Kaizer Chiefs Start CAF Campaign With A Win

Kaizer Chiefs clinched a 2-1 victory over Township Rollers in a one-sided CAF Confederation Cup encounter at the FNB Stadium on Saturday night.  The Soweto giants drew first blood as early as the sixth minute through Matthew Rusike.  The 24-year old linked up with Bernard Parker to have the home fans smiling.

It was all things black and gold heading to the half hour mark as Stuart Baxter’s troops kept creating a series of unanswered chances.  Popa-Popa glued their disjointed attempts and initiated a counter in the 25th minute but Itumeleng Khune was quick off his line to minimise the danger.  Rusike came close to finding a brace in the 42nd minute but his diving header kissed the crossbar.

Only one goal came inside the first 45 despite the match being played at a high tempo.  Madinda Ndlovu’s men leveled matters in the 46th minute through star-performer Segolame Boy.  Baxter gave his side a face lift in the 55th minute as George Lebese and Siphiwe Tshabalala were replaced by Mandla Masango and George Maluleka.

The latter came close to scoring in the 71st minute but his attempt was deflected for a corner.  The Glamour Boys continued with their dominant display but failed to regain their lead until the last minute of the match when Tefo Mashamaite’s header made it 2-1 to provide a fairy tale end to give the South African outfit a well deserved victory over their Botswana counterparts.

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