Chiefs back on top

2013-02-16 22:22

Johannesburg - Two goals in seven minutes helped Kaizer Chiefs come from behind to beat Free State Stars 2-1 in their Premiership match at FNB Stadium on Saturday.

The win moves Chiefs back to the top of the table on 39 points from their 18 matches, two ahead of Orlando Pirates who have played one game less.

Going the break goalless, the game sparked into life in the 50th minute as the visitors took the lead through a wonder strike from Fikru Lemessa.

Chiefs had controlled much of the game up until that point, and the goal seemingly knocked the wind out of the pacey Amakhosi lineup.

The reply from the Soweto side took 26 minutes. Reneilwe Letsholonyane drew the scores level with a high-class header from in the box to ignite the home crowd.

Chiefs immediately took control of the game and when they were awarded a free-kick in a dangerous position just outside the box, Bernard Parker only had the winning goal on his mind. Parker stepped up and deposited the ball into the corner of the net, to wrestle the win and all three points for Chiefs.

Stars with the loss remain on 28 points in fourth spot on the log.

Earlier, in the third minute, a Parker free kick from outside the box hit the wall and the rebound fell to Siphiwe Tshabalala. The midfielder's cross founud Tefu Mashamaite, but he was in an offside position.

Six minutes later, Erick Mathoho went for a shot from range but scuffed his effort.

Luyolo Nomandela for the visitors made a strong run down the left on the quarter hour mark, and made his way past two Chiefs defenders, but his cross could not find a teammate.

Tsepo Masilela went for goal from inside the area but his shot was wide in the 20th minute.

Stars had a sharp attack snuffed out in the 21st minute through the sharp reactions of Itumeleng Khune. Dove Wome ran after a ball behind the Chiefs defence, but Khune saw the threat and reacted quickly to come off his mark, and dive on the ball before the Stars player arrived.

In the 23rd minute it was the turn of Mathoho to have a dip at goal.

His powerful shot from range, however, found the safe hands of Kennedy Mweene in the Stars goal.

Nomandela was involved again for Stars in the 25th minute. Nomandela with space on the left made his way into the Chiefs box, but failed to challenge Khune as his shot was pulled wide of target.

Two minutes later, a ball floated into the Stars box, and Kingston Nkatha had a deft touch on the ball but could only watch as the ball sailed inches over the crossbar.

In the 42nd minute, a well-executed free kick from Tshabalala found the head of Nkatha but his header was marginally over target.

On the stroke of half-time, a Tshabalala corner allowed Mashamaite a header from an unmarked position at close range but the shot was just over the crossbar.

Lemessa - against the run of play - produced a moment of brilliance to stun the dominant Chiefs outfit in the 50th minute. Lemessa from just outside the box took a touch, swiveled and in acrobatic fashion deposited the ball into the top corner of the net which had ace Chiefs goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune reduced to spectator.

The goal in the 76th minute from Letsholonyane, came after a Chiefs free-kick had initially been blocked, but Tshabalala followed-up and crossed for his teammate to help level the scores.

The 83rd minute free kick from Parker found the back of the net to seal a valuable win for the hosts.


  • mulis.muli - 2013-02-16 22:38

    be the best that u can b,take yr position

      morakasimon.letswalo.9 - 2013-02-16 22:57

      khosi rised 4rm asshes

      caswell.mnisi.9 - 2013-02-16 23:26

      Rise Khosi Rise

      Luckzenmore - 2013-02-17 01:39

      well done naturena boys,keep on making us proud

  • - 2013-02-16 22:45

    Hauweeeeeeng Makhosi

  • mthokozisi.ntilini - 2013-02-16 23:06

    Congra Amakhosi, but it seemz to me that there is alot to be done in Amakhosi side. Further-more, Kaizer chiefs head coash must give chance Stemiso Ngcobo

      og.maways - 2013-02-17 09:59

      yes yes yes

  • harry.moutlwane - 2013-02-16 23:11

    rise khosi rise L baloi gv hm a chance

  • James - 2013-02-16 23:20

    welldone Amakhosi! You deserve to stay on top untill the end of the season! Keep it up!!

  • calvin.mbhele - 2013-02-16 23:25

    We run this wothertucker!!! We are Chiefs, Pierats 2days of Glory are over.

  • mpho.c.moreki - 2013-02-16 23:39

    I almost got excited

  • eric.f.moloi - 2013-02-17 02:31

    Shapa khosi

      motlatla.papiki - 2013-02-17 08:32

      chiefs play much more but somethin wrong in defender pls coach watch

  • Mpho Giftoneous - 2013-02-17 08:50

    i don't see Chiefs crowned champions

      nhlapop - 2013-02-17 09:27

      Please sit down. You talk too much like Lindiwe Mazibuko.

      cnako.faxi - 2013-02-17 09:42

      Mpa, chiefs wil b crownd, cm May

      sam.flathela - 2013-02-17 10:15

      You being delusional and naïve keep on consoling yourself

  • valashiya - 2013-02-17 09:20

    Back on TOP nye nye nye nye

  • Rhulani - 2013-02-17 09:30

    Awu ku yini tolo, a game on hand does not guarantee you points

  • sicelo.brukwe.9 - 2013-02-17 10:15

    Champions are being crowned on merit and I don't see Chefs achieving that with the crap of football they play in nawadays. Siphethe uChisanyama so sizonqoba, Bucs for Life!!

      Sydney Mkansi - 2013-02-18 06:27

      parker is the best on free kicks he just remind me of is still far to decide who will be psl champions,any teams got chance for league title.e.g Sundowns,platinum stars and u can mension more

  • @Tk.com_liberal - 2013-02-17 10:19

    Rise khosi rise. Love n Peace :)

  • sam.flathela - 2013-02-17 10:29

    Amakhosi will be champions come the end of the season rise khosi rise

  • lenox.ntlantsana - 2013-02-17 10:59

    It was just a matter of time before we climb back up!

  • snet.mbangata - 2013-02-17 11:05

    Well deserve win by amakhosi bt I thnk thy should hv done bttr.KC hs got many players on da national team...its tym to shw da psl teams tat thy r da bst#by wining games if thy wnt to take da title

  • john.botges - 2013-02-17 11:18

    I didn't know that the Waikato Chiefs had played a game yet in the Super Rugby

  • bonganitr - 2013-02-17 12:14

    WE arevry hpy abt the result keep on wining we are suptng u boyS

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