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Chiefs beat 'Rabbits', move up


Kaizer Chiefs moved up to second place on the Castle Premiership log courtesy of a 2-0 win over Benoni Premier United at Loftus Versfeld on Sunday afternoon.

The 'Amakhosi's dominant display was a cut above the 'Rabbits', with Gert Schalwyk, Siyabonga Nkosi, Scara Ngobese and co. tormenting their East Rand opposition.

Of course, Chiefs at home was always going to be tough assignment for the 'Rabbits', but the 'Amakhosi' attacked from the kick-off and were unlucky not to edge ahead in the opening 10 minutes when Gert Schalwyk's shot was cleared off the goalline by Tshepo Masilela.

In the 17th minute Schalkwyk spurned a great chance, blasting wide after latching on to a ball into the box from the brilliant Nkosi.

The 'Rabbits' rallied well after the early scares, however, and took advantage of the home side's cavalier swagger and created two opportunities of their own. United's Bernard Parker brought the best out of Chiefs goalkeeper Rowan Fernandez, whose outstretched boot saved any blushes for the 'Amakhosi'.

The roving Sello Mhlambi caused more headaches for Fernandez when his 28th minute free-kick rattled the woodwork, but again the home team's keeper was able to maintain a clean sheet.

Mhlambi made Fernandez work again ealy in the second half when the 'keeper was forced to parry a wicked shot from inside the 18-yard area.

But Chiefs then began to find their rhythm and Scara Ngobese's 61st minute rifled shot from the edge of the box found the back of the visitors net, which immediately settled the nerves of the expectant Loftus crowd.

Ngobese turned provider five munites later when his defence-splitting pass found Kaizer Motaung, Jnr., who duly doubled the lead to seal an important victory and the well-deserved three points.

Chiefs, however, visit Jomo Cosmos on January 20 in the next round of the league and will be looking to put more pressure on Silver Stars who are on top of the PSL standings.

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Sunday, January 20
Castle Premiership

Pirates v Sallows 
Kick-off: 3.45pm
Venue: Ellis Park

January 14
Castle Premiership
Won 1-0 v Silver Stars
Venue: Germiston Stadium

January 10
Castle Premiership
Lost 0-1 v Supersport
Venue:
 Loftus Stadium

Sunday, January 7
Castle Premiership
Draw 2-2 v Leopards
Venue:
Germiston Stadium

Wednesday, December 20
Castle Premiership
Won 1-0 v AmaZulu
Venue: Princess Magogo

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