Lehlohonolo Majoro scored a brace as Kaizer Chiefs restored their four-point lead at the top of the Absa Premiership with a 2-1 win over SuperSport United at Peter Mokaba Stadium on Saturday night.
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Both teams came into the match with unbeaten records in the league, but aside from Kermit Erasmus’ excellent finish in the first half to equalise after Majoro’s opener, Matsatsantsa were always second best to the Amakhosi.
This win certainly underlines Chiefs’ potential as serious challengers for the title, but coach Stuart Baxter will know that his team still has plenty of work to do if they are to remain ahead of reigning champions Orlando Pirates.
Meanwhile, in the wake of a hard-earned 1-0 Premiership victory over Free State Stars at Orlando Stadium on Saturday, Pirates coach Roger de Sa was left dealing with a number of injury concerns and tired bodies.
The Buccaneers beat Mamelodi Sundowns in a league encounter earlier in the week and they had gone to extra time before eventually going down against Bloemfontein Celtic on penalties in their Telkom Knockout quarter-final the previous weekend.
Siyabonga Sangweni pulled up with a hamstring niggle, while warming up for Saturday’s clash, and Ayanda Gcaba was promoted from the bench into the starting line-up in defence.
Moeneeb Josephs, Rooi Mahamutsa, Andile Jali, Benni McCarthy and Robyn Johannes were also dealing with injuries.
“We had to make a quick change just before the game, but we tried to play the same 11 and it was always going to be difficult,” said de Sa. Pirates looked flat, lacking in creativity throughout, and barring a single moment of brilliance in first-half injury time from Sifiso Myeni, they struggled up front.