A goal by Willard Katsande helped the AmaKhosi narrowly edge the Buccaneers with a 1-0 win at the FNB Stadium on Saturday afternoon
Willard Katsande found the back of the net in the 60th minute for the log leaders Kaizer Chiefs. The AmaKhosi got their first Soweto Derby victory after six matches.
It was a tense physical encounter as expected in a Soweto Derby. The home side showed more dominance and attacking prowess early on. Pirates settled early into the game, as they controlled the ball possession for the most part. Chiefs having to work, were losing the ball too easily as they approached the attacking third.
The home side almost found the opener in the first three minutes of the match. A swift run by Oupa Manyisa down the right flank, delivered in a pin point cross for Mpho Makola who’s glancing header was pushed out brilliantly for a corner by Reyaad Pieterse. Chiefs first chance of the match came from defender Tefu Mashamaite who almost headed in from close range, from a set-piece delivered in by Bernard Parker.
In the 11th minute Pirates Ayanda Gcaba fired in a thunderous shot from the left, though goalkeeper Pieterse was well positioned to deny the home side once more. Chiefs immediately reacted with a counter attack. Knowledge Musona ran down the right before he put in a cross for Kingston Nkhatha, who mistimed it and was unable to connect with the ball.
A quarter way in, the tempo of the match rose as both teams were well settled in. Pirates continued to probe and tested the credentials of Pieterse from long range. The AmaKhosi defended in numbers as they looked to catch the Buccaneers on the counter.
In the 25th minute Siphiwe Tshabalala put in a daunting ball across the face of goal which was directed at Nkhatha, who once again didn’t connect and wasted another opportunity.
At the half hour mark, the Buccaneers continued to be the more adventurous of the two teams. They were not sitting back as they took the game to the AmaKhosi with an attacking brand of football.
In the second period the AmaKhosi came out more attack minded, and it took Chiefs 15 minutes to find the back of the net from a set piece. A corner delivered by Tshabalala met the head of Willard Katsande, who calmly put the ball into the back of the net.
The AmaKhosi looked to be a different team in the second period, showing more creativity and flair in the middle of the park as they went into the attacking third. Despite having the one goal lead, they continued to press high up in search of a second. The visitors created countless opportunities but were unable to increase the lead.
The Buccaneers introduced former Chiefs attacker Lehlohonolo Majoro, who was welcomed with boos from the AmaKhosi fans.
The matched opened up well in the final half hour, as Pirates looked to find the equalizer and Chiefs exposed the Buccaneers defense. An exuberant end to the Soweto derby, ended with victory for the log leaders.
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