Pretoria - Kaizer Chiefs ended a five game Absa Premiership winless run
with a 2-1 victory over the University of Pretoria at Tuks Stadium on
The capital side took the lead early in the first half, but
Chiefs hit back with goals from Reneilwe Letsholonyane and Willard Katsande to
move up to third on the log standings.
With both Maritzburg United and Jomo Cosmos picking up
points, it remains very tight at the bottom of the league standings with two
points separating the three relegation contenders.
Chiefs, though, have been fighting their own battle and
registered a shot on target with 10 seconds on the clock. Siphiwe Tshabalala
forcing Tristyn Coetsee into a straightforward save.
For all their defensive frailties this season, AmaTuks have
been transformed in attack since Shaun Bartlett's arrival and took the lead on
Vuyisile Ntombayithethi pounced on the loose ball to drive a
powerful shot into the back of the net via the inside of the post, 1-0 to the
The AmaTuks midfielder had Khune scrambling once again in
the 24th minute - lucky for the goalkeeper the his rocket flew just
Chiefs kicked into gear soon after - creating chance after
chance with no end product. Bernard Parker found acres of space in the penalty
area, but failed to hit the target before George Lebese saw his shot sail just
over the crossbar moments later.
The visitors continued to turn the screw after the break,
but came up against a determined Coetsee who kept his cool to gather the ball
at Parker's feet before the hour mark.
Chiefs, though, finally found their goal through second-half
substitute Letsholonyane. The midfielder tapping in from close range after
Coetsee could only manage to parry a close range shot in the 72nd minute.
Steve Komphela's men continued to dominate and scored the
winner in the 85th minute. Katsande heading home at the back post after AmaTuks
failed to clear from a corner-kick.
The win is Chiefs' first in the league since February.