Polokwane - Kaizer Chiefs continued their dominance of the Absa Premiership with a 1-0 win over Chippa United in a league match at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on Saturday.
Chiefs were the better side in the first 45 with Bernard Parker the main creative spark in attack for the Glamour Boys.
In the 15th minute Parker stole the ball in midfield and played Kingston Nkhatha through on goal - the Zimbabwean doing well initially to muscle his way into the box, but he failed to beat the keeper.
Erick Mathoho should have given Chiefs the lead five minutes later when he hit the crossbar with a eight-yard header after meeting a left-sided free-kick from Parker.
Chippa’s only real chance of the half came on the half hour mark when George Akpabio used his strength to break into the Amakhosi box, but the goalkeeper denied him in a one-on-one.
Two minutes later Chiefs suffered a loss when Willard Katsande had to leave the field injured and was replaced by Ivan Bukenya.
The half ended 0-0.
It came as no surprise that it was Parker who broke the deadlock in the 56th minute after some swift play saw him through on goal and chipping the onrushing keeper, 1-0.
Amakhosi dominated proceedings thereafter, but they struggled to find that second goal.
Siphelele Mthembu should have scored the Glamour Boys second five minutes from time when he was put through on goal by Parker, but he was denied in a one-on-one with the keeper.
The game ended 1-0 in favour of Chiefs and they moved 14 points clear at the top of the table, at least until second placed Bidvest Wits are in action on Sunday.
Kaizer Chiefs (0) 1 (Parker 56’)
Chippa United (0) 0
Kaizer Chiefs: Khuzwayo, Gaxa, Mashamaite, Mathoho, Masilela, Katsande (Bukenya 32’), Yeye, Masango, Tshabalala (Maluleke 57’), Parker, Nkhatha (Mthembu 81’).
Chippa: Mzimela, Barends, Uzochukwu, D. Zulu (Sibeko 54’), Sangweni, Okwuosa, Mbenyane, Komane, Akpabio (Cele 67’), Sambu (Moholo 50’), Twala.