Chiefs edge Chippa 1-0
by TINTSWALO BALOYI
NELSPRUIT, (CAJ News) – NEWLY transformed Kaizer Chiefs continue with their winning form when they beat Chippa United 1-0 in a tightly contested league match played at Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit on Saturday.
A solitary strike by substitute George Lebese five minutes before regulation time was all Amakhosi needed to jump from third position of the log standing to a credible joint pole position with Cape Town City.
Lebese rounded a Chippa defender before rifling a grounder that beat Daniel Akpeyi all systems out in goals for the visitors.
Both Chiefs and Cape Town City have amassed 45 points but separated with goal difference.
Presently the Absa premiership league pacesetters are Cape Town City with 45 points from 23 games, Chiefs are second with 45 points from 24 matches, Bidvest Wits are third with 44 points from 21 games, Mamelodi Sundowns positioned 4th with 38 points from 20 outings while 5th placed SuperSport United have amassed 37 from 22 games.
Lebese, who came in for prolific left footer Edmore Chirambadare was set up by another substitute William Twala to rifle home from close range.
Head coach Steve Komphela seem to have found the right rhythm with his starting line-up, the players, who are now producing fruitful results.
Recently, Komphela has been under immense pressure for failing to stir his side to the top of the log.
Khune, Mphahlele, Gordinho, Mathoho, Masilela (Ekstein 77′), Maluleka, Katsande, Molangoane (Twala 63′), Chirambadare (Lebese 46′), Tshabalala, Paez
Akpeyi, Shiba, Bergman, Chabalala, Mako, Sangweni, Zuke, Masuku, Sali (Bereng 31′), Mbenyane, L Manzini (Ncube 88′)
– CAJ News
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