Midfielder Stanton Fredericks scored a brilliant second half goal to give Kaizer Chiefs a 1-0 victory against Golden Arrows at Ellis Park on Wednesday night as Amakhosi moved from 12th position eight on the log.
Following a slow start in the first half, where Chiefs looked shaky in midfield and blunt in attack, the home side returned with renewed hope in the second half following the introduction of Jossias Macamo and Nhlanhla Mathebula for Lucky Maselesele and Thabo Mooki respectively.
A well taken corner by Macamo in 57 minutes was complimented by a brilliant header as Fredericks rose above the Arrows defence to put Chiefs in the lead.
The Phefeni Glamour Boys welcomed Arrows at Ellis Park after managing only two victories from seven matches at this venue and were under pressure to produce positive results following a disappointing weekend in Venda. It was their third encounter against Arrows since the promotion of the Durban side.
The visitors came in high spirits with the knowledge that their hosts had never beaten then in league duels. It was Arrows who raised eyebrows when they beat Chiefs 3-1 in their first encounter last season and forced a goalless draw in the return leg.
Chiefs also had to contend with the fact tat they had only managed to win three of their seven league matches played at this venue.
Jabu Pule was missing in action due to injury but Stanton Fredericks was there to direct the proceedings in the middle of the park with veteran Mooki. Maselesele led the attack with Kenny Niemach while Rodney Thobejane was given a run in defence in the absence of suspended Cyril Nzama.
Both Mooki and Maselesele never returned after te break as they made way for Nhlanhla Mathebula and Jossias Macamo respectively. Mathebula’s arrival stabilised the Amakhosi midfield while Macamo sharpened the attack.
Niemach caused an uproar on 35 minutes following a great delievery from Fredericks. Instead of going for the easier option, which would have been to head goalwards, Niemach tried to chest-control, allowing the Arrows defence time to clear their lines and the supporters were not impressed as they immediately called for his replacement.
Niemach stayed on the field until late in the second half when he was replaced by Luke Petros. As the tall striker left the field 12 minutes before the end, the supporters hurled some unsavory words at the BP Top Eight semifinal hero following his disappointing performance on the night.
A short corner between Bonang Ngaka and Tshepo Ntsoane set Lucky Sibeko free who twisted and turned the Chiefs defence before shooting wide.
Fredericks got the crowd excited with his long range shot on 18 minutes, which got the best out of Chansa as he fisted the ball for a corner.
A great work by Macamo who laid the ball to second half substitute Luke Petros but the Zimbabwean was denied by Chansa.
Chiefs will now travel to Free State over the weekend for a clash against Stars hping to continue where they left off against Arrows.
Kaizer Chiefs: 1-Rowen Fernandez, 5-Patrick Mabed, 24-Isaac Mabotsa, 3-Rodney Thobejane, 6-Nhlanhla Kubeka, 18-Arthur Zwane, 25-Marco Mthembu, 10-Stanton Fredericks, 12-Thabo Mooki (Nhlanhla Mathebula 46th), 9-Lucky Maselesele (Jossias MAcamo 46th), 20-Kenny Niemach (Luke Petros 72nd).
Golden Arrows: 44-Francis Chansa, 4-Thulani Ndlovu, 16-Nhlanhla Mncube, 28-Shaldon Roux, 22-Jonas Mavimbela (Michel Ncube 48th), 5-Carlos Baute, 24-Tekano Ledimo (Lumkelo Makhanya 67th), 6-Xolani Phakathi (Jason Lakay 51st), 2-Tshepo Ntsoane, 30-Bonang Ngaka, 10-Lucky Sibeko.
Referee: Ronny Marhule.