Royal AM completed the league double over Kaizer Chiefs after claiming a 1-0 win at Chatsworth Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Keagan Dolly was the Amakhosi’s only change from their win over Sekhukhune United, with Khama Billiat on the bench. On the other hand, Royal AM started Mzwandile Dlamini for the first time in the top-flight.
The Amakhosi closed-in to the lead five minutes gone when Siyabonga Ngezana connected with a delivery that flew in from the left-side of the area, but it didn’t trouble goalkeeper Hugo Nyame.
Chiefs were close again after a spell of 12 minutes as Dolly raced clear to set-up Leonardo Castro, whose low attempt from close-range bounced off the post.
It didn’t end there for the Amakhosi who following the half-hour mark watched another guilt-edge chance from the right of the area by Reeve Frosler this time miss target by mere inches.
Chiefs' endeavour was undone seven minutes to halftime when Victor Letsoalo put Royal AM ahead from the penalty-spot after Bernard Parker brought down Zukile Mkhize.
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Chiefs made a positive start to the second half and came close to draw level courtesy of Castro from a pin-point cross by Dolly, but the Colombian went across the face of goal.
With Royal AM keen to preserve their lead, the Amakhosi issued the introduction of Khama Billiat for Castro near the midway quarter in the hope of turning things around.
The entry to some extent sparked the Amakhosi alive, though Royal AM still enjoyed the better chances as Letsoalo cracked the underside of the crossbar from the edge of the area.
Chiefs were desperate for a strong finish with a few chances albeit half-hearted, but it was Royal AM that claimed the honours that threw them into second position on the table.
Royal AM: Nyame, Mkhize, Mashikinya, Potsane, Dlamini, Manganyi, Lingwati, Mahlasela, Mabena, Matjila, Letsoalo.
Subs: Mpoto, Msomi, Sera, Mahashe, Monamodi, Masuku, George, Maxwele, Ncobeni
Chiefs: Akpeyi, Ngezana, Cardoso, Dube, Ntiya-Ntiya, Frosler, Blom, Nkosingiphile Ngcobo, Dolly, Parker, Castro
Subs: Bvuma, Billiat, Nange, Alexander, Mphahlele, Manyama, Njabulo Ngcobo, Sekgota, Mashiane