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Free State Stars (0) 0 Kaizer Chiefs (0) 1 KAIZER Chiefs continued from where they left off last season solid, measured and with just a dose of style when required to see off Free State Stars in tough conditions.
Amakhosi could have scored more goals. Stuart Baxter’s sides endeavour was only once rewarded with a finish, when George Lebese stabbed in the 57th minute.
Stars’ new Belgian coach Tom Saintfiet’s first official match in charge was a tough one.
But Amakhosi, last season’s league runners-up after at one stage holding a 13-point lead, were determined to dominate and get 2014-15 off to a winning start.
Stars put up their normal stiff fight on home-ground but Chiefs were their competitive selves to tough out their first three points of the season.
Amakhosi’s midfield trio of Willard Katsande, Reneilwe Letsholonyane and George Maluleka worked hard to win possession, stifle their Stars counterparts, and probe for openings whenever they could.
The adverse conditions demanded Chiefs to do their precision well.
For the most part Amakhosi managed to carve out an advantage,