MATCH CENTRE

SAT 11 FEBRUARY 2017, 20:15, HARRY GWALA STADIUM

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Katsande, Tshabalala take Chiefs to victory

by Staff Reporter

Sat February 11, 22:14

Second-half goals from Willard Katsande and Siphiwe Tshabalala took Kaizer Chiefs to a 2-1 win over Maritzburg United at Harry Gwala Stadium on Saturday night.

The result sees the Amakhosi move to second place on the Absa Premiership log, while the Team of Choice – whose goal was scored by Mohau Mokate – remain in eighth place.

The start of the match was delayed by 30 minutes due to inclement weather, and when it did get underway the players were soon soaked by a cloudburst.

Despite the less-than-ideal conditions, there was no shortage of quality attacking football from both teams, who seemed determined to put on a good show for the capacity crowd in Pietermaritzburg.

Chiefs created the better chances – with Joseph Malongoane and Ramahlwe Mphahlele guilty of missing out on clear scoring opportunities – but Maritzburg stretched their opposing goalkeeper to a greater degree.

Itumeleng Khune was forced to make a few notable saves in the first half, the best of which saw him punch away a curling shot from Kwanda Mngonyama which looked destined for the back of the net in the 19th minute.

The first half finished goalless, but it took only five minutes of the second stanza for the deadlock to be broken. George Maluleka provided a fine delivery from a set piece which found Willard Katsande at the back post – the midfielder scored with a stooping header to put the Amakhosi 1-0 up.

Maritzburg fought back to level the game at 1-1 in the 73rd minute. Siphesihle Ndlovu teed up Mohau Mokate, who showed great composure and technique to score past Itumeleng Khune’s right hand with a shot which had very little back-lift.

However, Chiefs reclaimed the lead with 10 minutes of regulation time remaining. A sweeping movement was wrapped up by Mphahlele providing a cut-back from the right by-line and Siphiwe Tshabalala easily steered home a shot to make it 2-1.

Maritzburg created one great chance to equalise in injury time, with Mngonyama’s cross from the right picking out Brian Onyango, but the defender put his headed effort wide of the mark.

Maritzburg United (0) 1 (Mokate 73’)
Kaizer Chiefs (0) 2 (Katsande 50’, Tshabalala 80’)

Maritzburg: Mpandle, Onyango, Shandu (Saal 88’), Shabalala, Weidlich, Mekoa (van Wyk 70’), Ndlovu, Mngomyama, Maboe, Mokate, Rusike (Moon 57’)

Chiefs: Khune, Mphalele, Gordinho, Mathoho, Khumalo, Katsande, Maluleka, Molangoane (Twala 66’), Tshabalala, Chirambadare (Paez 61’), Parker

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH HARRY GWALA STADIUM
MARITZBURG UTD. GOALS KAIZER CHIEFS GOALS
22. Mohau Mokate (73') 31. Willard Katsande (50')
14. Siphiwe Tshabalala (80')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
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MARITZBURG UTD. STARTING LINEUP KAIZER CHIEFS STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
0
Goalkeeper
32
Defender
40'
2
Defender
83'
3
Defender
0
26
Midfielder
88'
26
2
Midfielder
0
Defender
3
Midfielder
49'
70'
28
Midfielder
61'
11
Midfielder
41'
45
Midfielder
12
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
80'
14
Midfielder
73'
22
Midfielder
50'
31
Midfielder
0
Forward/Striker
25
Forward/Striker
57'
19
Forward/Striker
66'
23
SUBSTITUTIONS
Bryce Moon
Defender
57'
0
Gustavo Paez
Forward/Striker
61'
28
Sheldon Van Wyk
Midfielder
70'
12
William Thwala
Midfielder
66'
7
Devon Saal
Midfielder
88'
0
CARDS
Brian Onyango
Defender
40'
2
Erick Mathoho
Defender
83'
3
Kwanda Mngonyama
Midfielder
41'
45
Deolin Mekoa
Midfielder
49'
28
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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