CAPE TOWN – Kaizer Chiefs registered their first win of the season when they beat Cape Town City 2-0 in a league match at a near-capacity Cape Town Stadium on Wednesday night.
Both goals came after the half time break, Siphiwe Tshabalala opening proceedings in the 47th minute before Wiseman Meyiwa completed the victory seven minutes from time as the visiting side just about did enough to claim the maximum points in the face of some late pressure.
For City coach Benni McCarthy, it was a first defeat of the season in the sixth game in all competitions.
Cape Town City started the game with purpose, but although looking dangerous in attack, they were unable to threaten the Amakhosi goal.
It was instead Chiefs who had the first chance of the night, 14 minutes in when Tshabalala played in Philani Zulu, but from a good position on the left-hand side of the box, he dragged his effort wide of the far post.
The home side suffered a setback three minutes later when an injury to Teko Modise saw the former Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder’s evening cut short.
Kaizer Chiefs player - Meyiwa gets injured outside the pitch, hop back. Patosi drag him out, he goes back and wait for the stretcher! -------- pic.twitter.com/2RdVOr5bqg— Azania Afrika (@SAYoungLion) September 13, 2017
The Citizens, however, continued to play some fast-paced football and they had a chance open up in the 23rd minute when Lehlohonolo Majoro found himself clean in on goal, but he curled his shot well wide against and did not force his former team-mate Itumeleng Khune into making a save.
Amakhosi striker Gustavo Paez had an even better opportunity just three minutes later, but lost his cool in front of goal and blasted over the bar.
The game remained open and entertaining with play going from end to end, Chiefs having the last opportunity of the first half when Tshabalala smashed in a 35-yard effort, but it went straight at home keeper Sage Stephens.
It took Amakhosi just one second half minute to change the complexion of the game as Tshabalala controlled the ball in the opposition box, before cutting inside and firing a crisp strike into the bottom corner.
With the Soweto side sitting back defending their lead, City went hunting the equaliser, and after Ayanda Patosi’s free kick on the hour mark skimmed over the bar, Khune denied Majoro twice in quick succession before Patosi blasted the rebound into the stands.
With Chiefs coach Steve Komphela becoming increasingly anxious as the Cape team pushed for an equaliser, a second goal was needed.
And it was Meyiya who obliged seven minutes before the end of the game, sticking the ball into the bottom corner of the net after he had been played in on goal by a clever through ball by George Maluleka.
African News Agency