Absa Premiership

Dominant Kaizer Chiefs swat aside CT City

2020-01-12 18:42
Leonardo Castro
Leonardo Castro (Kaizer Chiefs website)

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 attack.

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 first half.

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 minute.

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 to Chiefs.

 

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Fixtures
Saturday, 18 January 2020
Black Leopards v Kaizer Chiefs, Thohoyandou Stadium 15:30
Orlando Pirates v Highlands Park, Orlando Stadium 18:00
Cape Town City v Wits, Cape Town Stadium 20:15
Sunday, 19 January 2020
SuperSport United v Mamelodi Sundowns, Lucas Moripe Stadium 15:30
Bloemfontein Celtic v Chippa United, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium 15:30
Polokwane City v Golden Arrows, Peter Mokaba Stadium 15:30
Friday, 24 January 2020
Cape Town City v Black Leopards, Cape Town Stadium 15:30
SuperSport United v Chippa United, Lucas Moripe Stadium 20:00
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