Routine win for AmaKhosi against basement boys AmaZulu in KwaZulu-Natal
Kaizer Chiefs moved four points clear at the top of the Absa Premiership after a 2-0 victory over bottom side AmaZulu at Soccer City on Tuesday night.
It was a routine win for the AmaKhosi, who ensured that they will finish 2012 on top of the league. Orlando Pirates and Platinum Stars can narrow the gap to a single point when they play tomorrow.
Matthew Rusike and Bernard Parker netted for Chiefs, the latter overcoming an ankle injury to come off the bench and net his ninth league goal of the campaign.
It was not all plain sailing for Stuart Baxter’s side though, Zimbabwean midfielder Willard Katsande received his marching orders five minutes from time after picking up his second booking.
Ayanda Dlamini had two early opportunities for the visitors that he failed to convert as the home side were sluggish out the blocks.
Marc van Heerden forced a good save from Itumeleng Khune with a rasping shot, while at the other end Rusike felt he should have had a penalty, his protests waved away.
He did get his goal on 36 minutes when a poor Usuthu clearance was picked up by the Zimbabwean and he drilled the ball home, giving Kapini no chance.
Lehlohonolo Majoro struck the post with a snap effort midway through the second period, before Chiefs finally got their second.
Parker supplied a moment of magic with a deft chip that beat a despairing Tapuwa Kapini in the AmaZulu goal.The night was spoiled for the home side by that late Katsande red card, but Baxter will be pleased with the three points as they head into the seven-week break for the festive season and 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.