Maluleka and Paez goals send Amakhosi into second place

Maluleka and Paez goals send Amakhosi into second place
Joseph Molangoane of Kaizer Chiefs and Sibusiso Mxoyana of Bloemfontein Celtic during the Absa Premiership 2016/17 game between Bloemfontein Celtic and Kaizer Chiefs at Dr Molemela Stadium, Bloemfontein on 12 April 2017 © Gerhard Steenkamp/BackpagePix

by Austin Ditlhobolo

Wednesday Apr 12, 2017. 21:40

Kaizer Chiefs beat Bloemfontein Celtic 2-0 in an Absa Premiership match at the Dr Molemela Stadium in Bloemfontein on Wednesday night.

As a result Amakhosi move to second spot on the league table, while Phunya Sele Sele move down to the 13th spot on the standings.

Phunya Sele Sele were under pressure in the opening stages of the encounter as Amakhosi searched for an early goal.

The visitors deservedly took lead in the 12th minute when Joseph Molangoane set up George Maluleka, who scored with a good finish to make it 1-0 to Chiefs.

The home side did put pressure Amakhosi in search of the equalizing goal, but they could not beat Itumeleng Khune in Chiefs goal.

The Amakhosi captain produced several good saves from Celtic's long range efforts to ensure that the first-half ended with Chiefs leading 1-0.

Lehlohonolo Seema, the Celtic coach, decided to make a change 10 minutes after the restart introducing Burundian striker Fiston Razak Abdul.

However, it was Chiefs' second-half substitute Gustavo Paez, who scored in the 68th minute to make it 2-0 to the visitors with the Celtic defence exposed.

Celtic winger Lyle Lakay forced Chiefs shot-stopper Khune into a good save in the 79th minute with an attempt from the left-hand side.

The visitors' defence contained Celtic in the remaining minutes of the game and Chiefs walked away 2-0 winners on the night.

Celtic (0) 0
Chiefs (1) 2 ( Maluleka 12', Paez 68')

Celtic: Tignyemb, Nyatama, Rikhotso (Mvula 82'), Ndengane, Lakay, Dube, Letlabika, Mxoyana, Hotto (Mahlasela 67') Phalane, Mabasa (Abdul 55').

Chiefs: Khune, Mphahlele, Gordonho, Mathoho, Masilela, Maluleka, Katsande, Molangoane (Twala 79'), Chirambadare (Paez 55'), Tshabalala, Parker (Ekstein 83')



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