Swallows FC claimed a 2-1 win over Kaizer Chiefs in Monday afternoon’s DStv Premiership encounter at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane.
The win saw Amaswaiswai climb up to the eighth spot on the league standings and they are set to take on Royal AM away on May 13 in another DStv Premiership clash.
Amakhosi, on the other hand, remained fourth in the standings and they will be looking to return to winning ways when they host Orlando Pirates in a Nedbank Cup semifinal match on Saturday.
It took just seven minutes for Gregory Damons to score from the rebound after his initial shot was blocked by goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune – making it 1-0 to Swallows.
Amakhosi responded by applying pressure on Amaswaswai and they leveled matters in the 23rd minute when Mduduzi Shabalala’s top-notch free-kick was turned home by Christian Saile to make it 1-1.
However, Chiefs lost concentration when defending a free-kick in the 33rd minute and Orlando Pirates loanee Bongani Sam netted from close range to restore the visitors’ lead and Swallows were 2-1 up at the interval.
The momentum was with Amakhosi after the restart and their former goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi was forced to produce two saves within the opening six minutes of the second-half – denying Saile and Siyabonga Ngezana.
Akpeyi was determined not to concede again as the Nigeria international denied Ashley du Preez twice in the 57th minute and 72nd minute – frustrating the Glamour Boys in the process.
Amaswaiswai then stood firm in the latter stages of the encounter and, ultimately, the game ended in a 2-1 victory in favour of Swallows who retained their status in the PSL for another campaign,
Chiefs (1) 1 (Saile 23′)
Swallows (2) 2 (Damons 7′, Sam 33′)
CHIEFS: Khune, Hlanti, Ngcobo, Ngezana, Frosler, Maart (Zwane 64′), Sithebe, Shabalala (Duba 85′), Mashiane (Sekgota 69′), Du Preez, Saile (Solomons 69′).
SWALLOWS: Akpeyi, Sam, Lukhubeni, Allan (90’+9), Mthethwa, Patjie (Uromi 66′), Damons, Mtshali, Mngonyama, Malinga (Malinga 70′), Shwabule.
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