Late drama as Chiefs beat SuperSport
William Twala scored a late winner for Kaizer Chiefs in a 2-1 Absa Premiership win over SuperSport United at Cape Town Stadium on Saturday evening.
Jeremy Brockie looked to have earned Matsatsantsa a point after George Maluleka’s opener, but Twala had the final say. A fourth successive win closes the gap between the Amakhosi and log leaders Mamelodi Sundowns to eight points.
SuperSport have improved drastically come set-piece time since Stuart Baxter’s arrival, and the capital side looked to beat Chiefs at their own game.
After the hosts failed to clear their lines from a corner-kick, Camaldine Abraw did well to block Jeremy Brockie’s powerful shot from close range in the 12th minute.
Clayton Daniels is a real force in the air and was clearly frustrated after he failed to capitalise on a golden opportunity a minute later. Having lost his marker, the Matsatsantsa centre-back failed to hit the target with his header attempt.
Defenders for either side were finding themselves in promising positions in the early exchanges and after creating space for himself in the area, Eric Mathoho, failed to hit the target with his snap shot on 17 minutes.
Maluleka had the best chance of the first-half, but having turned Micheal Boxall inside out, the Chiefs midfielder could only manage to find the outside of the post with his resulting shot.
The former SuperSport ace felt further aggrieved five minutes into the second stanza following an incident in the area: Sibusiso Khumalo looked to have fouled Maluleka, but the referee waved away his claims.
Lorenzo Gordinho made an excellent interception to deny Thuso Phala the opener on 61 minutes. Khumalo’s cutback found Phala and the winger looked sure to score, but Gordinho – who has arguably been the clubs best player this season – produced a timely intervention.
Maluleka finally got his goal on 73 minutes. Siphiwe Tshabalala beat the offside trap, kept his cool as he waited for reinforcement, before laying it on a platter for Maluleka who stabbed home from close range.
After Lucky Baloyi forced Ronwen Williams into a great save, SuperSport equalized through Brockie in the 84th minute. The New Zealand international was never going to miss after Tsepo Masilela clearance fell to the striker in the area.
Twala put the icing on a thrilling end to the game, firing past Williams after the visitors failed to deal with a long throw-in from Daniel Cardoso, with one minute of regulation time remaining.
Kaizer Chiefs (0) 2 (Maluleka 73′ Twala 89′)
SuperSport United (0) 1 (Brockie 84′)