Kaizer Chiefs took a giant step towards regaining the Absa Premiership title as they earned a hard fought 1-0 win over the University of Pretoria at the Tuks Rugby Stadium on Tuesday. The hosts got out the starting blocks the quickest and dictated play in the early stages, however they failed to capitalise on their early dominance as Amakhosi began growing into the match and should have taken the lead in the 16th minute after a wonderful pass from Reneilwe Letsholonyane found George Lebese, but his shot bobbled wide of the mark. AmaTuks were quickly on the attack after that scare as Thabo Mnyamane reacted quickest after the Chiefs defence failed to clear the ball but Reyaad Pieterse, who started in place of the suspended Itumeleng Khune, did well to block his effort on goal.
Pieterse was at hand again in the 26th minute to keep out Thabo Mosadi’s shot at goal as the visitors had more of the ball, yet Pieterse was by far the busiest of the two keepers as it remained goalless at the break. Stuart Baxter’s men began the second half with more purpose and Lebese’s shot in the 48th minute tested Washington Arubi, but the keeper reacted well to make the save. Baxter’s boys intensified their play as they searched for a goal, though Sammy Troughton’s team were up to the task as they kept the visitors’ attacking force at bay, however they could do nothing to stop Siphiwe Tshabalala’s stunning free-kick as Chiefs broke the deadlock in the 70th minute.
The Naturena club withstood late pressure from Tuks as they held on for the win. The Soweto Glamour Boys move to 60 points and are now 13 points clear of Mamelodi Sundowns, although the Brazilians do have two games in hand.