Kaizer Chiefs Claim Bragging Rights After beating Orlando Pirates In Soweto Derby
Kaizer Chiefs claimed the bragging rights over the old enemy Orlando Pirates after winning the 100th Soweto Derby 1-0 at the FNB Stadium on Sunday.
Samir Nurkovic punished the slack Pirates defending to give the Amakhosi the victory that moves them to the ninth position on Dstv Premiership table while Orlando Pirates remained fourth with 35 points.
The first half failed to produce any real fireworks with both teams squandering possession in the final third of the field.
The home side saw more of the ball in the first half, but their decision making let them down and chances on goal were at a bare minimum.
Pirates, on the other hand, looked a little disjointed and were unable to muster any real attacking moves.
Consequently, neither team could find the back of the net before the half time whistle.
The second half started slowly with the first real attempt on goal coming in the 49th minute when Hotto met a cross from Pule, but he headed over the Chiefs goal.
The Amakhosi broke the deadlock on the 54th minute with Nurkovic sending a stunning overhead kick that looped over Mpontshane for his second goal of the season.
That goal had been part of a bright start from the Amakhosi, but Pirates seized the initiative as the half wore on.
Mela should have found an equalizer on the hour mark when drove forward past Chiefs defence but saw his stinging shot from the edge of the box well-saved by Akpeyi.
Midfielder Philani Zulu had a late chance to extend Chiefs lead , but blasted over from the edge of the box after excellent work from Kambole.
The Buccaneers tried to respond and in the fifth minute of stoppage time, Hlatshwayo had a chance just inside the area but dragged his shot wide.