Chiefs hang on for Classic win

The Kaizer Chiefs machine appeared to be warming up for the Premier League title race with a 2-1 victory against Classic at Ellis Park on Wednesday.

Two quick goals by Jossias Macamo and man of the match Lucky Maselesele gave Amakhosi something to smile about at halftime. Chiefs had never scored at Ellis Park since the soccer stampede in April as they drew 0-0 with Golden Arrows and lost 1-0 to Free State Stars.

Regular keeper Brian Baloyi started on the bench as Rowen Fernadez made his Kaizer Chiefs home debut against Classic. The former Wits goalminder appeared to be heading for his first clean sheet in the black and gold until a defensive lapse on 58 minutes.

Chiefs conceded a soft goal on 58 minutes as they failed to clear a corner from Tumelo Mofokeng as Clyde Mahlangu raised above to head home a consolation for the Tembisa side.

There were no signs of troublesome yet inspirational midfielder Jabu Pule. The youth academy graduate has since been suspended for going AWOL and is receiving counseling for his social problems.

Coach Muhsin Ertugral earlier said he would give youngster Thabiso Malatsi a run should the situation allow for that move. The youngster appeared to be geared for his debut in the Chiefs colours until the sudden Classic goal, which forced Ertugral to alter his plans.

Thabo Mooki was brought in on 63 minutes in place of goalscorer Macamo.

Arthur Zwane was on the starting lineup against his former club and provided a cross on five minutes and former Costa do Sol offensive midfielder Macamo headed home the opening goal with a flying header.

It was Macamo’s third strike in three matches following goals in the opening league match against Wits FC and another one in the BP Top Eight against Ria Stars.

Maselesele opened his Premier League account on 23 minutes as he increased the score with a throw in from Zwane.

Chiefs made a forced substitution after 15 minutes as defender Gary Goldstone limped off with an injury and Cyrl Nzama brought in to fill his place.

Classic coach Khabo Zondo threw caution to the wind on 29 minutes as he introduced Moffat Mofoka for Stanley Phakathi.

A late surge by Classic proved fruitless as Amakhosi hung on for dear life to register their second league win.

Teams:

Kaizer Chiefs: 1-Rowen Fernandez, 29-Gary Goldstone (31-Cyril Nzama 18th), 6-Nhlanhla Kubeka, 5-Patrick Mabedi, 25-Marco Mthembu, 24-Isaac Mabotsa, 10-Stanton Fredericks, 22-Nhlanhla Mathebula (28-Patrick Muthu 46th), 18-Arthur Zwane, 9-Lucky Maselesele, 23-Jossias Macamo (12-Thabo Mooki 63rd).

Classic: 31-Ida Peterside, 5-Stanley Phakathi (34-Moffat Mofoka 29), 4-Clyde Mahlangu, 14-David Malatule, 24-Victor Nhlapo, 7-Johannes Khumalo, 15-Tumelo Mofokeng, 18-Wonderboy Siluma, 27-Tebogo Sehlalo (12-Ben Mandlazi 56th), 25-Abeyola Adebayo, 9-Ishmael Peega.

Referee: Ace Ngcobo