Kaizer Chiefs set a new Premier Soccer League record by winning their 15th consecutive match in all competitions with a 1-0 Absa Premiership win against Ajax Cape Town in the Mother City on Sunday. In the 17th minute Brilliant Khuzwayo was forced into action from a Bantu Mzwakali free kick that found the target but the keeper was up to it to force a corner. Twenty two minutes later Thabiso Nkoana might have put the Urban Warriors in the lead when Mzwakali dispossessed Willard Katsande and set the striker up who was felled by Morgan Gould when closing in on goal.
Those were the two best chances of the half as the break arrived with the match still scoreless. Tefu Mashamaite gave Stuart Baxter’s men the advantage after heading home a Siphiwe Tshabalala free kick in the 49th minute. Tshabalala’s perfectly whipped in free kick from the right was won by Mashamaite and Anssi Jaakkola had no chance.
Tshabalala played in George Maluleka two minutes later and with the home defence hot on his heels the former Urban Warrior attempted a shot from range that was never going to trouble Jaakkola. A minute later Tashreeq Morris had a chance to equalise but his header went wide of Khuzwayo. As Roger De Sa’s side pressed for the equaliser, Nkoana found himself with time on the ball inside the area but also sent his effort wide.
The in-form Reneilwe Letsholonyane took a shot from outside the area which was laid back by Tshabalala but it did not trouble the keeper with 30 minutes left on the clock. It was end to end stuff as Mzwakali attempted a shot from range but Khuzwayo made the save diving to his left to grab the ball a minute later. Jaakkola made another important save during a goalmouth scramble in the 70th minute but De Sa’s side kept Baxter’s boys at bay.
Amakhosi sustained their lead and moved ten points clear at the top of the table after yet another victory by the time the final whistle blew. The previous record of 14 straight wins was held by Mamelodi Sundowns.