The Soweto club dominated Golden Arrows at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Thursday night, but were not clinical from open play, requiring a soft penalty to take home the three points
Both teams started slowly as the first real penetrative action came in the ninth minute with a Tshabalala free-kick from just outside the box. He swung in a cross to find Mashamaite but the defender didn't make clear contact with his head to take advantage of it.
Two minutes later Shange also received a similar free-kick, this time for Arrows, but he skied his effort high over the bar. Shabba then surged forward and unleashed a wicked left footer that whizzed to the left of keeper Harrison.
Before the half hour a cross from Yeye was cleverly chested by Nkosi into the path of Musona inside the box. However the Zimbabwean's strike didn't have enough venom to trouble Harrison. A minute later Tshabalala's long ball brilliantly found Musona for another opportunity. This time Musona didn't pluck it out from the air well enough to get a telling shot in.
In the 31st minute Yeye got the crowd off their seats with his excellent control to take the ball in the air and wack a fabulous volley that shaded the crossbar. Then against the play the keeper Harrison's long punt forward got knocked on straight to Ntuli. The Arrows forward was through on goal, but Khune was quick to pounce and close the angle to block him from poking it in.
A minute later Masilela sliced the ball into a dangerous area that nearly created an own goal, but the ball came off the bar to Gaxa with the whole goal at his mercy. The Bafana defender astonishingly headed it against the woodwork.
In injury time Musona's looped pass brilliantly found Nkosi who did well to get into position before cracking a shot, but Chiefs were unfortunate to hit the bar once again.
A minute into the second half Arrows defender Tom sloppily handed the ball without any danger coming his way. It was supposed to be a regulation clearance after a poorly timed cross, leading to an unforced error, which one might argue was an unintentional hand ball. Parker stepped up and side-footed it cooly to the left of the keeper to give Chiefs the lead.
On the hour mark Ntuli did well to weave his way down the left, but the Chiefs defence held firm to block his shot. Four minutes later Arrows' Musonda brilliantly struck a long range effort from way outside the box that surprisingly dipped close to the crossbar.
Then for Chiefs Dladla produced an outstanding long ball to find Nkosi in the box. However Nkosi tried to be too fancy and lost his footing.
In the 76th minute Tshabalala floated in a dangerous free-kick that bounced awkwardly for the Arrows defence, but was eventually cleared into safety. Despite having little to do for most of the game, Goal South Africa Player of the Year, Khune stayed alert to make a brilliant close-range save from Ntuli's volley.
The Lamontville club only pushed forward in the last 15 minutes, while Chiefs sat back to contain them. Arrows broke down the right most of the time, and one cross nearly found Ntuli, while another was intelligently cut off by Khune's punch. Eventually Chiefs were the better side due to their rally at the end of the first half.