Chiefs stay unbeaten
Amakhosi top PSL after 10-match streak
SuperSport United (1) 1
Kermit Erasmus (32)
Kaizer Chiefs (1) 2
Lehlohonolo Majoro (21, 65)
And there was one! The battle of the undefeated teams ended with Kaizer Chiefs remaining the kings for now.
After 10 matches, Chiefs are not only at the summit of the Absa Premiership log but are the only unbeaten side so far this season.
They stretched their lead to four points ahead of second-placed Orlando Pirates.
United’s coach Gavin Hunt would feel hard done by the end result as his side did enough to salvage at least a point from this match but it was not to be as Amakhosi hung on to their slender lead at the end to collect their second successive win.
United targeted Keegan Ritchie’s side of the pitch as their path to glory and it proved to be the way to go later in the game when Sibusiso Zuma’s pass found an unmarked Erasmus, who beat Itumeleng Khune easily.
The second half saw Zuma, who was a constant menace to the Chiefs left back by drifting inside, giving Ritchie some breathing space.
In the seventh minute, the hosts found an opening when Zuma showed Ritchie a clean pair of heels.
It resulted in the Chiefs defender giving away a needless free kick on the edge of the box.
It was clear from this moment what United’s intentions were as most of their attacks were launched on this side with Zuma the main catalyst.
He deservedly got a resounding ovation when he left the field in the 74th minute – Chiefs supporters were relieved to see his back.
The heavy thunderstorm that pelted down just before kick-off did not dampen the spirits on the stands as supporters were thrilled and entertained throughout this encounter.
United were first to settle down as they took the game to Chiefs who seemed to be disjointed in the middle of the park as they struggled to put passes together.
However, they were the first to register their name on the scoresheet when their form striker Lehlohonolo Majoro tapped in Siphiwe Tshabalala’s cross in the 21st minute.
With the rain subsiding in the second half Chiefs stepped up a gear, particularly after the introduction of George Lebese, who came on for Josta Dladla in the 59th minute.
But they were ahead again in the 65th minute when Majoro showed his predatory instincts again
when he met Eric Mathoho’s long-range pass.
Majoro’s replacement Kingston Nkhatha failed to put the final nail in the coffin, though, when he missed a rebound from Bernard Parker’s ball that came off the upright.
But it did not matter as Chiefs still collected the three points.
» Other PSL results:
Moroka Swallows 1, Chippa United 1; University of Pretoria 1, Mamelodi Sundowns 1; Platinum Stars 2, Bidvest Wits 1; Golden Arrows 0, Maritzburg United 1; Orlando Pirates 1, Free State Stars 0