Chiefs put SuperSport to the sword

Kaizer Chiefs came from behind to secure an emphatic 4-1 win over SuperSport United in an Absa Premiership clash at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane on Saturday.

The Glamour Boys subsequently exacted some revenge for their 2-0 defeat to the Tshwane outfit at the same venue last season - that loss ended Chiefs’ unbeaten run at 19 games.

SuperSport United went into the break a goal to the good thanks to Dove Wome, but it all fell apart in the space of nine second-half minutes with George Lebese and Ivan Bukenya putting Chiefs in front.

Matsatsantsa ended the game with 10 men, with Dean Furman seeing red for this first time in the Premier Soccer League before Lebese completed his brace - Siphiwe Tshabalala added the fourth from the penalty spot following a foul on Camaldine Abraw inside the area.

The first shot in anger fell to Wome, who charged into the area before sending his effort straight at Itumeleng Khune, who made a good save at his near post with 11 minutes on the clock.

The Amakhosi goalkeeper has been a victim of long range goals this season, with lots of players reaping rewards from distance - Wome continued the trend with a stunner of his own in the 22nd minute of the game.

A throw in on the far side was cleared by Bukenya before bouncing off Jeremy Brockie and landing at Wome's feet, the Togo international with a crisp first-time shot from outside the area, leaving Khune with no chance.

Eager not to succumb to SuperSport once again, Chiefs went in search of the equaliser and went close just after the half-hour mark, with Bukenya's volley flashing inches wide of Ronwen Williams’ right-hand post.

Things looked to have gone from bad to worse for the visitors as Bongani Khumalo rolled back the years, nodding Thuso Phala's precise free-kick into the back of the net, but the goal was chalked off with the assistant’s flag raised for offside.

Bukenya finally tested Williams in the 39th minute - his header from Tshabalala's free-kick easily gathered by the Bafana Bafana gloves man.

If the Amakhosi were to pull things back they needed a bright start to the second-half and that is exactly what they got through Lebese - the Chiefs winger pulling his side level in the 49th minute.

SuperSport failed to deal with Khune's clearance, Lebese pounced, directing the ball over the on-rushing Ronwen Williams.

Williams had to be at his brilliant best to deny Reneilwe Letsholonyane's rasping effort from rattling the back of the net in the 54th minute, but the Matsatsantsa stopper was helpless as Bukenya finally got his goal five minutes later.

SuperSport's defensive woes looked to be something of the past, but the Uganda international exposed those frailties once again as he rose highest to put Chiefs in front.

Dean Furman was sent for an early shower in the 79th minute after picking up his second yellow card of the game.

Chiefs capitalised on their man advantage with Lebse tapping in from close range following good work in the area by Abraw in the 88th before the Chiefs skipper converted from 12 yards with the last kick of the game.

SuperSport United (1) 1 (Wome 22')

Kaizer Chiefs (0) 4 (Lebese 49' 88' Bukenya 58' Tshabalala 90+5')

Teams:

SuperSport United: Williams, Boxall, B.Khumalo. Daniels, S.Khumalo, Mkhabela (Mathebula 63'), Furman, Phala, Wome (Grobler 69'), Nkhatha (Bhengu 78'), Brockie

Kaizer Chiefs: Khune, Gaxa, Gordinho, Xulu, Ritchie, Bukenya, Lebese (Baloyi 90'), Parker, Letsholonyane, Tshabalala, Mthembu (Abraw 80')