Jonty Mark
Football Editor
2 minute read
4 Mar 2015
9:41 pm

Masango wins it for Kaizer Chiefs

Jonty Mark

Mandla Masango’s first half strike was enough to give Kaizer Chiefs their first Absa Premiership win of the year against Ajax Cape Town at FNB Stadium on Wednesday evening.

Mandla Masango of Kaizer Chiefs celebrates his goal with Reneilwe Letsholoyane. (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images)

Amakhosi are now again ten points clear of Bidvest Wits at the top of the table.

Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter gave Itumeleng Khune his first league start since September in goal. The Amakhosi coach, meanwhile, had Siphiwe Tshabalala and Bernard Parker on the bench ahead of Saturday’s Soweto derby, with Matthew Rusike getting an opportunity in attack and George Lebese also starting.

For Roger De Sa’s Ajax, Dominic Isaacs and Musa Lebusa returned to the starting line up, while Robin Ngalande got the nod up front.

Chiefs started the game steadily, and in the 5th minute a pass from Siboniso Gaxa on the right hand side of the pitch found Rusike inside the box. Rusike laid a lovely ball into the path of Masango, but he over-hit his cross.

In the 15th minute, however, Bafana Bafana midfielder Masango made no mistake, turning home the rebound after Gaxa had provided a fine cross and Anssi Jaakkola had parried Lebese’s initial effort.

The Urban Warriors found it hard to create anything at FNB Stadium, initially restricted to long shots from Ngalande and Frankline Cale, both well off target.

In the 21st minute, Cecil Lolo played a good ball in from the right, and Erwin Isaacs tried a volley, but couldn’t connect properly. The ball found its way to Toriq Losper in a good position inside the area, but he missed the target.

Isaacs was also off target three minutes before the break, dragging his shot wide after being well-found by Ngalande.

Ajax brought on Keagan Dolly for an injured Ngalande at half time, but it was Chiefs who started the second half on the front foot. Masango volleyed over the bar, before George Maluleka drew a fine save from Jaakkola at his near post.

The Urban Warriors did have a couple of chances themselves, Erwin Isaacs’ shot blocked for a corner, and Losper’s header looping over the bar.

Substitute Nathan Paulse then got a header on target, but Khune was equal to it. At the other end, Lebese fired wide when well placed, while Maluleka blasted an effort just over the bar.