Benni’s City suffer first defeat
Bhongolwethu Jayiya of Kaizer Chiefs battles for the ball with Vincent Kobola of Cape Town City during the Absa Premiership 2017/18 football match between Cape Town City FC and Kaizer Chiefs at Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town on 13 September 2017 ©Chris Ricco/BackpagePix
Wednesday Sep 13, 2017. 21:47
Cape Town City’s winning start to the Absa Premiership season was brought to an abrupt end as Kaizer Chiefs registered a 2-0 win at Cape Town Stadium on Wednesday evening.
Goals from Siphiwe Tshabalala and Wiseman Meyiwa guiding the Amakhosi to their first win of the campaign, as Benni McCarthy suffered his first defeat since taking over the reins at City.
The Citizens showed their intent from the onset with Teko Modise blasting a powerful shot inches over the crossbar in the eight minute.
He, though, would be forced off the field 10 minutes later due to injury – a big blow for the hosts – as Chiefs started to find their rhythm.
Bhongolwethu Jayiya going close to finding the opener against his former employers. The forward seeing his shot onto the woodwork in the 34th minute of the game.
Chiefs ended the half on the front foot and duly opened the scoring two minutes following the interval. Tshabalala keeping his cool inside the area before firing a low shot past Sage Stephens in the City goal.
The Citizens responded with wave-after-wave of attack with Ayanda Patosi and Lehlohonolo Majoro going close. The latter denied by man-of-the-match Itumeleng Khune on two occasions, with the goalkeeper reminding the country why he is Bafana Bafana’s number one.
With City pressing forward they were vulnerable at the back and Chiefs finally doubled their lead in the 82nd minute of the match. Meyiwa – the youngest man to start a game for Chiefs at 17 years of age – making no mistake from close range.
Victory moves Chiefs up to ninth as City slip to fifth having squandered a chance to move clear atop the log standings.
Cape Town City (0) 0
Kaizer Chiefs (0) 2 (Tshabalala 47′ Meyiwa 82′)
Cape Town City:Stephens; Edmilson, Johannes, Gumede, Kobola (Mkhize 78′) – Nodada, Matsi, Modise (Masina 18′) – Lakay (Moseamedi 71′), Patosi, Majoro
Kaizer Chiefs: Khune; Moleko, Gordinho, Cardoso, Zulu, Katsande, Maluleka, Meyiwa (Buchanan 89′), Jayiya (Twala 68′), Tshabalala, Páez (Parker 76′)