Kaizer Chiefs produced a clinical performance to sweep aside Bidvest Wits winning 1-0 in an Absa Premiership clash played at the Peter Mokaba Stadium, Polokwane, on Saturday night. This encounter played in front of a capacity crowd did not only sparkle but achieved Vladimir Vermezovic’s objective of ending the 2010 year on a high and keeping his ambitions of challenging for the 2010\11 Absa Premiership title alive.
An unstoppable fierce free kick shot by Knowledge Musona in the 16th minute was all the Serbian mentor and his fearless charges needed to secure all the three points on offer.
From the first whistle, Chiefs did not only employ their usual flash and skill but rather a disciplined and highly tactical approach.
Bidvest Wits were forced to chase shadows and had it not have been for some untimely shooting by Musona in the third and 12th minutes the Students would have suffered dearly early in the game
However, the Chiefs Zimbabwean striker atoned for his earlier misses when he blasted a bullet like free kick shot that left the Wits’ keeper Darren Keet with the formality of picking the ball out the back of the net in the 16th minute. The goal was Musona’s seventh of the season and 11th in all competitions.
Jimmy Tau, Punch Masenamela, and Josta Dladla on the flanks launched their attacks, while Tinashe Nengomasha and Reneilwe Letsholonyane made sure that Bidvest Wits were not given no time and space to play in midfield.
Truth be told, Bidvest Wits were never in the game as they gave the ball away cheaply, thereby allowing their limelight-seeking opponents acres of space to play the ball around with confidence.
Still, Sifiso Vilakazi nearly gave his side an equalizer, but his well taken shot was deflected for a corner by Dominic Isaacs in the 39th minute.
Chiefs led 1-0 at half time.
Coming from the break, Bidvest Wits nearly scored a replica of Chiefs’ first goal, but Stanton Fredericks free kick flew over the bar. The free kick was a result of Sifiso Vilakazi being fouled by Dominic Isaacs.
A minute later, Musona could only watch in disbelief when his attempt from inside the Wits danger area went inches wide with Darren Keet in no man’s land.
After the two misses, Wits were impressive in their forward forays as the Clever Boys swamped the Amakhosi’s territory in search of an equalizer, but found Itumeleng Khune in an uncompromising mood.
Sifiso Vilakazi must have thought that the Gods have turned their backs on him when his rocket like shot missed the target in the 63rd minute.
However, Chiefs did not rest on their laurels and wait for a miracle to happen, they played their hearts out and once more credit should go to Keet for denying Masenamela what could have been Chiefs’ second goal in the 72nd minute.
After a glut of missed opportunities, substitute Koapeng, who replaced Sibusiso Vilakazi, could have done better to put his side on level terms but his attempt skimmed the bar with Itumeleng Khune off balance in the 84th minute.
Meanwhile Chiefs’ traditional arch-rivals, Orlando Pirates showed no mercy when they trashed bottom of the log Moroka Swallows 2-0 in another Absa Premiership match played at Dobsonville Stadium also on Saturday, December 18. The results saw Pirates claim the second position on the log with 21 points, and they are six points behind Mamelodi Sundowns on Friday night beat Ajax Cape Town 1-0 away.
The rest of the Absa Premiership results are: Bloemfontein Celtic 1 v Vasco da Gama 1, AmaZulu 4 v Mpumalanga Black Aces 0, Platinum Stars 1 v Santos 1, Maritzburg United 0 v Free State Stars 2.
The Absa Premiership’s forthcoming fixtures are:
Wednesday, December 22: Golden Arrows v Ajax Cape Town (Chatsworth, 3.30pm), Free State Stars v Bloemfontein Celtic (Botshabelo, 7.30pm), Santos v SuperSport United (Athlone), BidVest Wits University v Maritzburg United (Mbombela), Mamelodi Sundowns v AmaZulu (Lucas Moripe, 7.30pm), Mpumalanga Black Aces v Kaizer Chiefs (Puma Rugby, 7.30pm), Vasco da Gama v Moroka Swallows (Newlands, 7.30pm) and Orlando Pirates v Platinum Stars (Orlando, 8pm)-Backpagepix