Given their record against the Absa Premiership’s top sides ever since Steve Komphela took charge of Amakhosi, Mamelodi Sundowns were clear favourites.
Chiefs had hardly delivered against fellow title rivals and were slightly humiliated when these two teams last met in November last year.
The build-up to that encounter was a huge talking point, with
Komphela was even more peeved after the match and probably held a grudge since.
This 2-1 win over Masandawana was a massive personal milestone, although the Amakhosi coach would never admit it.
Not only did he finally get one over Mosimane, but Chiefs’ pressing game proved too much for
Question marks were raised in their opening game of the 2016-17 season when Chiefs narrowly lost to Bidvest Wits, who went top of the log with a victory over Platinum Stars hours before kickoff here at FNB Stadium.
Results against SuperSport United and
But in front of 60 000-odd fans on Saturday night, Amakhosi backed up their title aspirations with a convincing showing.
What is even more impressive is that they had to come from behind to do it, and faced a determined
Khama Billiat broke the deadlock in the 26th minute with an attempt that needed a little help to beat Chiefs goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune.
Although credit must go to the
Chiefs, who were not yet playing their pressing game, picked up a gear and responded in quick time through Bernard Parker, who struck a sweet right-foot shot to squeeze it in past goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene. Game on.
Sundowns were then unfortunate to concede from an own goal by defender Soumahoro Bangaly through a back pass gone wrong.
But it was again thanks to Amakhosi’s pressing style that forced the Ivorian to try and play the ball back to his goalkeeper, who was a bit too slow to catch up.
That goal suggests Chiefs needed some assistance wrapping up the game. Quite the contrary, as Amakhosi had the better chances and perhaps deserved to move up to second on the log table, while
Still plenty of games, though.Independent Media