Cape Town - Kaizer Chiefs continued their recent dominance over AmaZulu
with a thumping 3-0 win as they progressed to the Telkom Knockout quarter-finals at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on Saturday night.
George Maluleka opened the scoring with a sublime 31st
minute finish, before two goals in the space of three second half minutes
killed the game as a contest.
Hendrick Ekstein's deflected effort trickled in after 55
minutes and Siphiwe Tshabalala, fresh from his recent Bafana Bafana recall,
capitalised on an error minutes later to seal the result.
It ensured Usuthu were still searching for their first cup
win over Amakhosi for 25 years, whilst they also remained without any kind of
win over the Soweto side in more than a decade.
Cavin Johnson's side will be kicking themselves after
reflection. Rhulani Manzini had an excellent chance after four minutes when
Jabulani Ncobeni's deflected shot fell into his path eight yards out on the
left, but Itumeleng Khune was quick to smother the shot.
Midway through the half, Tshabalala had a shot deflected over,
before another golden opportunity for the hosts seconds later. Former Amakhosi
striker Mabhuti Khenyeza collected a cross by Boysen Mbatha from the right on
the penalty spot, pulled the ball away from two men and haplessly scuffed wide
of a scrambling Khune.
They were made to pay the ultimate price for that miss just
after the half-hour mark. Tshabalala laid the ball wide to Maluleka, who
executed a sublime finish with a dipping 20-yard cross-goal strike that flew
over Boalefa Pule into the top corner.
Ekstein should have doubled the advantage in the 39th minute
when he beat two players, rounded the goalkeeper and dawdled on the ball,
allowing Pule to scramble back and make the save as the hosts again escaped.
Maluleka then drew another excellent stop from Pule with his
25-yard shot that had to be turned wide five minutes before the break, while
new kid on the block, Siyabonga Ngezana, put a free-header wider from
Tshabalala's free-kick on the stroke of half time.
Chiefs then killed of the game in a three-minute spell
before the hour. First Ekstein's shot from a Maluleka corner that was only
cleared into the vacant area squeezed past Pule, before an error from
Butholezwe Ncube allowed Tshabalala to swoop and power in from close range.
The two goals rocked AmaZulu as they then had to cling on
for dear life for the next 10 minutes due to the Chiefs wave pouring forward.
They did improve thereafter, but Steve Komphela's men saw out the game.