Absa Premiership

Chiefs remain in pole position

2014-08-30 22:25
Mandla Masango (Gallo Images)

Johannesburg - Kaizer Chiefs have made their best start to a PSL season since 1996 as Mandla Masango and Kingston Nkhatha guided the Soweto giants to a 2-0 win over SuperSport United at FNB Stadium on Saturday evening.

As it happened: Kaizer Chiefs v SuperSport United

Kaizer Chiefs made their best start to a Premiership season since 1996 as Mandla Masango and Kingston Nkhatha guided the Soweto giants to a 2-0 win over SuperSport United at FNB Stadium on Saturday evening.

Masango scored his third league goal of the season and his fifth in eight appearances, before Nkhatha made sure of the three points when he slotted home to get his tally up-and-running for the 2014/15 season.

A difficult week for United, one in which they got rid of their coach, Cavin Johnson, the result did little to ease tensions as the Pretoria outfit headed into the game coachless and in desperate need of a win after three losses from their four opening league fixtures.

A tense derby-like feel to the opening half-hour saw few chances as neither side gained any advantage going forward.

Chiefs were made to wait until a minute before the break to have their first promising chance at goal.

George Maluleka's accurate effort drew a fine save from goalkeeper Ronwen Williams, who palmed away his former teammate's snapshot.

The lack of chances continued in the second 45 but Chiefs looked more likely to make something happen.

A quiet opening half made way for a more lively exchange for Williams after the interval, as Masango, Nkhatha and Maluleka kept the shot-stopper busy with regular assaults on his goal-box.

The table-toppers showed their worth and eventually broke the deadlock in the 64th minute as Masango rounded off a move he had started.

Masango picked up a loose ball outside the area, before weaving past a defender and laid off a pass to Reneilwe Letsholonyane, who touched it straight back to Masango, who curled his shot into the far corner.

The goal gave Chiefs the freedom to go in search of a second and before long Nkhatha netted his first of the season.

Letsholonyane dragged a shot wide, which bounced awkwardly for the SuperSport defence, while Nkhatha waited at the far post. The striker went unnoticed and simply tapped home to put the hosts in the driver's seat with 20 minutes to play.

A late chance for Maluleka almost resulted in a third for Chiefs, the post denying the in-form midfielder a superb chipped effort which struck the crossbar and narrowly stayed out.


What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Friday, 15 December 2017
Cape Town City FC v AmaZulu FC, Cape Town Stadium 20:00
Saturday, 16 December 2017
Mamelodi Sundowns v Bloemfontein Celtic, Loftus Versfeld Stadium 15:30
Chippa United v Polokwane City, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium 15:30
Free State Stars v Orlando Pirates, Goble Park 18:00
Wits v Platinum Stars, Bidvest Stadium 20:15
Kaizer Chiefs v Ajax Cape Town, Moses Mabhida Stadium 20:15
Sunday, 17 December 2017
Baroka FC v SuperSport United, Peter Mokaba Stadium 15:30
Golden Arrows v Maritzburg United, Princess Magogo Stadium 15:30
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team

Do you think SAFA made the right choice in appointing Stuart Baxter as head coach of Bafana Bafana?

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.