Polokwane - Kaizer Chiefs have moved 10 points clear at the top of the Premiership
standings after seeing off AmaZulu 1-0 on Thursday, despite playing the
final few minutes with 10 men.
As it happened: Kaizer Chiefs v AmaZulu
Bernard Parker bagged the decisive goal for Amakhosi, who extended their lead over second-placed Mamelodi Sundowns, although the night ended on a sour note for the hosts, who saw goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune sent off on 83 minutes.
The Glamour Boys bossed the opening exchanges but we largely limited to deep balls into the area, although with 17 minutes gone the pressure took its toll, Siphiwe Tshabalala doing well to thread the ball through to Parker, who smartly hammered home.
Stuart Baxter's men almost doubled their lead a few moments later as George Lebese unleashed a blistering effort, but the forward was cruelly denied by the woodwork.
Usuthu weren't without their chances, though, and Thabiso Dlamini came close to drawing the sides level with a fierce attempt, but Khune was equal to the challenge and maybe a decent save.
Marc Van Heerden looked to get the visitors back in after the break but was unable to keep his shot on target, while Reneilwe Letsholonyane was equally guilty of wastefulness at the other end after firing wide.
Both sides seemed to lack creativity in the closing stages, although Mbulelo Mabizela was able to get a shot on target, but not one that was going to trouble South Africa international Khune.
A routine outing for the keeper turned to disaster in the final seven minutes as he first picked up a yellow card for time wasting before he was sent down the tunnel for an early shower after again being booked seconds later, this time for dissent.
That meant Reyaad Pieterse would come on, for Lebese, for the final few minutes, although the keeper was able to see out the clean sheet, much to the relief of Baxter and his technical team.
Kaizer Chiefs (1) 1 (Parker 18’)
Kaizer Chiefs: Khune, Gaxa, Mathoho, Mashamaite, Masilela, Letsholonyane, Katsande, Parker, Tshabalala (Masango 60’), Lebese (Pieterse 86’), Mphela (Rusike 65’)
AmaZulu: Murambadoro, Hlanti (Liphoko 75’), Mabizela, Ouro-Akoriko, Van Heerden, Johannes, Arwuah, T. Dlamini (Langwe 50’), Nyongo, Mwape (A. Dlamini 46’), Ndulula