Cape Town - Absa Premiership leaders Kaizer Chiefs showed their class
by thoroughly out-playing Cape Town City in a 3-0 demolition at the FNB
Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
The result restores the Amakhosi's nine-point lead at the top of the standings, although second-placed Mamelodi Sundowns do have a
game in hand, which they play against Orlando Pirates on Wednesday.
Amakhosi are in the midst of celebrating their 50th anniversary,
which was officially marked during their 3-0 win over Highlands Park in
mid-week, but the celebrations have continued into the weekend thanks to
another dominating performance.
Chiefs welcomed star striker Samir Nurkovic back into the line-up
after he served a suspension to add more impetus to an already imposing
However, it would be towering striker Leandro Castro who would hand
them the lead in the 11th minute after a strong start to the match.
The tall forward rose above the defence to get on the end of a Kearyn Baccus cross and gave the City 'keeper no chance.
The visitors bounced back well though and their best period of the
game came after the first goal, with Kermit Erasmus coming within inches
of levelling the score with a 20-metre strike but sent it just wide.
Daniel Akpeyi then showed why he is Chiefs' No 1 ahead of
Itumeleng Khune with a sharp save to deny Surprise Ralani late in the
The hosts used the half-time break to rally and once again took control of the match in the beginning of the second half.
Nurkovic welcomed himself back into the starting line-up by nipping
in front of the defence to guide home a Dumsani Zuma cross to make it
2-0 in the 64th minute.
Eric Mathoho was dominant in the air all game and punctuated the
point with a headed goal to put the result beyond doubt in the 67th
The shell-shocked Citizens were able to pick themselves up
and create a few chances towards the end of the game, but they offered
far too little throughout the 90 minutes to ever really pose a threat