Khama Billiat of Kaizer Chiefs tackled by Jean Munganga of Black Leopards during the Absa Premiership 2018/19 match between Kaizer Chiefs and Black Leopards at the FNB Stadium, Johannesburg on 07 November 2018 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix
Wednesday Nov 07, 2018. 21:28
Willard Katsande scored the only goal of the game as Kaizer Chiefs returned to winning ways in the Absa Premiership with a 1-0 victory over Black Leopards at the FNB Stadium in Soweto on Wednesday evening.
The win moves Amakhosi up to fourth place on the log standings while Lidoda Duvha remain in 12th and a mere two points above the relegation zone.
Both goalkeepers were called into early action with Itumeleng Khune up to the task to deny Mwape Musonda in the seventh minute, after the forward had broke the offside trap.
King Ndlovu then showcased his credentials with a good save to keep out Dumisani Zuma who was quickest to pounce on a loose ball inside the area. The Leopards shot-stopper, though, was off his line in a flash to keep out the Amakhosi attacker.
Khama Billiat then curled a shot inches wide before fellow Zimbabwe international Katsande opened the scoring in the 41st minute.
The midfielder was well positioned to latch onto Ramahlwe Mphahlele's flick on from a corner-kick to give Chiefs a narrow lead at the interval.
Both teams had their chances in the second-half with Khune especially impressive to deny Eden Nene the leveller in the 75th minute. The Bafana Bafana goal minder stood tall to keep out the Leopards' midfielder from point-blank range following a scramble in the penalty area.
Lidoda Duvha pushed forward in the final minutes of regulation time and had a late chance to level matters from a Marks Munyai free-kick, but again Khune was up to the task as Chiefs duly sealed all three points.
Kaizer Chiefs (1) 1 (Katsande 41')
Black Leopards (0) 0
Kaizer Chiefs: Khune; Walusimbi, Hadebe, Booysen, Mphahlele, Katsande, Zulu (Cardoso 90+1'), Andrianarimanana (Maluleka 80'), Zuma (Jayiya 64'), Billiat, Castro.
Black Leopards: K.Ndlovu; Munyai, Katjiukua, Munganga, Zulu, Khutlang (Tshepe 47'), Nene, Nange (T.Ndlovu 83'), Hlongwane (Mhlongo 67'), Musonda, Kapinga.