Durban - Kaizer Chiefs were crowned 2014 MTN8 champions after Tefu
Mashamaite's first-half header helped them clinch a deserved 1-0 victory
over Orlando Pirates in the final at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in
Durban on Saturday night.
As it happened: Kaizer Chiefs v Orlando Pirates
The goal came after 28 minutes when the
defender met a George Maluleka free-kick from the left as Amakhosi
continued their impressive start to 2014/15 that has now seen them win a
10th match in succession.
It was also the 15th time they won the
top eight trophy and allowed them to make up for the disappointment of a
trophyless past campaign.
And they were full value for their win.
Stuart Baxter's men started out stronger and had two half chances just after the 10-minute mark.
first fell to Mandla Masango in the centre of the box after Tsepo
Masilela crossed from the left, but Issa Sarr did enough to block the
shot and allow Senzo Meyiwa to easily gather.
goalkeeper then had another effort to deal with, a header from the
marauding Siboniso Gaxa down the right that was comfortably gathered.
continued to threaten at that stage as Masango tried his luck from
distance - the ball drifting woefully wide - whilst Kingston Nkhatha
headed a good chance over the crossbar after another left-side cross by
However, the best chance of the lot came the way of
Pirates midway through the half when Kermit Erasmus escaped down the
right and squared to Oupa Manyisa, whose point-blank effort was too
close to the Brilliant Khuzwayo allowing the Chiefs stand-in keeper to
make an acrobatic save.
And as soon as play returned to the other end of the field, it was the men in gold and black hat hit the lead.
was sliced down by Sifiso Myeni, a tackle that forced referee Victor
Hlungwani to go to his pocket for the first yellow card, and the
resulting George Maluleka was headed in almost in slow motion by
Pirates failed to conjure up a response before the break and it remained 1-0 in favour of Baxter's men.
straight after the turnaround, the Bucs could have had a reply through
Erasmus only to be denied by a flying Khuzwayo - the young custodian
throwing himself to the left to keep out a low shot by the striker.
Before that Sifiso Myeni wastefully shot over, while Maluleka was denied by a last-ditch Thabo Matlaba tackle for Chiefs.
Chances dried up for the next 20 minutes, before Pirates realised that the clock was ticking.
then began to turn the screw as replacement Lehlohonolo Majoro was
picked out on the left by a raking Siyabonga Sangweni ball, which the
latter expertly controlled and shot, only to be denied by Khuzwayo once
Majoro, the former Chiefs man, shot centimetres wide soon
after, with Erasmus forcing another good save out of the keeper in the
dying minutes as the Amakhosi held on.Starting XIs:
Khuzwayo, Gaxa, Mashamaite, Mathoho, Masilela, Katsande, Letsholonyane, Lebese, Maluleka, Masango, Nkhatha.
Meyiwa, Sangweni, Gcaba, Jele, Matlaba, Sarr, Ntshumayelo, Myeni, Klate, Manyisa, Erasmus.