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  • 19 August 2014
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 George Lebese, Kaizer Chiefs vs Orlando Pirates, PSL, 26.10.2013

Kaizer Chiefs 1-0 Bloemfontein Celtic: Amakhosi record third straight league victory

George Lebese, Kaizer Chiefs vs Orlando Pirates, PSL, 26.10.2013

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Mandla Masango scored the only goal of the game as Kaizer Chiefs defeated Bloemfontein Celtic 1-0 at the FNB Stadium on Tuesday night

Chiefs came into this encounter on the back of two consecutive away league wins, while their opponents on the night Celtic, had drew their first two league matches.

The early stages of the game were very quiet with both goalkeepers not tested by any of the attackers, and first chance of the game came in the 10th minute.

It was Celtic who had the first shot on target when Malawi international Frank Gabadinho Mhango's thunderous strike from the edge of the Chiefs box was tipped brilliantly over the bar by Itumeleng Khune.

Then the home side began to enjoy ball possession while making good short passes on the edge of their opponents' box. Amakhosi's first chance came in the 15th minute when in-form winger Mandla Masango combined well with his teammate Reneilwe Letsholonyane on the edge of the box, before the winger dribbled past two defenders in the Celtic box.

However, Masango's dangerous square pass was cleared away by Phunya Sele Sele defender Bevan Fransman for a corner, wit Patrick Tinyemb clearly beaten hands down.

In the 37th minute, Chiefs wing-back Siboniso Gaxa whipped in a decent cross into the Siwelele box, and the ball met striker Kingston Nkhatha. However, the Zimbabwe international failed to hit the target with his header.

Two minutes later, Amakhosi midfielder Letsholonyane's through pass found Nkhatha, but Chiefs' lone striker once again failed to make use of the opportunity as Fransman managed to outmuscle him inside the box.

Celtic defender Limbikani Mzava tried to beat Khune with a 43rd-minute long range shot from 40-yards out, but the Bafana Bafana shot-stopper made a comfortable save.

The first half ended goalless with Chiefs having failed to register a single shot on target while the visitors would consider themselves unlucky having created chances to score.

George Lebese's dangerous cross from the left hand side of the pitch into the Celtic box eluded teammate Masango, who was just seconds behind the curling cross.

Lebese nearly broke the deadlock in the 53rd minute from a free-kick situation when his thunderous strike came off the woodwork  although Tignyemb had it a touch on it as the game started to open up.

Celtic's second half substituted Lerato Lamola made an immediate impact after coming on in the 55th minute. He did well to beat his marker on the edge of the box but his effort was deflected out for a corner.

On the hour mark, Siwelele forward Mhango found some space to execute a curling shot at the Chiefs' goal, but Khune positioned himself well to make a fine save.

The home side then broke the deadlock in the 79th minute, and it was Chiefs midfielder Masango whose superb right-footed strike from just inside the Celtic box beat Tignyemb.

Just two minutes later, Amakhosi nearly doubled their lead, when defender Erick Mathoho pounced onto a loose ball inside the Celtic box, but he was just unfortunate as his effort hit the cross bar.

Chiefs managed to hold to their lead, and recorded their third consecutive Absa Premiership win that took them top of the table and three points clear of second-placed Moroka Swallows.  

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