Kaizer Chiefs 2-0 Sekhukhune United: Impressive Amakhosi leapfrop Orlando Pirates
Cheslyn Jampies of Sekhukhune United FC challenges Nkosingiphile Ngcobo of Kaizer Chiefs, December 2021
Nkosingiphile Ngcobo produced a Man of the Match performance as a sharp-looking Glamour Boys side claimed a comfortable win

Kaizer Chiefs marked their return to action with a well-deserved 2-0 victory over Sekhukhune United in a PSL match at FNB Stadium on Sunday night.

Goals from Nkosingiphile Ngcobo and Phathutshedzo Nange inspired Amakhosi to their seventh win of the season in the league. The Glamour Boys leapfrogged their arch-rivals Orlando Pirates on the PSL standings and they are now 12 points behind leaders, Mamelodi Sundowns.

Despite their camp having been hit by Covid-19, Chiefs were able to field a team made up of players with top-flight experience. Siyabonga Ngezana, Siphosakhe Ntiya-Ntiya and Leonardo Castro all made their first start of the season as Amakhosi returned to action for the first time since November 28.

Sekhukhune coach Macdonald Makhubela named a very attack-minded side with Prince Nxumalo and Thabo Rakhale among the five attackers who were starting. Babina Noko were determined to return to winning ways after losing 1-0 to Marumo Gallants on Wednesday.

Both teams started the game brightly with Ngcobo looking lively and he fired Amakhosi's first shot at goal. His curling shot from range went narrowly wide of goalkeeper Toaster Nsabata's right upright and at the other end, Rakhale's goal-bound shot was superbly saved by keeper Daniel Akpeyi. 

Ngcobo did open the scoring five minutes before the half-hour mark as the diminutive player netted his first goal of the season. The South Africa youth international received a pass from Njabulo Blom, before curling the ball into the bottom right corner from outside the visitors' box to hand Chiefs a 1-0 lead.

Amakhosi then controlled the game very well after taking the lead with Blom seeing a lot of the ball in the middle of the park as the hosts starved Babina Noko of possession and the score 1-0 to Chiefs during the half-time break.

The hosts continued to dominate the match after the restart with Blom hitting the side-netting with Nsabata well-beaten and Castro's header went inches wide of the target having connected with Bernard Parker's free-kick.

Chiefs, who were under the guidance of assistant coach Arthur Zwane with the club's head coach Stuart Baxter absent, made a double substitution eight minutes after the hour-mark - introducing Erick Mathoho and Kgaogelo Sekgota.

Nsabata pulled off a great save to deny Ngcobo, who was looking to grab his brace with another curling shot from range. The Zambian shot-stopper then made another fine stop to deny Castro with the Soweto giants looking to kill off the match. 

Pressure mounted on Babina Noko and Nsabata made a costly mistake as he gave away possession. Sekgota then quickly set Ngcobo, who then played a pass to Nange and the central midfielder scored with a simple tap in to make it 2-0 to Chiefs in the 87th minute.

The goal sealed Chiefs' impressive 2-0 win and the victory elevated the team to second place on the league standings ahead of their clash with Royal AM on December 19. Sekhukhune slipped down to sixth place after losing to Amakhosi and they will now face SuperSport United on December 18.