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Mbesuma Keeps Chiefs Title Dreams Alive 26/04/05
A late goal right at the death by Zambian striker Collins Mbesuma gave Kaizer Chiefs three vital points in their match against Wits University at the Olympia Park Stadium on Tuesday night.

The game seemed to be headed for a 0-0 draw, which would probably have been a fair reflection of the night's play, with both teams having their fair share of chances on goal.

However, Chiefs had other ideas as they earned themselves an 88th minute penalty after Wits keeper Wayne Roberts had brought down Simpiwe Mbambo inside the box.

Mbesuma displayed the necessary nerves to bury the ball in the back of the net, at the same time increasing his lead at the top of the goal-scoring charts over Sandile Ndlovu to two.

Chiefs had started the game well and in the 13th minute John Shoes Moshoeu saw his free kick well saved by Roberts.

Nine minutes later the Clever Boys had their first chance of the game when Alois Bunjira headed straight at Amakhosi shot stopper Rowen Fernandez, while shortly afterwards Moshoeu again had a shot saved by Roberts.

Just before the half-time break, midfielder Benson Mhlongo, making a welcome return to the Wits side after a long injury lay-off, wasted a chance to score when he headed straight at Fernandez.

In the 55th minute Clever Boys striker Etienne Bito'o also tested Fernandez, who was again equal to the task.

Ten minutes later Roger de Sa's men thought they had grabbed the lead through Regan Noble, only to have the effort ruled offsides.

In the 72nd minute Amakhosi also had the ball in the back of the net through Mbesuma, but he was also adjudged to have been in an illegal position.

Then, with just two minutes left on the clock, Chiefs were given a lifeline when Roberts conceded the spot kick, leaving Mbesuma to seal the three points.

The result sees Ted Dumitru's men remain in third position (behind Sundowns on goal difference), but with games in hand on log leaders Orlando Pirates and Downs, Chiefs are now in a great position to defend their league title, especially if they can take at least a point off Bucs in Saturday's huge Soweto derby.

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