Stunning Maart wins Soweto derby for Chiefs

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Yusuf Maart scored a sensational long-range goal to give the Kaizer Chiefs a 1-0 win over Soweto derby rivals Orlando Pirates in a contested DStv Premiership clash at FNB Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Maart’s magnificent strike handed the Amakhosi a fourth straight official win over the Buccaneers – something they haven’t achieved since winning six in a row in the early 1990s – and saw them leapfrog their rivals in third place in the log with 21 points. The Pirates dropped to fifth place with 19 points.

The Bucs were the more aggressive team early on and created the first clear chance in the fourth minute, with Kermit Erasmus on Monnapule Saleng’s start on the right side of the penalty area, but the weak effort from the attacking from a tight angle was blocked by the legs of goalkeeper Brandon Petersen.

The Chiefs quickly settled into the game and began dominating possession, creating half chances for Keagan Dolly (whose deflected effort was deflected by Siyabonga Mpontshane) and Khama Billiat (who couldn’t get a clean connection at the far post from Dillon Solomons’ cross) inside the opening quarter-hour.

Billiat had another chance just after the middle of the first half when he met Dolly’s free kick from the left flank, but his header flashed high and away from the target.

The Pirates then suffered a blow when defender Innocent Maela appeared to come to a halt with a hamstring strain, necessitating the introduction of Paseka Mako as a 28th-minute substitute.

The next threat on goal came from Erasmus just after the half-hour mark, the Pirates striker turning away from a few defenders outside the box before sending a skidding left-footed effort wide wide of the brand.

The Chiefs created two great chances to take the lead in the 34th and 36th minutes, both of which put the quick Ashley Du Preez behind Olisa Ndah, but both times the striker was denied one-on-one by the goalkeeper Mpontshane.

Amakhosi’s dominance in the first half prompted a double change early in the second stanza for the Buccaneers, who introduced Fortune Makaringe and Kabelo Dlamini in an attempt to regain control.

Yet the all-black side were forced into another injury change just before the hour mark when Goodman Mosele succumbed to what appeared to be a knee problem, with Ben Motshwari parachuting into central midfield.

In the 61st minute, Pirates’ attack finally clicked again, as Mako’s run from the left led to a goal sight for Erasmus, who sent a shot through a crowd of defenders and wide wide. from Peterson’s left post.

The stalemate was broken in extraordinary fashion in the 74th minute, as Chiefs’ Yusuf Maart scored one of the greatest goals in Soweto derby history.

The ball was stolen in the middle of the park and mixed into Maart, who spotted Mpontshane off his line and went for goal a few yards inside his own half – the ball drifted perfectly out of the way of the keeper and gave the Amakhosi a deserved lead.

The Pirates looked for a quick response as shots from Saleng and Motshwari deflected off target, but those hopeful efforts were as close as they came to finding an equaliser, as the Chiefs saw the rest of the game with fierce determination in defence.

The Pirates will then be in action on Saturday November 5 when they take on AmaZulu in the MTN8 Final, while the Chiefs’ next match will be against the Buccaneers in the new Carling Black Label Cup on Saturday November 12.

Orlando Pirates 0

Kaizer Chiefs (0) 1 (Maart 74′)

Hacker: Mpontshane, Monyane (Peprah 80′), Ndah, Sibisi, Maela (Mako 28′), Saleng, Mosele (Motshwari 59′), Ndlondlo, Hotto (Makaringe 46′), Lepasa (Dlamini 46′), Erasmus

Chiefs: Petersen, Solomons (Frosler 84′), Kwinika, Edmilson, Hlanti, Blom, Maart (Sithebe 84′), Nk. Ngcobo, Dolly, Billiat (Alexander 79′), Du Preez (Sekgota 69′)

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