Absa Premiership

Katsande, Katsvairo guide Chiefs to victory

Willard Katsande (Supplied)
Willard Katsande (Supplied)

Cape Town - Goals from Willard Katsande and Michelle Katsvairo guided Kaizer Chiefs to a 2-0 Absa Premiership win over Free State Stars at the James Motlatsi Stadium on Wednesday. 

Victory leading the Amakhosi to the top of the standings, while Ea Lla Koto remain winless after five fixtures. 

Chasing a hat-trick of wins, the Glamour Boys got off the perfect start with Katsande converting from 12 yards following a foul inside the area. 

Joseph Okumu made a clumsy challenge on Sibusiso Khumalo which resulted in the spot-kick, which the Zimbabwe international duly tucked away with 10 minutes on the clock. 

Ea Lla Koto, though, were not to be intimated by their visitors and bossed large portions of the opening stanza with Itumeleng Khune - in his 250th start for Chiefs - on his toes to keep out a stinging effort from Goodman Dlamini on 39 minutes. 

Chiefs kicked things up a notch in the final few exchanges of the stanza, with first Mulomowandau Mathoho and then Lorenzo Gordinho sending their respective header attempts inches wide of the woodwork. 

The visitors were causing their hosts all sorts of problems from set-pieces and went close once more from a free-kick in the 58th minute; 'Tower' again sending his attempt wide of goal. 

Steve Komphela's troops doubled their lead six minutes later as Katsvairo celebrated with his first goal in a Kaizer Chiefs shirt - guiding a low shot past Thela Ngobeni after being played through by George Lebese. 

Despite chances on either side of the pitch in the dying exchanges of the game, the match would end 2-0 in favour of Steve Komphela's troops. 

 

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