Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela says the festive break could not have come at a more inconvenient time for his team after a second successive win propelled Amakhosi into second place on the Premier Soccer League (PSL) standings.
A late goal ensured a 1-0 victory over Ajax Cape Town at Two Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday night as Chiefs rounded off 2017 with a victory and now look ahead to a crunch meeting with SuperSport United on January 6‚ after a break of just a few days for the festive holidays.
"We hope we’ll keep up the momentum but we now have to go off for a minor recess and be back for the game against SuperSport," said Komphela.
"It feels more like an international break where you are just about to get your momentum and then there is a stoppage. We’ll have to come back again and try fight and get into SuperSport with the energy we showed against Ajax."
Chiefs had not won back-to-back matches since April and Saturday’s success was their first home victory of the season.
"In the first half, we made quite a number of entries [into the Ajax penalty area] but there was nothing to show [for it]‚" added Komphela.
"In the second half‚ I thought we should have made our lives a bit easier [by scoring] earlier but that’s the name of the game." Dumisani Zuma’s winner came with just five minutes left. "It was a beautiful goal‚" the coach said.
Baroka FC jumped to third spot on the PSL table after beating SuperSport 3-1 at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on Sunday.
Baroka are on 22 points, the same as Chiefs and Free State Stars and are behind Chiefs on goal difference. It was Baroka’s first victory in seven matches.
After an uneventful and even first half-hour, Baroka went ahead when Lucky Nguzana buried his shot in the back of the SuperSport net. Nguzana missed an easy chance early in the second half to double the lead, but it was United who scored with a fine header by Azibuike Egwuekwe.
Reyaad Pieterse, in excellent form in goal for United, could not stop Letladi Madubanya’s strike as the midfielder put Baroka in front for the second time with 17
minutes to go.
With SuperSport throwing numbers forward, Baroka managed to snatch a third goal on the counter as some great work by Talent Chawapiwa set up Mduduzi Mdantsane, who side-footed home to seal a 3-1 win for the hosts.
The KwaZulu-Natal derby between Maritzburg United and Golden Arrows ended in a goalless draw on Sunday.
Both sides missed many chances, with Maritzburg striker Mohau Mokate one of the main culprits and Knox Mutizwa of Arrows not far behind.
The teams are both on 18 points, with Maritzburg in ninth place on the log and Arrows 10th.