Maart’s late penalty gave the Chiefs a vital victory over Maritzburg
It wasn’t the most memorable performance, but the Kaiser Chiefs did enough to pick up three points and continue their winning streak with a 3-2 win over Maritzburg United on Saturday night.
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Maritzburg gave an energetic fight and will have to regret their mistakes as they continue to fight for their lives in the DStv premier league with seven games to go.
With a bit of luck, the Chiefs managed to pick up three points, but they have a lot of homework ahead of them. They remain fourth on the same points as the Orlando Pirates above them.
The Chiefs got their desired start again when they took the lead just three minutes into the game.
The goal was scored by Keegan Dolly, who completed the counterattack by sending his shot wide of Ricardo Liner after a cross from Ashley Du Pree.
And just over five minutes later they were 2-0 up. It was after Christian Sayle showed his class.
The Congolese striker received the ball outside the Maritzburg penalty area, beat the defender, sending the ball to his left and hitting the bottom directly into the net.
But just over five minutes later, Maritzburg cut the lead in half. Mogmad de Goede beat the Chiefs defenders with a header from a corner to make it 2-1.
And five minutes before the end, Maritzburg equalized the score. Amadou Sokouma scored with a brilliant free-kick from just outside the Chiefs’ box.
The early stages of the second half turned into chaos with neither side playing with any sort of rhythm in an attempt to avoid concessions.
The Chiefs received a controversial penalty in the 70th minute after a fight in the Maritzburg box.
The referee looked unsure of his decision as he confirmed it with his assistants.
But the decision stood and Yusuf Maart converted the penalty to give the Chiefs the lead again.
The Chiefs held on despite Maritzburg throwing everything at them towards the end of the game.
The win keeps them in contention for second place. Maritzburg remains in the relegation zone.