Kaizer Chiefs 1-0 Richards Bay: Ten-man Amakhosi outsmart Natal Rich Boys in Durban
Dillon Solomons, Kaizer Chiefs & Siyanda Msani, Richards Bay, August 2022
Dillon Solomons was the hero for the Glamour Boys as the speedy player scored the goal which earned the team the three points

Kaizer Chiefs showed courage as they claimed a 1-0 win over Richards Bay while playing the majority of the PSL match with 10 players at Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday night.

The only goal of the encounter was netted by Dillon Solomons in the second half and it was the Cape Town-born player's maiden goal for the Soweto giants. The Glamour Boys were reduced to 10 payers in the first after Yusuf Maart was shown a straight red card for denying the Natal Rich Boys a clear goalscoring opportunity.

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With newly signed centre forward Bonfils-Caleb Bimenyimana and striker Ashley du Preez unavailable, coach Arthur Zwane opted for speed in attack as pacey attackers Khama Billiat, Keagan Dolly and Kgaogelo Sekgota started as the front three. Chiefs were seeking redemption after being humiliated by Mamelodi Sundowns in their 4-0 defeat last weekend. 

On the other hand, Richards Bay were hoping to make it two wins in a row having secured a 1-0 win over Marumo Gallants last weekend and also maintaining their unbeaten record in their debut season in the top flight. Orlando Pirates loanee Nkanyiso Zungu was handed a starting berth by Natal Rich Boys' co-coaches Pitso Dladla and Vasilis Manousakis.

Richards Bay sat back and allowed Chiefs to dominate possession with the hosts looking to get in behind the visitors' defence. Amakhosi did get in behind the Natal Rich Boys' backline with Reever Frosler playing a through pass for Billiat who was superbly denied by goalkeeper Jamal Salim Magoola at the near post and Zitha Kwinika missed a sitter from close range. 

The Soweto giants were leaving spaces behind their defence when they were attacking and Katleho Makateng played a long pass for Sanele Barnes who was fouled by Yusuf Maart. Therefore, Maart was sent off for denying the visitors a clear goalscoring opportunity and Chiefs were reduced to 10 players.

Makateng was then presented with a golden opportunity to score after a mistake by goalkeeper Brandon Petersen, who had started ahead of Bruce Bvuma in goal. Somehow the Lesotho international fired wide of the target with only Petersen to beat and Chiefs survived a scare. The score was 0-0 during the half-time break.

Despite being numerically disadvantaged Amakhosi launched attacks after the restart with Zwane having introduced Njabulo Blom who brought stability to the hosts' midfield. The home side was awarded a penalty after Sibusiso Mthethwa had fouled Sekgota in the box and Dillon Solomons beat Magoola from 12 yards to hand Chiefs a 1-0 lead. 

The Natal Rich Boys reacted by applying pressure on Glamour Boys and they came very close to scoring when substitute Luvuyo Memela's top-notch cross found Barnes at the back post. However, Petersen produced a sublime save to deny the Richards Bay striker at his near post much to the delight of the Amakhosi fans inside the iconic stadium.

The visitors bombarded Amakhosi's box with long balls and crosses in the closing proceedings, but Petersen and his defence which was marshalled by Njabulo Ngcobo dealt well with the aerial balls. Ultimately, Chiefs emerged as 1-0 winners after containing Richards Bay and the win took them to the eighth spot in the league standings ahead of their clash with Cape Town City on Tuesday.