Kaizer Chiefs completed a second-half comeback to defeat SuperSport United 4-1 thanks to brace from George Lebese at Peter Mokaba Stadium on Saturday.
SuperSport’s attacking duo of Jeremy Brockie and Dove Wome started to click in the 18th minute and earned a free-kick when the Togolese international was brought down just outside the box, allowing the Kiwi striker to hit the wall with the resulting effort.
That same combination then made the breakthrough in the 20th minute. Some indecisive defending from Chiefs allowed Wome to pick up possession just outside the box and smash an thunderous effort into the top corner.
SuperSport then looked to have doubled their lead just past the half-hour mark when Thuso Phala got his head to a free-kick, but the assistant’s flag was raised and the goal was ruled out for offside, so Matsatsantsa went in at halftime with a 1-0 advantage.
But the lead that SuperSport took into the break would not last long, as Chiefs restored parity just after the break through George Lebese. The winger latched onto a long ball sent up all the way from the back by goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune and finished past Ronwen Williams to level the scores.
Having just conceded, Williams was called into action again just a few minutes later and barely managed to get his fingertips to Reneilwe Letsholonyane’s effort before Wome popped up at the other end and forced Khune into a save.
But Chiefs continued their second-half comeback and took the lead in the 56th minute through Ivan Bukenya. The Ugandan defender rose highest to meet Siphiwe Tshabalala’s free kick and bulge the SuperSport net for the second time in less than 10 minutes.
As the game ticked towards its conclusion midfielder Dean Furman made the final 10 minutes even more difficult for his side when he picked up a second yellow card along with his marching orders.
Lebese then made the points secure in the 88th minute with his second of the game before Siphiwe Tshabalala also got in on the action from the penalty spot as the holding Premiership champions claim their second win of the new campaign.