Kaizer Chiefs 3-0 Maritzburg United: Amakhosi secure first PSL win ahead of Mamelodi Sundowns clash
Keagan Dolly, Kaizer Chiefs & Rowan Human, Maritzburg United, August 2022
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Stand-in captain Keagan Dolly led the Soweto giants to a victory over a hapless Team of Choice side at the iconic FNB Stadium

Kaizer Chiefs proved too strong for Maritzburg United on matchday two of the 2022-23 PSL season as they claimed an impressive 3-0 win on Tuesday night.

Amakhosi had a two-goal lead at half-time with Ashley du Preez and Keagan Dolly having netted in the first half. Teenage sensation Mduduzi Shabalala sealed Amakhosi's victory in stoppage time in what was his second official appearance for the club's first team, and the Soweto giants registering their maiden win of the campaign.

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With his side having started the new season with a disappointing 1-0 loss to Royal AM on Saturday, Arthur Zwane made two changes to the starting line-up as the Chiefs coach handed Dillon Solomons and George Matlou their full debuts for the Glamour Boys.

While Maritzburg were also hoping to secure their first win of the season after drawing 1-1 with Sekhukhune United over the weekend. John Maduka named an unchanged team with the Malawian coach having masterminded two wins over Chiefs last season while in charge of Royal AM.

Chiefs were quick off the blocks - attacking in numbers and pressing up high with Zwane's charges searching for an early goal. The hosts did score early when Alfred Ndengane gave away possession in his own half and Khama Billiat quickly set up Du Preez who hit the back of the net to hand Chiefs a 1-0 lead in the fourth minute.  

The Soweto giants did not take their foot off the pedal after taking the lead as they constantly launched attacks and pressed the Team of Choice defence. Chiefs doubled their lead in the 24th minute when Bonginkosi Makume gave away possession in his own half and Dolly fired past goalkeeper King Ndlovu to make it 2-0 to the home side.

Maritzburg improved gradually after the half-hour mark and they came close to scoring when Friday Samu's thunderous long-range shot beat keeper Bruce Bvuma, but the crossbar came to Amakhosi's' rescue. The last chance of the first half fell for Solomons who was superbly denied by Ndlovu and Chiefs were leading 2-0 at the interval.

The Team of Choice played much better after the restart after Maduka made four changes, including Siboniso Conco, who created problems for the Chiefs defence with his mesmerising dribbling skills. Keagan Ritchie forced Bvuma into a magnificent diving save from a free-kick after Conco was fouled near the hosts' box.

However, Amakhosi still looked dangerous when pushing forward with second half substitute Nkosingiphile Ngcobo dishing out some incisive passes while also being a threat due to his long-range shooting ability. The left-footed playmaker forced Ndlovu into a fantastic diving save with a rasping shot from distance.

The Team of Choice looked tired in the closing proceedings and they were punished by Amakhosi substitute Shabalala. The 18-year-old turned home a cross from Billiat to seal Chiefs' 3-0 win in stoppage time. Amakhosi will now take on Mamelodi Sundowns in a blockbuster clash on Saturday, while Maritzburg are set to face Swallows FC on Friday.