Chiefs beat Ajax to move top

Kaizer Chiefs racked up a fourth successive win and returned to the top of the Absa Premiership with a 2-0 win over Ajax Cape Town at Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday evening.

The Amakhosi were knocked off pole position by Golden Arrows earlier in the day, but their victory over the Urban Warriors – secured by second-half goals from Lorenzo Gordinho and George Lebese – took Steve Komphela’s team back to No 1 courtesy of a superior goal difference.

Chiefs enjoyed the majority of possession in the first half, but the best early chance went the way of Ajax in the third minute. Daniel Cardoso slipped while trying to recover a ball and Nathan Paulse poked a hurried effort wide of goal when a bit of composure would have given him an easy finish.

The Soweto giants soon took control of the game, but despite some fine passing and plenty of movement in the wide areas, they struggled to created clear-cut chances with which to threaten the Cape side’s goal posts.

The only clear chance for the Amakhosi arrived in the 39th minute. William Twala provided a peach of a cross from the right flank and left-back Sibusiso Khumalo arrived at the back post to meet the ball, but his header failed to find the target.

After their dominant showing in the first half, Chiefs began the second strongly and deservedly broke the deadlock just three minutes after the restart. A short corner kick allowed George Maluleka to provide a great cross from the right and Lorenzo Gordinho easily headed home at the far post.

Chiefs went on to miss two great chances to add to their advantage – with substitute Lewis Macha unwittingly culpable in both instances – while Ajax gave warning that they were capable of spoiling the Amakhosi’s party when a substitute of their own, Tashriq Morris, put a snap shot wide of the mark with just over a quarter-hour to play.

The Urban Warriors had one more good chance in the dying minutes when a mistake from Gordinho gave substitute Prince Nxumalo a clear sight of goal in the 18-yard area, but the striker pulled his shot wide of the mark.

Chiefs finally wrapped up the points in injury time when George Lebese sprinted free on a counter, rounded the goalkeeper and finished coolly to make it 2-0. The Soweto giants’ evening was soured slightly by the late sending off of Maluleka for a second yellow card.

Kaizer Chiefs (0) 2 (Gordinho 48’, Lebese 90+4’)

Ajax Cape Town 0


Kaizer Chiefs: Khune, Moleko, Gordinho, Cardoso, Khumalo, Katsande, Maluleka, Twala (Parker 74’), Ekstein (Tshabalala 64’), Lebese, Katsvairo (Macha 58’)

Ajax Cape Town: Petersen, Mabaso, Coetzee, Chipeta, Lebusa, Isaacs, Graham, Mayambela (Morris 67’), Mosadi, Mokoena (Mzwakali 55’), Paulse (Nxumalo 84’)