Posted: 22 April 2015
Time: 7:12 pm
Kaizer Chiefs will be crowned Absa Premiership champions on May 9 after an accomplished 4-1 victory over Polokwane City on Wednesday night.
George Lebese, Bernard Parker and a Matthew Rusike brace secured the win that took Amakhosi to the League title, with their 63 points now unattainable by second-placed Mamelodi Sundowns.
Rendani Ndou scored a consolation goal for the visitors, who gave as good as they had but were simply outclassed by a superior team.
Chiefs meant business from the get-go and pressed Polokwane City hard in the opening stages, forcing turnovers in an end-to-end first half.
Matthew Rusike made the first chance of thee game with an excellent run down the right channel before crossing to an unmarked Lebese at the far post, but the midfielder headed well over under no pressure.
Rusike then had a great chance to score when played through by Reneilwe Letsholonyane but his first touch was poor as the striker stumbled over and goalkeeper Modiri Marumo gathered.
But Lebese showed no such weakness in the 27th minute when he timed his run to perfection, cushioned Willard Katsande’s precise pass on the thigh and buried into the bottom-left corner with his weaker right foot. 1-0.
Four minutes later it was 2-0 and the celebrations could start early as Marumo’s punch ricocheted off Mulomowandau Mathoho’s shoulder, against Cole Alexander’s heel and then fell at the feet of Bernard Parker, who gratefully bulged an empty net.
Chiefs made a half-time substitute as Lebese was taken off as a precaution for Mandla Masango, but it didn’t affect the team at all as they went 3-0 up just 10 minutes into the second half.
Siphiwe Tshabalala was the architect, beating his man down the right flank and cutting the ball back with his weaker right foot to Rusike, who smashed the ball with power into the roof of the net, giving Marumo no chance.
Two minutes later Rendani Ndou pulled one back for City with arguably the goal of the game, curling in a beauty from the edge of the area with his right foot past a stranded Reyaad Pieterese.
But the party was truly started with only 65 minutes gone at FNB Stadium as Rusike made it 4-1, heading home Tshabalala’s inswinging freekick from the right to seal his brace. The Zimbabwean left the field to a standing ovation from the Amakhosi fans.
In truth, Chiefs missed several other chances and could easily have scored more goals in the night as the likes of Parker, Masango and Siphelele Mthembu missed further chances, but it mattered little in the end.
Kaizer Chiefs are confirmed as the 2014/15 Absa Premiership champions with 63 points from 27 games. Chiefs will be handed the trophy at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth on May 9 after their final League game against Chippa United.