By NAKAMPE LEKWADU
At FNB Stadium
Kaizer Chiefs 0 (1) Masango, 78th
Bloemfontein Celtic 0 (0)
KAIZER Chiefs had to wait until the 78th minutes before they could score the winning goal as they beat
the supercharged Bloemfontein Celtic 1-0 on Tuesday evening, a courtesy goal of Mandla Masango.
The game watched by a scattered crowd, mostly Chiefs fans with a handful of Celtic supporters here
started on a poor note with either of the two sides not showing any sense of urgency.
The home side however had to endure some early night-mares as Siwelele came fuming, threatening to
score but were not lucky Frank Mhango’ sure goal was saved by Chiefs goalie, Itumeleng Khune.
The game slowly picked its rhythm with both side visiting each other’s goal-mouth, but only to be let
down by their strikers who were either shooting wide or straight into the goalkeepers’ hands and the
score-board was still read goalless at break
Chiefs could have taken the lead in the 53rd minute, but George Lebese who had a good game was not so
lucky when his goal-bound was barred by the wood-work with Celtic goalie, Patrick Tignyemb well beaten.
Then the moment of truth came when boys were separated from boys when Masango slotted home with
only 12 minutes remaining on the clock. This after Lebese had made a good move before he could cross
the ball that found the pint-sized Masango well positioned before he could slot the ball into a yawning
net to give Chiefs the much deserved three points that saw them frog-leaped Moroka Swallows to the top
of the log.
The goal was Masango’ second this season. His first goal was away to Mpumalanga Black Aces mid-week
last week in which Chiefs emerged 2-1 winners. Chiefs are now on top of the log with 9 points from three
matches, and it remain to be seen if Swallows will push them to the second should they beat the visiting
Mamelodi Sundows when they meet tomorrow evening at the Dobsonville Stadium.
In Polokwane at the Peter Mokaba Stadium, Polokwane City suffered a 2-1 defeat in the hands of the
visiting Ajax Cape Town. Thabiso Nkoana and Tashriq Morris scored for the Urban Warriors with Abbubaker Mobara scoring the consolation goal for the home side.
Meanwhile the Absa Premiership league games goes on full swing tomorrow evening with six matches
taking place in the country’s various venues.
The main focus however will be at the Dobsonville Stadium in Soweto where the high-ridding Moroka
Swallows are expected to welcome the defending champions, Mamelodi Sundown.
Swallows’ 2014/15 season got off to a good start by far, winning their first two matches (a set of 2-1 over
Orlando Pirates and AmaZulu respectively) with 6 points behind Chiefs (9 points).
The Brazilians on the other hand will be looking forward to their first league win after losing 1-0 to Ajax
Cape while the other game against Maritzburg United ended in a 1-1 draw.
The rest of tomorrow’s league matches are: Free State Stars v SuperSport United (Charles Mopeli),
Orlando Pirates v AmaZulu (Orlando), BidVest Wits v Maritzburg United (BidVest), Black Aces v Platinum
Stars and Chippa United v University of Pretoria. Kick-off for these matches is at 7.30pm.