictating play, yet they were still unable to invade Chiefs goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune’s territory.

Instead, the visitors paid dearly for ball watching when their goalkeeper Ronwen Williams had initially saved the first attempts that resulted in Masango and Nkhatha’s goals.

The game also marked the return of striker Bernard Parker while midfielder Siphiwe Tshabalala also made an appearance.

Everything has been going well for Chiefs. They will face Orlando Pirates in the MTN8 Cup final on September 20 at the back of a run of nine goals in the competition without conceding.

The Chiefs defence have only conceded once in the league and their back-four of Tefu Mashamaite, Mulomowandau Mathoho, Tsepo Masilela and Siboniso Gaxa gave away little last night.

By contrast, United have let in nine goals in four matches. Up next, Chiefs will host AmaTuks here on Saturday before the MTN8 Cup final while United will host Platinum Stars on the same day.

Early in the day, Orlando Pirates continued with their winning ways, putting three past a hapless Polokwane City with Kermit Erasmus and Lehohomolo Majoro once more on the score sheet.

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