Chiefs at the top

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A first-half header from Lorenzo Gordinho handed Kaizer Chiefs their fifth con­sec­u­tive Absa Premier­ship win when they over­came High­lands Park at Moses Mab­hida Sta­dium in Dur­ban last night.

The vic­tory for the Soweto gi­ants el­e­vated them to the top of the log ta­ble with 33 points from 18 league matches so far.

Cape Town City failed to leapfrog over Amakhosi as they were held to a 2-all draw by Or­lando Pi­rates in an en­ter­tain­ing match at the Cape Town Sta­dium later last night.

Pi­rates scored in the first half, and City scored their two goals in the sec­ond stanza – the sec­ond in the 86th minute – but Pi­rates pulled level deep into in­jury time.

Amakhosi dic­tated terms in the first 10 min­utes of their match as they moved for­ward, but goal­keeper Ta­puwa Kap­ini was alert and col­lected a long-range ef­fort from Lucky Baloyi.

A minute later, a scram­ble in the box saw Bernard Parker’s close-range ef­fort go­ing wide af­ter a clever back heel move by Siphiwe Tsha­bal­ala.

In the 16th minute, Peter Shalulile’s ac­ro­batic ef­fort also went wide as he tried to beat Chiefs’ keeper Itume­leng Khune.

Al­though they spent more time in the Lions of the North’s half, Steve Kom­phela’s men failed to hit the tar­get as Joseph Molan­goane’s shot went wide in the 34th minute.

How­ever, five min­utes later, Gordinho broke the dead­lock with a fine header when he re­ceived a flick-on from Ramahlwe Mphahlele from Tsha­bal­ala’s corner kick.

Gor­don Ige­sund’s charges fought back in the 66th minute when sub­sti­tute Khethukuthula Zwane un­leashed a pow­er­ful shot, which Khune punched back into ac­tion and his de­fence cleared the dan­ger.

With 12 min­utes to go, Amakhosi con­tin­ued to search for their sec­ond goal and Baloyi was de­nied twice by the High­lands de­fence, manned by Za­mux­olo Ngalo, af­ter a bril­liant pass from the right flank from Mphahlele.

The vis­i­tors com­bined in Chiefs’ half in the last two min­utes when Sur­prise Moriri laid the ball on for Ed­win Si­tay­i­tayi, whose dis­ap­point­ing fi­nal at­tempt hit the side of the net.

In the end, Amakhosi ab­sorbed the pres­sure and won, leav­ing the Premier Soccer League new­com­ers sit­ting at num­ber 15 with 14 points from 18 rounds of league matches.

– Backpage TXT Other re­sults:

Golden Ar­rows 0-1 Free State Stars; Polok­wane City 1-1 Ajax Cape Town

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