Absa Premiership

Chiefs down AmaZulu to go top of PSL standings

2019-09-24 17:32
Khama Billiat
Khama Billiat (Gallo Images)

Durban - Colombian Leonardo Castro and Zimbabwean Khama Billiat scored late goals as Kaizer Chiefs beat AmaZulu 2-0 on Tuesday to regain the Absa Premiership leadership.

Chiefs and Polokwane City have 13 points and plus-four goal differences after six rounds with the Soweto club occupying first place because they have scored three goals more.

Bottom-of-the-table AmaZulu had two goals ruled offside before a capacity 10 000 public holiday crowd in Durban before Chiefs took the lead on 84 minutes.

A Bernard Parker free-kick rebounded off the woodwork to substitute Castro, who controlled the ball expertly under pressure and poked it into the net.

It was the first goal this season for the South American and Billiat also notched his first by racing clear and firing past goalkeeper Siyabonga Mbatha three minutes into stoppage time.

Chiefs have won 53 domestic trophies since being formed in 1970, but none in the past four seasons.

They welcomed back goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune after a long injury absence and the South African international pulled off several superb saves when the match was goalless.

AmaZulu sacked coach Cavin Johnson last week after securing only two points from a possible 15 since the season kicked off and the Chiefs match marked the debut of Slovak Jozef Vukusic.

Vukusic exceeded expectations with Polokwane last season by guiding them to fifth - their highest Absa Premiership placing.

Teams:

AmaZulu

Mbatha, Sikhakhane, M.Gumede, Xoki, T.Gumede, Darpoh, Sithebe, Morton, Maduna, Karuru, Ntuli.

Substitutes: Boshoff, Khumalo, Magaqa, Vilakazi, Ncube, Ncobeni, Chawapihwa.

Chiefs

Khune, Sasman, Mathoho, Cardoso, Frosler, Maluleka, Manyama, Parker, Baccus, Billiat, Nurkovic

Substitutes: Akpeyi, Katsande, Ngezana, Castro, Zuma, Ntiya-Ntiya, Kambole

- TeamTalk

 

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Fixtures
Tuesday, 26 November 2019
Mamelodi Sundowns v AmaZulu, Loftus Versfeld Stadium 19:30
Highlands Park v Wits, Makhulong Stadium 19:30
Orlando Pirates v Polokwane City, Orlando Stadium 19:30
Wednesday, 27 November 2019
Stellenbosch v Kaizer Chiefs, Cape Town Stadium 19:30
Bloemfontein Celtic v Cape Town City, Dr Molemela Stadium 19:30
Maritzburg United v SuperSport United, Harry Gwala Stadium 19:30
Chippa United v Black Leopards, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium 19:30
Baroka FC v Golden Arrows, Peter Mokaba Stadium 19:30
Saturday, 30 November 2019
Polokwane City v Bloemfontein Celtic, Old Peter Mokaba Stadium 15:30
Cape Town City v Highlands Park, Cape Town Stadium 18:00
Black Leopards v Golden Arrows, Thohoyandou Stadium 18:00
SuperSport United v Stellenbosch, Lucas Moripe Stadium 20:15
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