Kaizer Chiefs snapped their four-game losing streak in the DStv Premiership by defeating Marumo Gallants 1-0 at the FNB Stadium on Tuesday.
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The result was secured by a fortuitous goal from Keagan Dolly and allowed the Amakhosi to climb to fourth place on the log with 42 points, keeping them in with a shot at finishing in the top three and claiming a CAF spot next season.
Royal AM (second, 45 points) and Cape Town City FC (third, 44 points) are ahead of the Soweto giants and both have a game in hand.
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Bahlabane ba Ntwa, meanwhile, are 11th on the log with 31 points and have now gone six league matches without a victory.
Kaizer Chiefs scored with a slice of luck
The match was goalless at half-time and largely a scrappy affair in the second half until Kaizer Chiefs claimed the lead through a slice of luck on 77 minutes.
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Keagan Dolly lined up a long-range effort and saw his shot deflect off the legs of team-mate Khama Billiat to wrongfoot ‘keeper King Ndlovu and find the back of the net for the match-winner.
Both sides will return to DStv Premiership action this weekend, with Marumo Gallants hosting Golden Arrows on Saturday, 7 May (15:00) and Kaizer Chiefs welcoming champions Mamelodi Sundowns on Sunday, 8 May (17:30).
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Bvuma, Blom, Ngezana, Mphahlele, Frosler, Baccus (Sekgota 61’), Nange, Radebe (Alexander 52’), Parker (Castro 52’), Dolly, Billiat (Kambole 88’)
Ndlovu, Khiba, Gumede, Nonyane, Mabotja, Molangoane (Koapeng 67’), Timm, Makudubela (Sibeko 61’), Kumalo (Mphambaniso 61’), Ndlondlo, Ngema