Chiefs leave Free State seeing Stars

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Siphiwe Tshabalala of Kaizer Chiefs tackled by Sadate Ouro Akoriko of Free State Stars during the Absa Premiership 2013/14 football match between Free State Stars and Kaizer Chiefs at the Charles Mopeli Stadium on November 30, 2013.

JOHANNESBURG - A goal in each half ensured Kaizer Chiefs continue to climb the table at the expense of Free State Stars at the Charles Mopeli Stadium in Phuthaditjhaba on Saturday.

The visitors took the lead in the 38th minute with a glancing header from Siyabonga Nkosi, giving the midfielder his first goal of the season.

Not to be outdone, Siphiwe Tshabalala popped up in the 90th minute to register his maiden league goal of the campaign.

A pre-match downpour ensured the teams played on a greasy surface making it difficult to control the ball.

The home side looked jittery and their defence gifted several chances to Chiefs. In the 11th minute, the visitors came close after Sibusiso Mthethwa&39;s weak clearance landed in the path of Knowledge Musona, who fired wide with his first real attempt.

Midway through the first half, Mthethwa started a run deep from his area but his looping header sailed harmlessly over Itumeleng Khune&39;s goal.

Nkosi&39;s goal was the difference between the two sides at half-time and Chiefs came out the more determined side after the break.

Bernard Parker almost got his name on the scoresheet when Siboniso Gaxa picked him out with a perfect cross but the in-form Bafana striker crashed his low shot against the upright in the 65th minute.

Reuben Thebekang had a chance to pull the home side level but his free header lacked both power and direction.

With two minutes remaining, Sadat Ouro-Akoriko thought he had equalised but assistant referee Sandile Dilikane flagged for off-side.

As Stars desperately searched for the crucial goal, they left the rearguard exposed and Tshabalala found himself unmarked inside the box to slot in the insurance goal.

Chiefs topped the table overnight but nearest rivals Mamelodi Sundowns have two games in hand and are at home to Moroka Swallows on Sunday.