An absolute peach of a strike from teenage sensation Wandile Duba helped Kaizer Chiefs land their first win of 2024. The academy graduate started ahead of established centre forward Ashley du Preez and found the back of the net in their duel with Golden Arrows – ending Amakhosiโ€™s five-hour goal drought!


Abafana Bes’thende started the match brightly and had chances to take the lead. Nqobeko Dlamini forced goalkeeper Bruce Bvuma into making a save within the opening five minutes, but Duba made the Kwa-Zulu Natal based outfit pay. The hosts opened the scoring in the 11th minute when the nineteen-year-old received the ball outside the box from Pule Mmodi and unleashed a curling effort that found its way into the top right-hand corner and had Sifiso Mlungwana rooted to the spot.

The solitary goal of the game was enough to hand Kaizer Chiefs a hard-fought victory in their DStv Premiership bout, but it was not for a lack of trying from their opponents. It was another impressive performance from Bvuma who denied Angelo Van Rooi just after the half-hour mark. Knox Mutizwa thought he had equalised shortly after the second half resumed, however, his goal was ruled out for offside. In the end, it was Duba’s first goal in the South African topflight and Kaizer Chiefs colours that handed his side the three points.

The victory snapped Cavin Johnsonโ€™s four match winless run across all competitions, ahead of their highly anticipated encounter with Orlando Pirates in Saturday’s Soweto Derby. Impressively, Chiefs come into that one with 10 league clean sheets to their name, from just 19 topflight fixtures. Indeed, thatโ€™s as many as they recorded throughout all of last season (30 matches). A feat made even more impressive when you realise there has been three shot stoppers in between the sticks at Kaizer Chiefs this season โ€ฆ

Written by Desh Parthab