PSL : Amakhosi bounce back with a victory
Newly promoted elite league club Highlands park hosted Kaizer Chiefs in an ABSA Premiership match at Makhulong stadium in Tembisa with Kaizer Chiefs winning the game 1-0.
Kaizer Chiefs started the game with nice build ups and energetic pass interchange. Former Jomo Cosmos striker Mashumba should have done better after beating Ramahlwe Mphahlele who committed a foul just outside the box and winning a free kick, only for his shot to blast through the Kaizer Chiefs wall.
Amakhosi should have went ahead in the 16th minute when Ekstein laid a perfect pass only for George Lebese’s shot to be blocked by the defender for a corner.
Chiefs began dominating the game as they pressed Highlands Park only for Kapini to deny them scoring chances. Franklin Cale’s corner in the 26th minute was perfect only for Collins Mbesuma not to connect well with the cross.
Highlands Park made impacts that could have resulted in goals but their chances lacked goal scoring opportunities.
Thanduyise Khuboni controlled the match for Highlands Park in the middle of the park with the likes of Kapini and Ngalo pressing the Chiefs midfielders.
Lorenzo Gordinho’s foul in the 40th minute resulted in a free kick, with Franklin Cale taking a perfect shot only for Itumeleng Khune to have an easy save.
Chiefs iron man William Katsande thought he had won a penalty when Collins Mbesuma kicked him under the heels in the 41st minute only for the referee to rule play on.
The first half ended with no goals scored.
The second half started with both teams showing more enthusiasm as they showed hunger to score.
Patient build ups by Kaizer Chiefs and looked positive as they searched for a goal didn’t bear much as they dominated with ball possession.
Highlands Park winger Garcia thought he scored after beating Sibusiso Khumalo only for his shot to go wide off the post. Chiefs stumbled in the 55th minutes as they failed to put the ball in the back of the net with Lucas Twala missing and Sibusiso Khumalo final shot going off the target.
Lucas Twala had the best chance in the 62nd minutes when he got a golden opportunity to score but his header was off target after receiving a cross from Mphahlele.
Three minutes later Chiefs got a penalty when Lennon fouled Twala, for the referee to point it to the spot and George Lebese made no mistake as he put Amakhosi in the lead.
The Lions of the North searched for an early equalizer and should have had a shot in the 66th minutes but their chance were ruined by the Kaizer Chiefs defense.
Simphiwe Tshabalala came in for George Lebese in the 72nd minute as Steve was searching for more opportunities and creativity in the park.
Chiefs made another change just after two minute later when they sent in Bernard Parker upfront for Lucas Twala for their final change of the match.
Lennon should have made up for his foul on Twala after receiving a cross from a set piece and shot straight into Khune’s hands. George Maluleke thought he he scored when he fired a shot in the 84th minute, only to see his shot go up the sky.
Lennon was very luck when he didn’t receive his matching order from the referee after fouling Ekstein in the dying minutes of the game. Itumeleng Khune pulled a match winning save when he saved a free kick after he was ruled to have catches the ball outside the goal line.