Stars are Chiefs' Easter eggs
KAIZER Chiefs gave their ambitions of winning the league title a much-needed mouth-to-mouth resuscitation when they ended Platinum Stars' impressive six-match unbeaten run with a 2-1 win here last night.
Chiefs had a major hiccup during the week when they lost to Black Leopards but the three points from last night will help Amakhosi to keep up with the chasing pack with the league race having entered the final straight.
Stars were slow and lethargic and their players looked like they were more keen to get their Easter Holidays under way.
Chiefs then had them on the Easter egg hunt as early as the third minute when Lehlohonolo Majoro scored one of his easiest goals since he joined Amakhosi.
Siphiwe Tshabalala was given lots of time on the right to whip in a cross that landed on the cranium of the unmarked Majoro who nodded the ball home. It was his ninth goal of the season.
The visitors were so dominant that Stars' only notable foray forward came only in the 23rd minute when Ntsikelelo Nyauza's powerful drive narrowly missed the target.
One of Stars' weaknesses was their poor set-pieces. They won free-kicks and corners in abundance but they failed to make use of the opportunities especially when they have skyscraper strikers Henrico Botes, Nathan Paulse and Robert Nga'mbi in the team.
Chiefs grabbed their second in the 25th minute through Abia Nale's thunderbolt. Nale was also afforded plenty of space and time on the Stars right side of defence and the stylish player increased the tally. Amakhos almost made it three with Majoro's rasping drive that was saved by keeper Jackson Mabogwane.
Stars slowly came back into the game and Thuso Phala and Sipho Nkosi had sniffs at goal. They also started the second half on a high with Phala doing more work and trying to prove a point to his former teammates. Stars were rewarded with a goal when Patrick Malokase scrambled the ball home in the 76th minute.
Lindokuhle Mbatha missed a golden opportunity to equalise when he ballooned his effort over the posts on the stroke of fulltime.
Chiefs will take a break from league duties and turn their attention on their Nedbank Cup fixture against Free State Stars this Saturday. They will resume their campaign after two weeks against Maritzburg United.
- Elsewhere, Moroka Swallows played to a 2-2 draw against Ajax Cape Town at the Cape Town Stadium, while Golden Arrows thumped Free State Stars 3-0 at the Princess Magogo Stadium.
- SuperSport United added to Wits' woes as they edged them 2-1 at the Lucas Moripe Stadium.