Siphiwe Tshabalala struck 10 minutes from full time as Kaizer Chiefs continued their upward curve with a 2-1 Premiership win over Maritzburg United at the Harry Gwala Stadium on Saturday night.
- Maritzburg United 1 Kaizer Chiefs 2
- Katsande opens score after Mpandle misjudgement
- Mokate levels with clever finish
- Maboe tests Khune
- Tshabalala wins it with tap it
After a tight first half, Willard Katsande capitalised on an error of judgement from Bongani Mpandle to head in from George Maluleka’s free-kick after 50 minutes.
But the Team of Choice levelled in the 72nd minute as Mohau Mokate squeezed the ball in from an angle, before Tshabalala was on the end of a flowing move to win the game for Chiefs in the 80th minute.
Edmore Chirambadare shot wide early on as the Soweto giants began well. They continued to dominate and Joseph Molongoane should have done better than shoot straight at Mpandle after he was teed up by Bernard Parker in the 14th minute.
United hit back with a chance of their own when Mokate calmly held off his marker and forced Itumeleng Khune to turn the ball wide with a diving stop to his right. The chances continued to come and Ramahlwe Mphahlele then headed a Tshabalala corner inches wide.
This was followed by Khune being drawn into another diving stop from Kwanda Mngonyama’s shot. Yet, it was goalless at the break, but five minutes after the restart the visitors were ahead. The goal came through a set-piece as George Maluleka’s floated ball from the left was completely misjudged by Mpandle at the far post, where an unmarked Katsande was lurking and fully capitalised.
United could have replied within seconds of the restart, but Bandile Shandu saw his weighted shot deflected centimetres over. But Mokate did level with 18 minutes to play when he fired into the far corner after a smart short pass from Lebohang Maboe from inside the box.