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  • 08 February 2014
  • • 20:00
  • • FNB Stadium (Soccer City), Johannesburg, GA
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Kaizer Chiefs 3-0 Black Africa: Chiefs cruise to Caf preliminary win

Kaizer Chiefs 3-0 Black Africa: Chiefs cruise to Caf preliminary win

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Kaizer Chiefs put themselves in a demanding position after the first leg of their Caf Champions League preliminary round, cashing in on a 3-0 victory over Namibia's Black Africans

Kingston Nkhatha scored a brace either side of half-time, while Mandla Masango scored the opener as the pair sealed a comfortable win for Stuart Baxter's men, who travel to Windhoek next weekend to compete the second leg of the 2014 edition.

Masango netted the opener 18 minutes in, thanks to a superb finish which set the tone for the rest of the half, before Nkhatha put further daylight between the continental neighbours before the interval.

The Zimbabwean international completed his brace four minutes from the end, to cap a successful evening in Johannesburg, which puts Chiefs in a commanding position ahead of the return leg.

The visitors made for a frustrating opening half, as Chiefs were left frustrated by the Namibians, who managed to hold their lines and made life difficult for the home side.

Siyabonga Nkosi was the first to test Africa's shot-stopper Arnold Subeb, but the midfielder could only hit his tame effort directly into the hands of the goalkeeper.

The Soweto giants, however, soon took the lead on 18 minutes, after Knowledge Musona's accurate delivery into the box connected with a spectacular finish from Masango, who beat Subebe for pace and power at the near post.

George Lebese came close for Chiefs 13 minutes later, but his shot was cleared from danger by Africa's Marvin Katire, after a goalmouth scramble which should have been converted but wasn’t.

Chiefs stayed patient and a minute later, Nkhatha thundered home from outside the area to extend Chiefs' lead to two.

Nkhatha, who was preferred to Bernard Parker, sitting on the bench, picked up a pass from out wide, took a touch and unleashed the venomous effort, which kept low and crossed the line for the second of the night.

With their half-time lead intact, the Glamour Boys went about looking for a third, but it was Africa who did the early attacking of the second stanza.

Roger Katjiteo and Willy Stephanus forced Itumeleng Khune into saves, but the Bafana Bafana international dealt with the shots rather easily, as the Lively Lions failed to make an impact on Chiefs' defence.

Stephanus twice asked questions of Khune's abilities, but both attempts went high and wide of the mark.

At the other end, Nkhatha was causing problems, having regular shots on goal, but none came close, save for an effort before the hour mark, which was driven narrowly wide.

Chiefs peppered their opponents with chances in the final 15 minutes and the pressure eventually paid off, as Nkhatha bundled his second over the line, after Subeb failed to deal with Khune's long-ball toward his frontmen.

Nkhatha challenged in the air and eventually saw the ball safely over the line as Chiefs put the result to bed.

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