A first-half penalty by Willard Katsande and a second-half strike by defender Lorenzo Gordinho helped Amakhosi to end 2015 on a high following their heavy defeat in the Telkom Knockout final against Mamelodi Sundowns a few days earlier.
Daine Klate’s first-half strike for Wits was not enough to earn the visitors at least a point from the match.
Wits dominated the opening exchanges of the match. Gavin Hunt’s side played at a high tempo, with new sensation Phakamani Mahlambi leading the way with a few dangerous runs into the Chiefs penalty area.
Wits had a great chance to take the lead in the second minute when Phumlani Ntshangase headed wide of the target after a pint-point corner kick by Mahlambi. Three minutes later captain Thulani Hlatshwayo’s shot was tipped over the bar by Chiefs goalkeeper Reyaad Pieterse.
Chiefs had their first chance barely a minute later, but Siphiwe Tshabalala’s stabbed shot was blocked by Ntshangase. Mahlambi then went wide of the right-hand upright with a fierce shot in the eighth minute.
But it would be Chiefs who took the lead against the run of play via the penalty spot when Wits right back Onismor Bhasera brought down Camaldine Abraw inside the area. Katsande then slotted home the spot kick with a powerful drive down the middle.
Wits hit back almost immediately in the 20th minute, but Ntangase again headed wide from a Klate corner.
Nine minutes later, Chiefs started a dangerous counter attack in their own half. Some crisp passing saw the ball fall to George Lebese’s feet, but the Bafana Bafanba midfielder’s little chip sailed over the crossbar.
Wits eventually equalised in the 33rd minute after a long goal kick from Moeneeb Josephs caught the Chiefs defenders napping. The long ball found Klate unmarked on the edge of the area, and the former Orlando Pirates man then dinked the ball over Pieterse’s head to make it 1-1.
The second half was a pulsating affair. There was no drop in the tempo, while Phlambi also kept Chiefs on the back foot with his strong running.
The South Africa under-23 star sliced through the Chiefs defence in the 70th minute, before squaring the ball to Sibusiso Vilakazi in the penalty area. However, Vilakazi’s effort was saved by Pieterse.
But Chiefs would score a second goal against the run of play two minutes later, when Gordinho bundled the ball into the back of the net after Wits goalkeeper Moeneeb Josephs couldn’t deal with a header into the area.
Wits fought back towards the end of the game to try and get an equaliser, with Klate seeing his shot blocked by Morgan Gould in the 78th minute. They also had a few chances to score towards the end of the match, but Chiefs held on to end their year on a high.