'

Featured

Kaizer Chiefs 1-0 Maritzburg United

A solitary goal from Dumisani Zuma early in the second half proved decisive as Kaizer Chiefs kept their slim Absa Premiership title hopes alive with a 1-0 victory over Maritzburg United.

The action came in thick and fast right from the get-go, with Maritzburg finding themselves with a chance to open the scoring in the very first minute after Mohau Mokate picked out Mxolisi Kunene, who cut inside and fired a low shot on target to force the save from Bruce Bvuma.

A few minutes later, it was Chiefs with the chance to open their account after Maritzburg keeper Richard Ofori punched a shot from Leonardo Castro into the path of Bernard Parker, who found the side netting with his strike.

Maritzburg went close again in the 13th minute when Mokate rose highest to meet a corner from Kunene at the near post, but his header was off target.

Khama Billiat then found himself in a great position to score but his first touch let him down and the danger was neutralised.

Chiefs were failing to create much of substance in attack, and instead it was the Team of Choice who had another great chance in the 35th minute. It was a long ball from Siyanda Xulu that caused the trouble, allowing Mokate to pull the ball back for Fortune Makaringe, who would have been in but for another smart save from Bvuma.

Chiefs' best chance of the half came one minute from time. A flick header from Billiat had the beating of Ofori, but luckily for the visitors, defender Nazeer Allie was able to get back and clear off the line.

It was still goalless at the break, but it took Chiefs just five minutes into the second half to find the all-important breakthrough.

Castro was the man who provided the through ball assist for Dumisani Zuma, who smashed the ball into the back of the net to put Chiefs 1-0 up.

That goal seemed to settle Chiefs' nerves and they would dominate for most of the second half, with Castro continuing to cause Maritzburg problems with his enterprising play.

The Team of Choice did have one great chance to equalise in the 74th minute when Allan Kateregga cut the ball back into the box and picked out Makaringe, but he had two attempts blocked before Judas Moseamedi drew the referee's whistle by fouling Bvuma - much to the relief of Chiefs fans everywhere.

That would prove to be the last real chance for the visitors, as Amakhosi held on to collect all three points and move to within five points of arch-rivals Orlando Pirates at the top of the table.