Kaizer Chiefs ended their three-game losing run in the DStv Premiership with a 2-0 win over Royal AM on Sunday evening.
Chiefs dropped Itumeleng Khune, Samkelo Zwane and Zitha Kwinika following the loss to Mamelodi Sundowns and re-called Brandon Peterson, Siyabonga Ngezana and Siyethemba Sithebe.
A coming-together involving Ngezana and Reeve Frosler resulted in the latter getting stretchered off the field on just six minutes, with Dillon Solomons introduced.
The Soweto giants were energised in the opening stages and got a chance to go ahead after Ashley Du Preez burst through from poor defending to get a shot away which Hugo Nyame parried.
Chiefs were closest again just around the half-hour mark from a back-heel effort by Bonfils Caleb-Bimenyimana but Nyame was well-positioned to make the stop.
With the match halted due to a power failure, Royal AM were fired up following the break and should’ve gone ahead when Mfundo Thikazi snapped a pin-point from close range.
The Amakhosi made a lively start into the second half and the runs from deep by Solomons, Keagan Dolly and Mduduzi Shabalala pinned Royal AM to their own half.
Furthermore, the Glamour Boys decided to hand new signing Christian Saile Basomboli a debut from the bench in the 56th minutes with Bimenyimana withdrawn.
The host made their persistence count four minutes later when Sifiso Hlanti found space in the area and headed in the near corner from Dolly’s free-kick.
Chiefs then needed to play the final ten minutes of the match with a reduced number of players after Solomons suffered a knock and wasn’t able to continue.
The Amakhosi snatched a second in the last six minutes when Basomboli showed quick feet out wide and cutback for Du Preez to tap in.
A few chances from the two teams came before the end with Basomboli curling wide from the edge of the area, as the Amakhosi confirmed victory to get back to winning ways.
Kaizer Chiefs: Petersen, Frosler, Dove, Ngezana, Hlanti, Sithebe, Maart, Shabalala, Dolly, Du Preez, Bimenyimana
Subs: Khune, Kwinika, Nange, Radebe, Zwane, Sekgota, Solomons, Saile, Duba
Royal AM: Nyame, Dube, Sikakane, Nascimento, Matlaba, Mashiane, Dlamini, Magaqa, Mahlasela, Macuphu, Thikazi
Subs: Ngcobo, Msomi, Pelembe, Potsane, Mogaila, Lingwati, Gamildien, Sera, Masuku
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