Kaizer Chiefs vs Sekhukune United was a vital game for the home side, who came from behind to pick all three points in a 2-1 win.
Kaizer Chiefs won their third game in the 2023/24 DSTV Premiership season.
The home side have lost plenty of ground on defending champions Mamelodi Sundowns, making their home tie against Sekhukune United a must-win.
Kaizer Chiefs are having a downer, with their season in absolute tatters.
The Amakhosi were short on confidence with their MTN8 2-1 semi-final loss to Sundowns, knocking their confidence plus their only real chance of silverware this term.
They started the game in ninth place and knew they had an arduous task against Sekhukune United, who were sixth on the log.
The lax form of the Amakhosi ensured that the Kaizer Chiefs vs Sekhukune United was not a sure bet for the home side.
Kaizer Chiefs vs Sekhukune United: Amakhosi conceded first at home for the first time this season
The Kaizer Chiefs vs Sekhukune United tie was far from the electrifying encounter many expected.
The Amakhosi were looking to end their four-game winless run in all competitions and started the game on the front foot against their guests.
The home side came close to scoring in the ninth minute, but stout defending by Cardoso denied them a goal.
In the 18th minute, Webber saw his free-kick saved by the Chiefs goalkeeper.
Sekhukune saw another chance wasted in the 33rd minute.
Ohizu received a long ball behind the Chiefs defence, but he took too many touches in the box and allowed Ngcobo time to make a solid defensive tackle.
The corner kick tested the Amakhosi. It almost caught goalkeeper Peterson out, but he parried for another corner.
The resultant corner kick was well-saved by the Peterson.
With the first half winding to a close, Chiefs launched a late challenge in the first half in their quest for the opening goal but were denied by resolute defending from their guests.
Jamie Webber meandered into the Kaizer Chiefs box in the 44th minute after a fine build-up.
The Sekhkune forward saw his shot easily saved by Peterson.
It looked like the Kaizer Chiefs vs Sekhukune United tie was destined for a first-half draw, but some seconds after saving a Webber shot, Kaizer Chiefs lost the ball in the midfield, which allowed Webber to start a move.
The move ended with Chibuike Ohizu putting the ball past Peterson for his fourth PSL goal of the season.
Amakhosi stormed back for a hard-fought win
The second half started with Kaizer Chiefs pushing forward to get an equalizer but were leaving gaps at the back.
Pule Mmodi came close to getting an equalizer after receiving a pass behind the Sekhukune defence but got the ball entangled in his feet, allowing the away side to deal with it.
The Amakhosi were more coordinated and saw more of the ball, but their final pass was a letdown and gave Sekhukune a reprieve.
Both sides were not getting much joy with their final passes into the attack, allowing the defenders to hold sway.
The second half of the Kaizer Chiefs vs Sekhukune United became one-way traffic as the hosts continued to bombard the visitors, but the goals were not forthcoming.
On the hour mark, the Sekhukune United goalkeeper made a dreadful error from a goal kick.
He gave the ball away and saw Castillo connect to a Pule Mmodi shot with a header to level matters.
There was continuous pressure on Sekhukune United following the equalizer.
Kaizer Chiefs took the lead in the 76th minute. Edmilson Dove connected with a header off Reeve Frosler’s cross to beat Badra Sangare for 2-1.
With two minutes of regular time left, Sekhukune came close to an equalizer. A header came off the base of the post, but Vilakazi nodded wide with Peterson at his mercy.
Sekhukune had another chance a minute later, but the Amakhosi were able to clear their lines.
Brandon Petersen (GK), Edmilson Dove, Thatayaone Ditlhokwe, Njabulo Ngcobo
Reeve Frosler, Moegamat Yusuf Maart (Ranga Chivaviro 78), Edson Daniel Castillo Garcia (Mduduzi Mdantsane 65), Lehlogonolo George Matlou (Sibongiseni Mthethwa 90), Christian Saile Basomboli (M Shabalala 65), Ashley Du Preez, Pule Mmodi (Spiwe Given Msimango 79)
Itumeleng Khune, Zitha Kwinika, Tebogo Potsane, Samkelo Zwane
Badra Ali Sangare (GK), Nyiko Mobbie, Lebohang Mabotja, Daniel Antonio Cardoso, Tresor Yamba, Kamohelo Mokotjo, Elias Mokwana, Jamie Craig Webber (Vusumuzi William Mncube 86), Chibuike Ohizu (Kgomotso Mosadi 71), Siphesihle Mkhize (Lehlohonolo Mtshali 81), Larry Bwalya (Sibusiso Vilakazi 82)
Renaldo Leaner, Katlego Mkhabela, Siphosake Ntiya-Ntiya, Mbhazima Tshepo Rikhotso, Miguel Dias,
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