Kaizer Chiefs ended their winless five year streak in the ABSA Premiership against bitter rivals Orlando Pirates.
Chiefs beat Pirates 3-2 in a five goal thriller to extend Amakhosi’s lead at the summit of the log.
This was Amakhosi’s second win in a row over Pirates, after beating their rivals on penalties in the Telkom Knockout quarter-finals in Durban last weekend.
Kaizer Chiefs went into the match as favourites after winning the Telkom Knockout quarter-final clash between the two sides in Durban a week ago.
Amakhosi enjoyed a healthy seven point lead at the top, after managing five wins in a row.
On the other hand the struggling Orlando Pirates who found themselves ninth on the log after ten matches, had only registered one win in the last five league outings.
Chiefs made just one change to the team that started against their arch-rivals in the last derby, with Pirates forced to reshuffle their defence following the suspension of their captain Happy Jele as well as right back Mthokizisi Dube.
Bucs started on a back foot after stand-in captain Ntsikelelo scored an own goal in the opening minute when he tried to pass his keeper Wayne Sandilands.
Two minutes later Fortune Makaringe was denied by the upright after a good strike.
But Chiefs did not take their foot off the pedal in search of another goal.
It came as no suprise when Leonardo Castro made it 2-nil from a corner with his second goal of the season.
Winger Vincent Pule pulled one back for Pirates with a brilliant free kick seven minutes before the break.
Bafana Bafana winger Thembinkosi Lorch fluffed a golden opportunity to level the score with Chiefs keeper Daniel Akpeyi at his mercy.
Minutes later Pirates were denied by the woodwork for the third time on the match with Akpeyi nowhere to be seen.
Malawian Gabadinho Mhango finally scored the much needed equaliser for Pirates in the 59th minute.
Sandilands made a double save twenty two minutes before regulation time to keep his side in the game.
Late in the second half Lorch went for glory instead of passing a better positioned teammate who could have given Pirates a much deserved lead.
Bernard Parker was brought down inside the box by youngster Paseka Mako with only eight minutes remaining.
Defender Daniel Cardoso stepped and restored his club’s lead.
Then there was drama late in the match when Chiefs were reduced to ten men after Eric Mathoho was shown a red card for pushing a Pirates player in an off the ball incident.
Substitute Tshegofatso Mabasa passed Akpeyi instead of scoring in the dying seconds of the match.
— Official PSL (@OfficialPSL) November 9, 2019
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