CAPE TOWN – Kaizer Chiefs secured a morale-boosting 3-2 win over Highlands Park in their opening league match of the season at a packed Makhulong Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
The Soweto outfit, without the likes of Khama Billiat and Leonardo Castro in the team, scored twice through Lebogang Manyama, with Rodney Ramagalela replying with a brace of his own before Eric Mathoho struck a late winner.
On the balance of play, the defeat was a bit harsh on Highlands Park, but Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp would have been happy with the character and fight his men showed.
Amakhosi were off to the perfect start when with just four minutes played, new signing Kearyn Baccus whipped in a cross from the right, which was met with a decisive near-post glancing header into the back of the net from Manyama.
The hosts were able to recompose themselves and they were back on even terms in the 22nd minute when Ramagalela helped the ball over the line after Peter Shalulile's initial volley from a Lindokuhle Mbatha cross had been miscued.