Chiefs ease past Polokwane
Tefu Mashamaite (Gallo Images)
Polokwane - Tefu Mashamaite scored a brace as Kaizer Chiefs defeated Polokwane City 3-0 in their Telkom Knockout Last 16 encounter at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on Saturday night.
The central defender scored a goal in each half before Knowledge Musona added a third goal with less than 15 minutes left on the clock.
The first chance fell for the visitors in the third minute when George Lebese left the ball for Reneilwe Letsholonyane, but Nkueni Mayala made a good save at the near post.
Then in the 16th minute Itumeleng Khune was forced into action at the other end to tip a powerful strike from Thabo Rakhale over the crossbar.
Amakhosi took the lead in the 34th minute when Mashamaite met Bernard Parker’s corner at the near post to nod past as stranded Mayala.
Mayala did stop Chiefs from taking a two-goal lead into the break when he denied Musona from close range in the first minute of added time.
The visitors threatened to double their lead in the 53rd minute, but Kingston Nkhatha volleyed over the crossbar after the ball fell for him at the far post from a corner.
Siphesihle Nzimande had a chance at the other end six minutes later but his header was blocked by Morgan Gould, while his second effort went straight to Khune.
Then on the hour mark Million Mkhabela did well to clear the ball over the line after Tsepo Masilela had chipped the ball over Mayala, while Letsholonyane missed a sitter six minutes later.
However, Mashamaite gave Amakhosi some breathing space in the 66th minute with another headed goal from Parker’s corner.
Chiefs put the result beyond doubt in the 74th minute when Musona beat Mayala with a lobbed effort after running onto a long pass from Gould. Polokwane City 0
Kaizer Chiefs (1) 3 (Mashamaite 34’ 67’, Musona 74’)
Teams: Polokwane City:
Mayala, Molekwane, Hlela, Mkhabela, Lichaba, Rakhale, Molala (Mdluli 46’), Motsiane, Moyana (Gopane 88’), Nzimande, Mncwango (Tlolane 51’)
Khune, Gaxa, Gould, Mashamaite, Masilela, Katsande, Letsholonyane, Lebese (Masango 79’), Nkhatha (Nkosi 71’), Parker, Musona (Motaung 82’)