AMAKHOSI DOWN ABAFANA BESTYLE
A single goal by Ibe Zito Ogbonna in the 80th minute yesterday ensured that Kaizer Chiefs handed Mamelodi Sundowns another defeat in the Absa Premiership.
This was a key match for Downs, who have been swept by players' movement controversy, and the match was supposed to present a united front for Henri Michel's charges.
Michel started with a midfield packed with defensive players, although Josta Dladla - who rumour has it is heading for Chiefs - started ahead of Kurt Lentjies and Surprise Moriri.
The pace was frenetic in the opening stages, with the hosts the first to threaten. Dladla teamed up with Dillon Sheppard to stretch the Chiefs defence, and after a foul on Collins Mbesuma, Sheppard managed to sneak in a ball into the opposition danger area, although the Chiefs cleared the danger.
Not to be outdone, Siphiwe Tshabalala dispossessed Mbesuma near the middle of the pitch with Ogbonna waiting, but Robyn Johannes cleared it.
Dladla had two excellent chances to get Downs onto the scoring board. He beat the offside trap and had only Amakhosi goalie Itumeleng Khune to beat when he lost his composure and kicked it against the keeper.
This went on until late in the second half when man of the match Abia Nale, making his debut with the Naturena side, charged on the right side of the field. He whipped in a cross that the Nigerian rose to meet and place beyond Downs goalkeeper Calvin Marlin.
l Bay United beat Bidvest Wits 2-1 in a match that was played at EPRU Stadium yesterday.
Umlilo scored through Cyril Nzama and Vincent Khumalo in the second half. The Students pulled one back through Phikolethu Spelman.
l Lamontville Golden Arrows proved to be good travellers when they raided Cape Town and went home with three Premiership points last night.
They beat Santos 3-0 from goals by Siyabonga Sangweni, Philani Shange and Richard Henyekane.