Chiefs Edge Past Impressive Aces
Result: Mpumalanga Black Aces 2-1 Kaizer Chiefs
Date: 13 August 2014
Venue: Mbombela Stadium
First half goals from Mandla Masango and Renielwe Letsholonyane secured a 2-1 win for Kaizer Chiefs over Mpumalanga Black Aces in a Absa Premiership clash the Mbombela Stadium.
The opening exchanges proved to be a lively affair, with both sides keen on attacking, making it an open game.
However, it was AmaKhosi who did the majority of the attacking with George Lebese and George Maluleka having a long range efforts.
The visistors were rewarded for their earlt dominance, as a mix up in the Aces box gifted the ball to Mandla Masango, who finished into an empty net.
The lead was almost doubled minutes later, as Kingston Nkhatha struck the woodwork with a thunderous effort from the edge of the area.
Aces, meanwhile, got off to slow start but got stronger as the game went on, most notably in the final 10 minutes of the half.
While former Chiefs man, Abia Nale, is proving to be the hosts best attacking outlet down the right flank.
However, the home side pulled level just before the halftime break thanks to a stunning volley from Aubrey Ngoma.
The half looked certain end all square until Letsholonyane popped up inside the area to rifle Chiefs into the lead from a tight angle.
Chiefs almost extended their lead minutes after the restart, as Tspeho Masilela's cross deflected onto the upright.
Mthembu should increased the advantage in the 71st minute, but the striker blasted over from inside the area.
Minutes later and Itumeleng Khune came to Chiefs' rescue as he pulled off a fine save double to save to deny Tendai Ndoro and Collins Mbesuma in quick succession.
George Maluleka should have made it three in the 77th minute, but the midfielder managed steer his header wide of the mark from point-blank range.
Khune was called into action once again, this time pulling off a brilliant save to keep out Abia Nale's low-driven effort, as Amakhosi held on for the win.
Here's how they line up:
Mpumalanga Black Aces: Murambadoro, Kobola, Da Costa, Tom, Ngalo, Zuke, Gyimah, Ngoma, Mbesuma, Nale, Ndoro
Kaizer Chiefs: Khune, Gaxa, Mashamaite, Mathoho, Masilela, Katsande, Letsholonyane, Lebese, Maluleka, Masango, Nkhatha