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Absa Premiership Report: Kaizer Chiefs v Maritzburg United, 9 March 2019

Posted: 9 March 2019 Time: 20:05

Kaizer Chiefs moved in to sixth place on the Absa Premiership standings with a 1-0 victory over Maritzburg United at FNB Stadium on Saturday.

Ernst Middendorp's side claim their second win on the bounce and move above Supersport United, who play Free State Stars tomorrow, while Maritzburg suffered their 12th defeat of the season and remain rooted to the bottom of the standings.
 
Dumisani Zuma scored the only goal of a game, which Maritzburg will feel they should have come away from with at least a point as they had plenty of opportunities.
 
Maritzburg had the first opportunity of the match as early as the first minute. Mohau Mokate sent the ball out wide to Mxolisi Kunene who cut in and had a right foot shot at goal which was saved well down low by Bruce Bvuma.
 
A minute later, Chiefs then had a gilt-edged opportunity to open the scoring. Dumisani Zuma fed the ball in to Leonardo Castro, who skinned Nazeer Allie and unleashed a stinging drive towards goal which was parried away by Richard Ofori directly in to the path of Bernard Parker. However, with an open goal at his mercy, Parker could only sidefoot the rebound in to the side-netting.
 
Bvuma was called in to emergency action soon afterwards when Siphosakhe Ntiya-Ntiya miscued a clearance from a Kunene corner towards his top corner, but the Amakhosi shot-stopper showed excellent reflexes to tip the ball over the bar.
 
In the 13th minute, Team of Choice captain Siyanda Xulu headed narrowly wide from another quality Kunene delivery as the visitors produced their first decent attempt of the match.
 
Seven minutes later, Parker produced a brilliant through-ball for Khama Billiat who would have had a clear shot on goal had his first touch been better, but the ball got away from him.
 
Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp made an early change in the 25th minute, pulling off former Maritzburg man Philani Zulu for Willard Katsande.
 
The Team of Choice then had their best opportunity of the match ten minutes before the interval. Xulu's excellent long ball found Mokate, who cut inside and allowed Fortune Makaringe to strike the ball towards the top left-hand corner but his effort was well saved by Bvuma.
 
A few minutes before the interval, Nazeer Allie came to his side's rescue not once but twice when he first cleared Billiat's header off the line and then Zuma's rebound attempt off the line, ensuring the sides would go in to half-time locked at 0-0.
 
Nkosingiphile Ngcobo came on for a concussed Billiat at half-time. Immediately after the break, Mokate fired past the keeper and just wide of the post when he latched on to Yannick Zakri's flick-on.
 
Tinkler's side were made to pay for their wasteful finishing five minutes later. His charges gave away possession sloppily and with their defence stretched, Castro found Zuma in plenty of space on the left-hand side of the box, who curled the ball expertly in to the top left-hand corner.
 
Amakhosi well and truly controlled the second half but were unable to create any clear-cut opportunities until the 68th minute when Castro fired in a shot with the outside of his right foot from a near-impossible angle which Ofori did well to tip over the bar.
 
But Maritzburg were still looking threatening on occasion and Judas Moseamedi was just beaten to the ball by Bvuma after a bit of pinball in the Chiefs' penalty box.
 
However, Chiefs held on for the crucial three points despite a late onslaught from the Team of Choice.
 
Teams

Chiefs: 44. Bvuma, 2. Mphahlele, 18. Moleko, 4. Cardoso, 36. Ntiya-Ntiya, 22. Zulu (Katsande 25'), 12. Maluleka, 28. Zuma, 11. Billiat (Ngcobo 46'), 25. Parker, 8. Castro (Moon 79').

Subs: 43. Akpeyi, 5. Booysen, 7. Moon, 20. Ngezana, 39. Frosler, 37. Ngcobo, 31.  Katsande.

Maritzburg: 31. Ofori, 36. Kunene, 25. Xulu, 4. Allie, 6. Sanoka, 11. Makaringe, 35. Timm, 22. Mokate (Moseamedi 58'), 8. Ndlovu, 44. Zakri, 26. Shandu (Mekoa 56').
 
Subs: 1. Mpandle, 17. Figareido, 15. Matsi, 20. Kutumela, 13. Kateregga, 19. Moseamedi, 29. Mekoa.
Article by: Staff Reporter
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