A second-half goal from Bernard Parker guided Kaizer Chiefs to a 1-0 victory over Maritzburg United on Sunday night.
Result: Maritzburg United 0-1 Kaizer Chiefs
Date: 21 November 2021
Venue: Harry Gwala Stadium
Ramahlwe Mphahlele and Reeve Frosler came into the Chiefs side in place of Sibusiso Mabiliso and Njabulo Blom, while Richard Zuma and Keegan Ritchie were recalled to the Maritzburg side.
Chiefs were taking the game to their opponents in the opening exchanges and should have taken the lead after two minutes when Billiat's corner from the left was wastefully headed over by an unchallenged Njabulo Ngcobo from point-blank range.
The Team of Choice gradually clawed their way back into the contest and responded when Keegan Ritchie cut onto his left from the right-hand side and put the ball on a plate for Bongokuhle Hlongwane with the cross but the Bafana Bafana striker glanced across the face of goal and out for a corner kick.
It was a game of little goal-mouth action with the match largely being contested in midfield.
Hlongwane was making things happen and in the 36th minute ran at the Chiefs defence before unleashing a powerful effort which went over the crossbar.
Kaizer Chiefs’ Keagan Dolly and Khama Billiat were included in Junior Khanye’s PSL XI:
Amakhosi began to take control of the game in the second half and started to dominate possession more and more.
The Amakhosi were showing patience and composure as they probed for an opening in the final third. However, they took the lead via a set-piece. Keagan Dolly took the corner short to Billiat, who put it in the box for an unmarked Parker, who headed home after the Maritzburg defence had pushed out.
The goal sparked Maritzburg into action and they began to throw numbers forward in search of an equaliser. Rowan Human came off the bench for the Team of Choice and looked to make an impact when he shot from an angle on the right but it went wide.
But in the end, Chiefs comfortably saw out the match to claim their fifth win of the season and move three points clear of Orlando Pirates in the DStv Premiership standings.
Here's how they started:
Maritzburg: 31. Engelhardt, 4. Allie, 27. Ndengane, 16. Ritchie, 13. Zumah, 15. Ntshangase, 8. Kewuti, 17. Claasen, 6. Graham, 21. B. Hlongwane, 11. Soukouna.
Subs: 1. Petersen, 22. Theron, 7. L. Hlongwane, 5. Daniels, 19. Skelem, 24. Bhengu, 10. Human.
Chiefs: 43. Akpeyi, 39. Frosler, 27. Njabulo Ngcobo, 3. Mathoho, 4. Cardoso, 2. Mphahlele, 17. Alexander, 24. Nange, 25. Parker, 10. Dolly, 11. Billiat.
Subs: 1. Petersen, 5. Agay, 14. Sekgota, 29. Dube, 12. Nkosingiphile Ngcobo, 33. Radebe, 19. Mashiane, 9. Castro, 7. Kambole.