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Kaizer Chiefs got back to winning ways after these star players fire them past Maritzburg

Kaizer Chiefs returned to winning ways with Billiat and Ngcobo's goal against Maritzburg.

Billiat and Ngcobo fire chiefs make their way through Maritzburg.

Kaizer Chiefs returned to winning ways in the DStv Premiership on Wednesday evening with a 2-0 victory against Maritzburg United.

Chiefs made three changes to the team that lost to Royal AM, recalling Khama Billiat, Phathutshedzo Nange, and Ramahlwe Mphahlele, while Maritzburg welcomed back goalkeeper Marcel Engelhardt.

The Team of Choice had an early opportunity to take the lead in the ninth minute when Amadou Soukouna raced through on goal following a defence-splitting ball from Leletu Skelem, but pulled his effort wide.

Arthur Zwane's troops had some time to settle into the game's flow, but once they did, Billiat broke the deadlock 10 minutes before half-time with a low shot past Engelhardt following a cut-back from Njabulo Blom.

When that, the hosts maintained their offensive momentum, and Siphosakhe Ntiya-Ntiya could have increased their advantage just before half-time after a wonderful through pass from Keagan Dolly left him unmarked on the far side of the box, but he steered his volley just over the bar.

Ernst Middendorp made a tactical change at halftime, replacing Zukile Kewuti with Bongokuhle Hlongwane, and it almost paid off as the striker had a great chance to square matters two minutes in after pouncing on a sloppy back pass by Daniel Cardoso, but was stopped by shot-stopper Daniel Akpeyi.

Maritzburg posed a danger from set-pieces, and Keegan Ritchie came perilously close to scoring an own goal eight minutes into the second half from a corner after Mphahlele's whipped attempt struck the bottom post.

Chiefs were causing issues on counter-attacks, with Billiat squandering golden chances, and Zwane was forced to make a change 17 minutes before time when Nange required medical care, with Nkosingiphile Ngcobo replacing him.

Nkosingiphile Ngcobo had an immediate impact, as he put Amakhosi ahead with a looping goal into the far post 10 minutes before time after being set up by Billiat.

Daylon Claasen forced a stoppage-time save from Akpeyi with a long-range shot, as the Chiefs retained a clean sheet to climb up to third on the log.


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