|Letsholonyane and Wolff © Gallo Images
A goal in the first half from Reneilwe ‘Yeye’ Letsholonyane and one an hour later from Bernard Parker saw Kaizer Chiefs record their second win under caretaker coach Ace Khuse when the Phefeni Glamour Boys beat Ajax Cape Town 2-0 in an Absa Premiership match at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on Wednesday night.
The result means Chiefs remain sixth on the log with 46 points while the Urban Warriors remain outside the top eight as their winless streak extends to six matches in the league.
It was the perfect start to the game for the home team and the best possible return to the starting line-up for ‘Yeye’ when he handed the Amakhosi the lead in only the seventh minute of the match.
Chiefs were passing the ball around nicely early on and it resulted in the goal when Lehlohonolo Majoro was set-free down the right flank. His cross was partially cleared by Mathew Booth inside the box, but Bernard Parker was there to pick up the loose ball.
The Amakhosi striker then, unselfishly, played a pass to ‘Yeye’ who placed a perfect low shot, passing the ball, into the bottom right corner from 14-yards out, 1-0.
After going in front Chiefs seemed to control the flow of the game as Ajax struggled to find their rhythm in the opening 20 minutes and hardly saw any of the ball.
In fact, the Urban Warriors only goal scoring chance in the opening stages of the game came in the 17th minute because of a mistake at the back by Josta Dladla.
The Amakhosi midfielder tried to dribble his way out of defence and was caught out by George Maluleka. The Ajax man proceeded to drive towards goal and unleashed a powerful 25-yard shot that was well saved by Itumeleng Khune.
Chiefs’ strongest point in the first 45 was there work ethic in the middle of the park where they gave Ajax no space or time on the ball, resulting in the Urban Warriors squandering their possession with some sloppy passing in the final third of the field.
In the 29th minute the home side were unlucky not to double their lead when again Parker picked up on a loose ball inside the Ajax half and played a pass to Siphiwe Tshabalala on the edge of the box.
But the Bafana Bafana left-winger saw his thunderbolt shot strike the post and bounce away from danger as the game entered the halftime break in favour of the Amakhosi.
The second half certainly saw Ajax start the better team, but much like the first half they continued to squander their possession in the final third of the field.
In fact, as the Urban Warriors tried to hit back, Chiefs sat back in defence and looked to hit on the counter-attack and that is what they nearly did in the 61st minute.
The Amakhosi broke down the right through Jimmy Tau who played the ball to Tshabalala inside the box, but his shot, a low grass-cutter from 16-yards out, again struck the woodwork, this time the outside of the post.
Six minutes later, though, and Chiefs did take full advantage of a swift counter attack as Parker doubled his side’s lead.
Tshabalala played a great through ball for Parker and left with just the keeper to beat the Chiefs striker made no mistake putting the ball beyond the stranded Westerveld, 2-0.
The second goal took the sting out of the game as Ajax’s threat flickered out like a candle in the wind and Chiefs recorded their second win under caretaker coaches Ace Khuse and Doctor Khumalo.
Kaizer Chiefs (1) 2 (Letsholonyane 7’, Parker 67’)
Ajax Cape Town (0) 0
Chiefs: Khune; Tau, Zvasiya, Mashamaite, Ritchie, Dladla, Nengomasha, Letsholonyane (Baloyi 48’), Tshabalala, Majoro (Motaung Jnr 65’), Parker (Lebese 82’)
Ajax: Westerveld; Hlatshwayo, Booth, Mokeke, Wolff, Maluleka, Manyama, Billiat, Rusike (Van Graan 84’), Carelse (Akpabio 66’), Alexander (Vilakazi 46’)