A hat-trick from Caleb Bimenyimana guided Kaizer Chiefs to a 3-1 victory over Stellenbosch FC in DStv Premiership action on Sunday afternoon.
Siyabonga Ngezana was given a recall by the Amakhos in place of Zitha Kwinika who missed out through suspension, while Stellies were unchanged from their 3-0 win over Maritzburg United on Tuesday.
It was a lighting start from the Amakhosi when Ashley Du Preez almost netted against his old club from a ball over the top, but he misjudged the flight of the ball following the opening seconds.
Du Preez got a more clearer chance minutes later as he pulled wide to the area to get on the end of Njabulo Blom’s low pass, but he couldn’t profit.
The missed chances would come back to haunt the Amakhosi towards the half-hour mark as Stellies went ahead when Nhlanhla Mgaga pounced on a loose pass from Blom around the area and drilled home.
Chiefs’ approach was then disrupted eight minutes to halftime where goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune picked up a hamstring injury and wa removed for Brandon Peterson.
The Amakhosi were given a route back on the cusp of halftime when Bonfils-Caleb Bimenyimana won a penalty in the box and converted the resultant spot-kick to level matters.
Chiefs went ahead two minutes in the second half after a hand-ball by Fawaaz Basadien earned them another penalty, which Bimenyimana tucked away to complete his brace.
Bimenyimana drew another foul in the box from De Goede over ten minutes from the break and got another penalty which he executed for his hat-trick, with De Goede red carded in the process.
The Amakhosi were in complete ascendancy at this point, as the Maroons battled to find rhythm and string a few promising moves together.
With young Samkelo Zwane and Dillon Solomons on the park, the Soweto giants continued to dominate inside the remaining exchanges of the match and secured the win that saw the side leapfrog Orlando Pirates into fourth spot.
Stellenbosch: Stephens, De Goede, Basadien, Van Rooyen, Mthethwa,Jabaar, Sibiya,Mngomezulu, Mgaga, Mendieta, Van Wyk.
Subs: Langeveldt, Makhanya, Boji, Moseamedi, Letsoenyo, Nduli, Adams, Titus, Hahn.
Kaizer Chiefs: Khune, Frosler, Ngezana, Dove, Hlanti, Blom, Maart, Dolly, Sekgota, Du Preez, Bimenyimana
Subs: Petersen, Alexander, Njabulo Ngcobo, Nkosingiphile Ngcobo, Sithebe, Radebe, Solomomns, Mahlatsi, Zwane.
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