Goals by recent New Zealand signing Jeremy Brockie and Dove Wome sink Amakhosi
NEW ZEALAND import Jeremy Brockie scored the opening goal of the game and Dove Wome added a second as SuperSport United ended Kaizer Chiefs’ unbeaten run after 19 games with a 2-0 win in Polokwane last night – and in the process threw open the championship chase.
Chiefs are now only 10 points ahead of nearest challengers Bidvest Wits, having had five points shaved off the lead they enjoyed last week when the league restarted after the break.
Brockie, with a second goal in as many games for his new club, took advantage of a defensive slip by Mulomowandau Mathoho to open the scoring three minutes into the second half.
A high ball went over the head of the giant defender to allow Brockie, signed last month, to squeeze home a header at the back post.
The goal galvanised the game after a slow first half, with Chiefs having several good chances to equalise through a much better second half.
But they failed to find the net and were caught in stoppage time at the end of the game as Thuso Phala set up Wome for the second goal.
Before that Bernard Parker had rattled an upright of the SuperSport goal and Tefu Mashamaite saw a header go agonisingly wide, but Amakhosi found their fortune had run out.
It has been a rocky start to the year for Chiefs, who drew at Bloemfontein Celtic last weekend and only beat Botswana’s Township Rollers with a last-gasp goal in the African Champions League last Saturday.
Without Reneilwe Letsholonyane, whose father died on Monday night and who went home to be with his family, Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter switched his formation to three centre backs and two high-lying wingbacks.
Initially, he had Mandla Masango on the right and Tsepo Masilela on the left but Masilela broke down in the warm-up, which meant Siboniso Gaxa went to the left-hand side instead.
SuperSport countered by playing two strikers and two wingers and sought to push back Chiefs but took a while to combat the quick pace of the league leaders when they had the ball.
The first half saw neither goalkeeper troubled, although Masango had a good chance on the right when Parker slipped him a clever pass while, at the other end, Phala was caught offside by Morgan Gould’s quick thinking so that when Brockie put Phala’s pass into the net, the flag was already up from the linesman.