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IMPRESSIVE CITY PUT CHIEFS TO THE SWORD

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA – AUGUST 23: Nathan Fasika of Cape Town City celebrates a goal during the DStv Premiership match between Cape Town City FC and Kaizer Chiefs at DHL Stadium on August 23, 2022 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by EJ Langner/Gallo Images)

Cape Town City claimed a 2-0 win over Kaizer Chiefs in an entertaining DStv Premiership match at the iconic DHL Stadium on Tuesday night.

Therefore, the Citizens recorded their first victory of the season which elevated the team to the 12th spot on the league standings and they will now take on AmaZulu FC in the MTN8 quarterfinal clash on Saturday.

On the other hand, Amakhosi suffered their third away defeat of the campaign and they slipped down to the 10th spot on the standings ahead of the MTN8 quarterfinal encounter against Stellenbosch FC on Sunday.

Amakhosi would have been wary of Darwin Gonzalez who had scored his second goal of the season against Stellenbosch FC over the weekend. It took just five minutes for the Venezuelan attacker to break the deadlock as he turned home Thamsanqa Mkhize’s cross to hand City a 1-0 lead.

Chiefs responded by applying a bit of pressure on the home side and Kgaogelo Sekgota, who was looking lively on the left side of Amakhosi’s attack, forced goalkeeper Darren Keet into a decent save as the Soweto giants looked to restore parity. That proved to be Amakhosi’s only shot on target in the first half.

On the other hand, the Citizens looked dangerous whenever they pushed forward with Taahir Goedeman hitting the upright after the visitors’ defence was exposed. Njabulo Ngcobo then produced a crucial goal-line clearance from Wayde Lekay’s header and the score was 1-0 to City during the halftime break.

Chiefs came back rejuvenated following their halftime team talk with Zwane and they threatened first through in-form attacker Sekgota. The former South Africa youth international unleashed a shot which was saved by a well-positioned Keet as the visitors looked to level matters.

The hosts were awarded a free in a promising area after former Chiefs trialist Wayde Lekay was fouled. Khanyisa Mayo delivered a sublime free-kick into the Amakhosi box and Nathan Idumba Fasika scored with a towering header to extend City’s lead to 2-0 with Petersen well-beaten in the 62nd minute.

The momentum was Chiefs in the closing stages of the game with Keagan Dolly firing wide of the target from a good position, before the Amakhosi vice-captain’s effort was cleared off the goal-line by Fasika. City then took firm at the back and ultimately, they emerged as 2-0 winners having taken their chances in the enthralling match.

City (1) 2 (Gonzalez 5′, Fasika 62′)

Chiefs (0) 0

City: Keet, Mkhize (Van Heerden 75′), Mashego (Martin 75′), Fielies, Fasika, Mokeke, Goedeman (Mdantsane 74′), Ambina, Lekay (Nodada 84′), Darwin, Mayo (Bender 83′).

Chiefs: Petersen, Solomons, Nj. Ngcobo, Kwinika, Ngezana, Frosler (Mashiane 26′), Sithebe (Nkosingiphile Ngcobo 75′), Nange (Matlou 66′), Sekgota, Dolly, Billiat

SOURCED FROM THE PSL WEBSITE.

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