Mphahlele provides to superb Ellis Park reminiscences as Chiefs win

It was a return Ramahlwe Mphahlele would have needed – main Kaizer Chiefs from the again to a 1-0 win over Sekhukhune United in a DStv Premiership match at Emirates Airlines Park (previously Ellis Park) on Saturday afternoon. 

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In the build-up to the sport, Mphahlele had advised of the fond reminiscences he had of the venue the place he made his skilled debut some 16 years in the past.

Then a 16-year-old, Mphahlele helped Moroka Swallows to a 1-0 win over Orlando Pirates by offering an help. 

Now, the 32-year-old defender scored the one objective to assist Chiefs preserve their possibilities of qualifying for Caf competitions subsequent season alive. 

The recreation was performed at a  pedestrian tempo, with neither aspect getting any rhythm going within the early exchanges. Sekhukhune regarded the extra unsettled and couldn’t even string three passes collectively with out dropping possession – the identical might nonetheless be stated for Chiefs.

The solely vibrant issue within the recreation was the singing of the followers who have been out in respectable numbers and in jolly moods. 

It was maybe comprehensible for Chiefs to battle to get going with at the very least three of their common starters unavailable for the sport. 

Keagan Dolly suffered a calf pressure he suffered in coaching and was dominated out. Kearyn Baccus was additionally out with a knee damage which the staff had hoped he would get better from in time for the sport.

Phathutshedzo Nange was additionally a notable absentee as he serves a one match ban after receiving his fourth yellow card towards Mamelodi Sundowns final week. 

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But with all that stated, Amakhosi began getting higher in direction of the tip of the primary half, with Khama Billiat carrying the staff up entrance. 

He was introduced down within the thirty eighth minute, he obtained up and took the resultant free kick. The 31-year-old obtained up and curled the free kick, a Sekhukhune defender tried to defend however headed it towards Mphahlele who made no mistake. 

Mphahlele’s preliminary header hit the crossbar, however the ball ricocheted off him and over the road. 

Babina Noko got here again for the second half a greater staff, and began stamping some authority of their play, and pinning Chiefs again a bit of. They created a couple of probabilities. But additionally they had some scares as Chiefs tried to catch them on a counter a couple of occasions. 

Chiefs host relegation threatened Swallows FC of their final recreation at FNB Stadium subsequent weekend. 

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