MATCH CENTRE

SAT 19 DECEMBER 2015, 18:00, FNB STADIUM

2
VS
1

Chiefs take down league leaders

by BackPageTXT

Sat December 19, 20:22

Lorenzo Gordinho was the unlikely hero as Kaizer Chiefs defeated Bidvest Wits 2-1 in an Absa Premiership match at Cape Town Stadium on Saturday evening.

The young defender’s second-half goal – the first of his top flight career – proved to be the difference between the teams as the Amakhosi cut the gap between themselves and Wits to just five points, while also moving into third place on the log.

The defeat for the Clever Boys means they may not end 2015 at the summit of the standings: they will be leapfrogged by Mamelodi Sundowns if the Brazilians beat Orlando Pirates on Sunday.

After an evenly-matched opening quarter of an hour, Chiefs opened the scoring from the penalty spot. Midfielder Willard Katsande converted the penalty – doing what Siphiwe Tshabalala and Camaldine Abraw could not in midweek in the Telkom Knockout final – after the Togolese striker had been fouled in the box.

Yet the home side’s lead was relatively short-lived, with Wits equalising in the 33rd minute through a route-one goal which saw Moeneeb Josephs’ long ball catch out Chiefs’ defence and allow Daine Klate to easily lob goalkeeper Reyaad Pieterse to make it 1-1.

Chiefs suffered a further blow late in the half when forward Bernard Parker was forced off the pitch with a knee injury. George Maluleka came off the bench to replace him shortly before the interval.

The second half was as tightly-contested as the first, with both teams having only glimpses of the goal for the first 20 minutes or so. Wits then had a strong appeal for a penalty turned down by the referee after Siyabonga Nhlapo appeared to be tripped by Morgan Gould when trying to get onto Sibusiso Vilakazi’s through ball.

With 20 minutes to play the Clever Boys created the first clear scoring chance of the second half when Phakamani Mahlambi used his pace to get in behind the Chiefs defence and played a short pass for Vilakazi, whose shot to the near post was turned away by Pieterse.

With Wits looking set to take control of the game, they suddenly found themselves behind in the 73rd minute when Lorenzo Gordinho scored his first official goal for Chiefs. The young defender turned the ball home on the goal line after Moeneeb Josephs could only get his fingertips to a looping header from Gould at a corner kick.

That proved to be the decisive moment of the match, with Wits dominating the remainder of the game but unable to find a way past the home side’s resilient defence.

Kaizer Chiefs (1) 2 (Katsande 18’ pen, Gordinho 73’)
Bidvest Wits (1) 1 (Klate 33’)

Chiefs: Pieterse, Gaxa, Gould, Gordinho, Masilela, Katsande, Letsholonyane (Ekstein 76’), Tshabalala, Lebese (Baloyi 86’), Parker (Maluleka 44’), Abraw

Wits: Josephs, Allie, Mkhwanazi, Hlatshwayo, Bhasera, Nhlapo, Ntshangase, Shongwe (Sekese 89’), Klate (Kadi 80’), Vilakazi, Mahlambi (Lupeta 71’)

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MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH FNB STADIUM
KAIZER CHIEFS GOALS BIDVEST WITS GOALS
31. Willard Katsande (18') 7. Daine Klate (33')
26. Lorenzo Joao Gordinho (73')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
1 2
KAIZER CHIEFS STARTING LINEUP BIDVEST WITS STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
1
Goalkeeper
16
Defender
73'
26
Defender
88'
15
Defender
83
Defender
2
Defender
5
Defender
24
Defender
24
Midfielder
86'
17
Defender
20
Midfielder
76'
6
3
Midfielder
14
Midfielder
33'
80'
7
Midfielder
18'
21'
31
Midfielder
61'
89'
22
Forward/Striker
44'
25
Midfielder
71'
27
Forward/Striker
9
Midfielder
10
SUBSTITUTIONS
George Maluleka
Midfielder
44'
12
Joaquim Lupeta
Forward/Striker
71'
31
Reneilwe Letsholonyane
Midfielder
76'
6
Calvin Kadi
Forward/Striker
80'
25
Lucky Baloyi
Defender
86'
35
Paseka Sekese
Midfielder
89'
26
CARDS
Willard Katsande
Midfielder
21'
31
Jabulani Shongwe
Midfielder
61'
22
Buhle Mkhwanazi
Defender
88'
15
KEY
Goal
Penalty Missed
Yellow Card
Substitute IN
Own Goal
Penalty Shootout Goal
Yellow / Red Card
Substitute OUT
Penalty
Penalty Shootout Miss
Red Card
Injury
GALLERY
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