Possibly Kaizer Chiefs have lastly discovered a approach out of the woods.
This tough-fought 1-Zero DStv Premiership win over AmaZulu at Kings Park in Durban on Wednesday afternoon was hardly spectacular but it surely dragged them away from the relegation zone.
With this second victory‚ which got here after 10 league matches‚ Chiefs have moved from third from the underside to the center of the desk with 10 factors and it additionally eases stress on coach Gavin Hunt.
This end result additionally signifies that Chiefs have registered their first home win since October 27 after they beat Chippa United 1-Zero within the league in a run that lasted for 9 matches.
Although they struggled within the league‚ Chiefs have executed nicely within the Caf Champions League by qualifying for the group phases with mixture wins over PWD Bamenda of Cameroon and Primeiro de Agosto of Angola.
AmaZulu‚ whose first shot on track got here after 75 minutes‚ and their coach Benni McCarthy stay in the course of the desk, 14 factors behind champions and leaders Mamelodi Sundowns however with a number of work to do to revive their marketing campaign.
Since he joined the membership‚ McCarthy has overseen a win‚ draw and loss in his first three matches and stress will start to mount quickly in the event that they don’t get the specified outcomes.
AmaZulu had been fortunate to proceed with 11 gamers after Thembela Sikhakhane acquired away with solely a yellow card for a harmful stamping on Comfortable Mashiane inside three minutes.
Chiefs took the lead after 11 minutes by means of a close-range effort from Samir Nurković who discovered the again of the web for the primary time of a season principally spent nursing an harm.
Dumisani Zuma delivered a telling cross that rebounded off AmaZulu midfielder Siyethemba Sithebe on the sting of the penalty field to Nurković‚ who pounced.
Nurković shook AmaZulu as they began to create half-chances of their very own‚ with the likes of Expertise Chawapiwa‚ Sphelele Mthembu and Augustine Mulenga on the forefront.
Shortly earlier than the break‚ referee Philangenkosi Khumalo issued yellow playing cards to Nurković and Tapelo Xoki after they had been concerned in a head-butting incident.
A couple of minutes after the restart‚ the results of Sikhakhane’s unsporting sort out on Mashiane had the ultimate say as he limped off the sphere and was changed by Lazarous Kambole.
Simply after the hour mark‚ AmaZulu got here inside inches of equalising when Xoki’s header flew agonisingly extensive of the upright after he related with a free-kick from Sithebe.
Amakhosi might be seeking to proceed their successful run on Saturday after they go to Cape City Metropolis within the Mom Metropolis whereas Usuthu might be seeking to return again to successful methods after they welcome Maritzburg United on Sunday.