Abraw fires Chiefs to win over Aces

A first half header by Camaldine Abraw saw Kaizer Chiefs making it two wins against the same team in less than a week when they beat Black Aces 1-0 and bagged their third victory of the Absa Premiership on Tuesday night at FNB Stadium.

Amakhosi started on a low as they defended too deep, allowing the visitors too much space and time on the ball. However, Muhsin Ertugral’s men failed to get something despite being in control.

Following the victory, Amakhosi move to position four on the Absa Premiership log standings with 14 points and will head to the Soweto derby to face rivals Orlando Pirates in high spirits, while Ertugral’s men are placed in the third spot with 15 points.

As early as the ninth minute, Aces nearly beat man of the match Itumeleng Khune when midfielder Lebogang Manyama took a shot which deflected off Erick Mathoho, with the keeper diving to the other direction but it went over the posts for a corner.

However, after 20 minutes, Amakhosi regained control of the proceedings and made good moves forward in search of opener, with George Lebese delivering great crosses in search of Edward Manqele and Abraw. However, Shu-Aib Walters stood his ground and collected with ease.

Just after 30 minutes of action, Steve Komphela’s men received a free kick and skipper Siphiwe Tshabalala played it short with Lebese, who delivered a cross to the Togolese forward.

Abraw netted with ease in the 32nd minute with a beautiful header, beating Walters as they went to the interval leading 1-0.

In the second stanza, Muhsin Ertugral rung the changes and introduced Mpho Matsi for Vincent Kobola, hoping to trouble the defending league champions.

In the 63rd minute Abraw nearly bagged his brace when he released a thunderbolt away from the box. Walters punched the ball back to action and defender Ashraf Hendricks cleared the danger.

However, six minutes later a cross from Thabo Nonyane was met by an intelligent back heel by Sibusiso Masina and he nearly stunned Khune on his near post, but the ball went wide.

Aces moved forward with purpose and kept Khune busy when he made a brilliant save to punch a deflected cross from the left at his near post.

As Aces enjoyed the ball possession, the Bafana Bafana net minder was invited to make another save when he denied Collins Mbesuma following a powerful header.

Khune won the accolade as the man of the match and stood between the visitors and their equalising goal, allowing the host to take the full three points.

Kaizer Chiefs (1) 1 (Abraw 32’)

Black Aces 0

Chiefs: Khune, Gaxa, Bukenya, Mathoho, Masilela, Tshabalala, Baloyi, Letsholonyane (Katsande 67’), Lebese (Maluleka 73’), Abraw, Manqele (Parker 77’)

Aces: Walters, Kobola (Matsi 46’), Mzava, Hendricks, Nonyane, Khuboni, Mashikinya (Modiba 61’), Manyama, Tukane, S. Masina (Moseamedi 81’), Mbesuma