04/03/2012 3:11 PM
A determined Black Leopards side avenged their 4-0 Nedbank Cup defeat with a 1-0 win over Kaizer Chiefs at FNB Stadium on Tuesday night.
Leopards enjoyed some early possession as they stroked the ball around in midfield while their hosts were content to keep them pegged back in terms of territory.
Chiefs were disappointing going forward and only forced one decent save from Leopards keeper Posnet Omony, who had a very quiet first half.
Soweto, SOUTH AFRICA - MARCH 03, Chiefs player willard Katsande and Leopards player Itumeleng Duikerduring the ABSA Premiership League match between Kaizer Chiefs and Black Leopards from FNB Stadium on March 03, 2012 in Soweto, South Africa. Photo by Abbey Sebetha / Bakonepix
The only proper strike on target for Amakhosi in the opening half came from Willard Katsande's long-range strike.
Meanwhile, Lidoda Duvha looked more likely to break the deadlock. They were solid in defence before the break and came close on two occasions as Kingston Nkhatha squandered his chances. The second half was off to a slow start as neither team could create any chances.
Amakhosi's first real chance of the match came in the 63rd minute when a perfectly weighted through-ball found substitute Bernard Parker. However, Leopards defender Humphrey Khoza did enough to force the shot wide. Chiefs continued to push forward, desperate to find the winner. However, it was the visitors who found the back of the net.
In the 84th minute, Leopards scored against the run of play when a cross from the right wing found David Zulu, who sneaked in at the near post with a deft toe poke. Leopards held on for the win, which moved them four points clear of the danger zone, while Chiefs fell five points behind league leaders Sundowns.
All pictures were taken in the ABSA Premiership League match between Kaizer Chiefs and Black Leopards from FNB Stadium on March 03, 2012 in Soweto, South Africa. Photos by Abbey Sebetha / Bakonepix