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55' CHANCE! Sloppy play from Chiefs, as their throw-in is intercepted in a dangerous area by Tshepe. Khune smothers the ball, but Hlongwane is close by with the follow-up. However, he fires off target.
Leopards. Look. Dangerous.
A rather interesting fixture so far as Katsande's goal is the difference despite the several saves Khune has had to make.
Game on. Leopards will need to come out chasing.
39' BILLIAT! Chiefs starting to tick now as the clock edges closer to half-time. After a long ball sent from Chiefs defence into the path of Walusimbi who then poaches it towards Billiat but the Zimbabwean's strike is well off target.
Positive from CHIEFS!
27' Meanwhile, Katjiukua has picked up a yellow card ...
Free kick to Chiefs but nothing comes off it as Billiat slips as he takes the free-kick and miscues his shot.
12' It's Chiefs' turn now as Zuma is presented with an opportunity at the other end after Castro plays the ball across the face of goal from the left, having made a wonderful run to get in behind the defence.
However, Zuma's shot is poor and Ndlovu saves!
Meanwhile, in tonight's other game Jeremy Brockie has scored for Mamelodi Sundowns against Free State Stars.
1-0 to 'Downs.
7' CHANCE! Could easily have been flagged for off-side but a long ball from deep in the Leopards half sees Musonda squeeze through Chiefs' defence and is one-on-one with Khune but his strike is punched away.
FULL-TIME: KAIZER CHIEFS 1-0 BLACK LEOPARDS. It's all over at the FNB Stadium as Amakhosi pick up a vital three points courtesy of Willard Katsande's first half goal. Once again, they were far from perfect, but they did what they had to.
Time is running out for Lidoda Duvha, and to make matters worse for them, Mhlongo is flagged offside on their right.
Cardoso comes on in place of Zulu as Solinas looks to hold onto the lead. We're into a minimum of four minutes of stoppage time.
Leopards continue to push for a late equaliser. Nene goes for goal from outside the box, but he's off balance as he strikes and fires comfortably wide of goal.
Munyai goes for goal directly from a free-kick. It's not a bad hit and he beats the wall. His strike dips, making it awkward for Khune, but he manages to first stop the shot and then grab the loose ball.
Billiat looks as if he's through on goal, but he's dispossessed by a fantastic sliding cover tackle from Katjiukua before pulling the trigger. Vital intervention for Black Leopards!
Castro finds himself in space on the right and crosses, but Munganga is there to head behind for a corner. After Maluleka takes it, Munyai clears.
Themba Ndlovu comes on in place of Nange for Lidoda Duvha.
CHANCE! And now it's Billiat with an opportunity from inside the box after he controls a beautiful aerial pass from Castro, but the Zimbabwean's shot is blocked! Chiefs need to finish this game off.
Andrianarimanana makes way for Kaizer Chiefs and is replaced by Maluleka.
CHANCE! Jayiya has a fabulous opportunity to score as he meets a cross at the far post, but he fires wide of the target!
Now, Castro has a chance to redeem himself as he has a shot at goal, but it goes off target.
Castro has picked up a yellow card -- Amakhosi's second of the night.
CHANCE! How did that stay out? Black Leopards get the ball into the area from a corner on their left and there's a scramble in the box. However, Khune makes a save from point-blank range to deny the visitors!
Leopards continue to apply pressure on Chiefs, but they're just lacking that decisive touch at this stage.
At the other end, Tshepe tries a somewhat speculative shot as he looks to test Khune, but he fires off target.
Zulu has a crack at goal, but his effort is a poor one and misses the target by some distance.
Mhlongo comes on in place of Hlongwane as Masutha has another throw of his dice in an attempt to change this game.
A Leopards attack is halted in its tracks by a tight offside call.
Jayiya comes on for Kaizer Chiefs as Zuma makes way.
Kapinga goes on a marauding run as Leopards look to catch Chiefs on the counter. He gives it to Tshepe, but the substitute wastefully gives it away after opting against playing the return ball.
Booysen's last-ditch clearance takes the ball away from Nange before he pulls the trigger. Chiefs counter and Pentjie Zulu commits a professional foul on Billiat. Yellow card.
Good news for Lidoda Duvha: Nange is back on the pitch.
CHANCE! Booysen is left in acres of space and with a free header as he meets a delivery from the left. However, Ndlovu makes a fine save to turn his effort at goal behind. That really should have been 2-0!
CHANCE! Sloppy play from Chiefs, as their throw-in is intercepted in a dangerous area by Tshepe. Khune smothers him, but Hlongwane is there on the follow-up. However, he fires off target.
Nange is stretchered off the field. This isn't good news for Joel Masutha.
Chiefs surge forward once again, but Ndlovu does well to smother Mphahlele after he is played in behind the defence, thus preventing the Glamour Boys from doing more damage.
Nange is down on the pitch receiving medical attention, having seemingly hurt himself as he looked to get the ball off Castro.
Tshepe has come on in place of Khutlang for Lidoda Duvha.
KICK-OFF! The second half is underway at the FNB Stadium.
HALF-TIME: KAIZER CHIEFS 1-0 BLACK LEOPARDS. Although Chiefs endured some nervy moments in the first half, they improved as it progressed. Momentum is firmly with them after Katsande's goal and they'll be looking to capitalise.
We're into two minutes of stoppage time at the end of the first half. Chiefs are playing some good football and will be hoping to consolidate their lead before the break.
Katjiukua meets a Lidoda Duvha free-kick delivery from the right, but he fails to steer the ball on target. No problem for Khune. Meanwhile, Philani Zulu has picked up a yellow card.
Khutlang aims a cross in from the left, but it goes straight into Khune's grasp.
GOAL, CHIEFS, KATSANDE! 1-0: From a Billiat corner on the right, the ball is flicked on by Mphahlele towards the far post, where Katsande dives in and heads home! Chiefs take the lead just before half-time!
Walusimbi gets in behind the defence on Chiefs' left, and with his first touch, he tees up Billiat for a long-range strike. However, the Zimbabwean fires just wide of the target.
After receiving some medical attention, Khune restarts play. Meanwhile, Free State Stars have pulled a goal back against Sundowns.
Khune has gone down holding his leg. Amakhosi will hope that's nothing more than cramp.
Fantastic build-up play from Leopards leads to a shot from the right of the box from Kapinga, but he fires his low effort into Khune's grateful grasp. It was always going to be a difficult angle to score from.
CHANCE! Billiat is presented with a glorious opportunity at the other end, having been played in behind. Ndlovu comes way off his line, but Leopards players rush back to cover and Billiat shoots tamely into the keeper.
Elsewhere in the country, Mamelodi Sundowns have taken a 3-0 lead over Free State Stars. Jeremy Brockie opened the scoring in that game and Gaston Sirino has scored twice.
Billiat slips as he takes the free-kick and miscues his shot, but Chiefs still manage to win a corner.
Katjiukua has picked up a yellow card and given away a free-kick within shooting range for Kaizer Chiefs.
Leopards are causing plenty of problems for Chiefs on Amakhosi's right-hand side, where the hosts are leaving plenty of space in behind the defence.
Leopards surge forward and Pentjie Zulu gets a cross in from the left, but he overcooks it and fails to pick out a team-mate. Poor decision from him, but it's worrying for Chiefs how easy it was to create that opportunity.
Having got off to a shaky start, Chiefs are finding their feet in this game, with some occasionally sloppy Leopards passing helping them a great deal.
CHANCE! Zuma is presented with an opportunity at the other end after Castro plays the ball across the face of goal from the left, having made a wonderful run to get in behind the defence. However, Zuma's shot is poor and Ndlovu saves!
Leopards are playing some decent football. Nange takes a shot with the outside of his right foot from inside the box, but Khune saves at the near post and holds on.
CHANCE! Musonda is played in behind the Chiefs defence and the flag stays down. Chiefs look like they expected it to go up, but Musonda has a shot at goal and Khune is forced to block.
Andrianarimanana has a go from long range as he looks to make his mark in his first Kaizer Chiefs start. However, he fires straight down the throat of Ndlovu.
It's been a relatively slow start to the game, with the teams still sizing each other up. Ndlovu did make an early save, but it was a comfortable one. At the other end, Leopards are flagged for offside now.
KICK-OFF! Castro gets the match underway for the Glamour Boys. By their high standards, they haven't attracted a particularly sizeable crowd tonight.
Phillip Tinyani is the referee for tonight's clash. He conducts the coin toss with the two captains -- Itumeleng Khune and Marks Munyai.
The last time these sides met, Amakhosi knocked Lidoda Duvha out of this year's Telkom Knockout last 16 on penalties. Chiefs head into this match in seventh place in the league, while Leopards sit 12th.
BLACK LEOPARDS STARTING XI: K. Ndlovu, Munyai, Katjiukua, Munganga, Zulu, Khutlang, Nene, Nange, Hlongwane, Musonda, Kapinga. SUBS: Muleka, Ndou, Tshepe, Mahangwahaya, Mokoena, Mhlongo, T. Ndlovu.
Hello and welcome to our live coverage of this Absa Premiership clash between Kaizer Chiefs and Black Leopards at the FNB Stadium.
Siyabonga Ngezana is suspended after picking up a yellow card in the Telkom Knockout quarter-final win over SuperSport United. However, there is still no room for Daniel Cardoso in Giovanni Solinas' XI. Instead, Teenage Hadebe starts.
KAIZER CHIEFS STARTING XI: Khune, Mphahlele, Hadebe, Booysen, Walusimbi, Katsande, Andrianarimanana, Zuma, Zulu, Billiat Castro. SUBS: Bvuma, Cardoso, Maluleka, Ekstein, Jayiya, Moon, Ntshangase.
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