Masango fires Chiefs 10 points clear at top

2015-03-05 09:14

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Mandla Masango scored his sixth Premiership goal of the season as Kaizer Chiefs eased past Ajax Cape Town 1-0 at FNB Stadium last night.

Masango scored his first goal of 2015 as Amakhosi stretched their lead at the top of the table to 10 points with nine games left in the season.

The Soweto outfit returned to winning ways in the league after suffering their first loss of the campaign a fortnight ago against SuperSport United in Polokwane.

Ajax, meanwhile, extended their dismal away record against the log leaders.

The Urban Warriors have not beaten Chiefs away from home since September 2007, having not even managed a goal away from home against Chiefs since 2011.

Unbeaten on home soil so far this season, Chiefs struck early and went ahead after 15 minutes thanks to Masango’s simple tap-in after George Lebese’s effort was stopped by Anssi Jaakkola.

Masango was quickest to respond and stabbed home the game’s only goal to hand Chiefs their eighth win at home, taking the Glamour Boys to 50 points, 10 ahead of Wits in second place.

Despite going behind early on, Ajax were unlucky not to get more out of the game, often taking the game to their hosts and finding themselves in dangerous positions in front of goal.

Chiefs, though, were solid in defence and had Itumeleng Khune in goal, the goalkeeper making his first Premiership appearance in more than six months.

Khune was on hand to sweep up Ajax’ chances, which were few and far between.

The visitors arrested a run of seven straight league games without a win over the weekend when they beat Chippa United, but were quickly brought back down to earth with a brave, but ultimately fruitless, performance in Johannesburg.

Chiefs, on the other hand, did what they needed after Wits mounted a challenge on Tuesday night by beating Mamelodi Sundowns to send a warning Chiefs’ way.

But regardless of their less than impressive display, Stuart Baxter’s men will take a bit of confidence into this weekend’s Soweto Derby and have the upper hand on their cross-town rivals – Orlando Pirates – who were held to a 1-1 draw by Free State Stars in a simultaneous game yesterday.

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