Mandla Masango does it again for Chiefs

2014-08-20 08:48

Mandla Masango’s late winner was enough as Kaizer Chiefs continued their dominance of the early season with a 1-0 win over Bloemfontein Celtic.

The Glamour Boys were made to fight it out for maximum points in their Absa Premiership encounter at FNB Stadium yesterday evening, but got there in the end, courtesy of Masango’s 80th minute finish.

The win sent Chiefs to the top of the league standings with nine points and a 100% record from their opening three fixtures.

The tricky Masango slotted home his fourth goal in five matches so far this season, continuing his meteoric rise to the top of the goal scorers’ list. The winger scored a brace in the opening round of the MTN8, before netting Chiefs’ opener against Mpumalanga Black Aces in their 2-1 win last week.

Amakhosi’s victory was a 12th successive encounter without defeat against Celtic, who last managed a win against Chiefs in September 2009.

Action swung from end-to-end after the hour mark but neither team was able to find the decisive pass in the final third as chances came and went.

But the hosts’ dogged determination eventually paid off as Masango netted for the Soweto outfit, sending out a unified sigh of relief for the home supporters on a chilly evening in Nasrec.

George Maluleka sprayed the ball out wide to George Lebese on the right, before the winger centred brilliantly for an oncoming Masango, who made no mistake, side-footing with authority past goalkeeper Patrick Tignyemb, who was stranded.

With little time to recover, Celtic failed to keep up with the leaders, allowing Chiefs to sit back and defend their lead for a nervy 13 minutes, but not before Eric Mathoho crashed a volley into the crossbar seconds after the goal, as Chiefs came close to doubling their lead.

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