First-half goals from Mandla Masango and Reneilwe Letsholonyane secured a 2-1 win for Kaizer Chiefs over Mpumalanga Black Aces in an Absa Premiership encounter at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit on Wednesday evening.
Aubrey Ngomaa��s first goal for AmaZayoni cancelled out Masangoa��s early strike before Yeye scored what proved to be the winner on the stroke of halftime.
Both coaches resisted any tinkering to their sides, naming the same XI that took to the field against Bloemfontein Celtic and Free State Stars respectively.
Kaizer Chiefs opened the scoring through Masango who subsequently bagged his third goal against AmaZayoni in the space of 10 days. A great run and exquisite first touch saw him sneak in behind the Aces defensive line. Vincent Kobola tracked back well to intercept at the midfielders feet, but in a moment of confusion collided with his goalkeeper and consequently handed Masango a tap-in with 12 minutes on the clock.
Kingston Nkhatha almost instantly doubles the visitorsa�� lead, his effort rattling the underside of the bar.
Chiefs continued to create the better of the chances with Masango coming close to grabbing his brace, sending his volley attempt just over the frame in the 28th minute.
It was Aces though who struck next through Aubrey Ngoma. Tendai Ndoroa��s flick-on fell into the path of the former AmaTuks winger who struck an unstoppable first-time shot past a helpless Itumeleng Khune in the 42nd minute from an acute angle.
Acesa�� joy though was short lived as Letsholonyane restored parity for the Amakhosi on the cusp of halftime.
A neat move down the right-flank culminated in Masango playing in Yeye who hit a thunderbolt past Energy Murambadoro who was rooted to the spot.
Masango came within an inch of doubling his sidea��s lead three minutes into the second half. Tsepo Masilela picked out the lively midfielder whose header hit the foot of the upright.
The goalmouth action continued to flow with George Maluleka guilty of squandering a string of chances towards the back end of the encounter. The former SuperSport United midfielder was brilliantly denied by Murambadoro in the 75th minute before sending a header attempt wide of goal from point-blank range a minute later.A� Stuart Baxter shut up shop in the closing minutes as the Glamour Boys held on to go second on the league standings, only behind Moroka Swallows on goals scored.
Meanwhile, Ajax Cape Town heaped more pressure on Absa Premiership champions Mamelodi Sundowns with a 1-0 victory at the Cape Town Stadium on Wednesday night.
The result means Pitso Mosimanea��s side have taken just one point from their opening two league matches, while also being knocked out of the MTN8.
The first half was played in driving rain, with both sides starting the game in a positive vein, looking to take the game to their opponents.
But chances remained few and far between – the Urban Warriors had a third minute opportunity, but Keagan Dolly was unable to test Wayne Sandilands from well outside the box.A� At the other end of the park, Ajax keeper Anssi Jaakola was on top of his game, doing well to take charge of any aerial balls into the box, although there was an anxious moment on four minutes when Tebogo Langermana��s cross ricocheted off a couple of players before being cleared.
There was also a Katlego Mashego half-chance, but he sent his snap shot well over the bar.
But for the most part, the Braziliansa�� attempts to threaten the Ajax box with long balls failed to yield any dividends as the young Urban Warriors defence held firm.
The opening stanza ended in a setback for the Pretoria team as an injury to Lindokuhle Mbatha saw him being replaced by Anthony Laffor for the start of the second half.
It was always going to take something special to break the deadlock and it was Travis Graham who managed to come up with a moment of magic as he buried the ball in the far corner with a perfectly struck shot from 35-yards out on 50 minutes which skidded off the wet turf and past Sandilands.
The goal appeared to wake Sundowns up, with Langerman in particular providing great impetus down the left flank, but he was unable to pick out any teammates with several dangerous low crosses into the box.
There was a half chance for Niang, but his header flashed wide of goal as the visiting side continued to push for a goal.
The Brazilians then had a penalty appeal turned down after Rivaldo Coetzee tangled with Bongi Ntuli in the Ajax box, although it would have been a harsh call on the Urban Warriors centre-back.
At the other end of the field there was a chance for Nathan Paulse to double the hostsa�� lead, but he was unable to get his 75th-minute header on target, while Mario Booysen also missed the goal with a header for Sundowns a few minutes later.
There was an injury time chance for Themba Zwane to steal a point, but he blasted a half volley over the bar from only 14 yards out.
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