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  • 31 January 2014
  • • 20:00
  • • Volkswagen Dobsonville Stadium, Johannesburg, GA
  • Referee: R. Smith
  • • Attendance: 12000
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Moroka Swallows 0-2 Kaizer Chiefs: Nkhatha and Musona goals extend Chiefs’ lead at the top

Moroka Swallows 0-2 Kaizer Chiefs: Nkhatha and Musona goals extend Chiefs’ lead at the top

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Kaizer Chiefs recorded their eighth straight win with a 2-0 victory over Moroka Swallows in a match played at the Dobsonville Stadium on Friday night

Kaizer Chiefs came into this clash eight points clear of second placed Mamelodi Sundowns having recorded seven straight wins in the process.

The defending champions started the game like a house on fire and made their intentions very clear inside the opening five minutes when Siphiwe Tshabalala played a delightful through ball to Kingston Nkhatha who made no mistake with only Greg Etafia to beat.

Swallows had their moments in the early stages of the game, but none of their attempts could trouble the AmaKhosi goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune.

The Dube Birds won the free-kick towards the Chiefs’ box, but Dikgang Mabalane ballooned the resultant free-kick well over the bar.

Chiefs were nearly penalized in the 25th minute when Eric Mathoho took his time to clear the danger while under pressure from Edward Manqele, but Khune was quick to force the Swallows forward to kick it out for a goal-kick.

Swallows launched their attack a few seconds later when Mabalane turned Masilela inside out on the right hand side of the Chiefs’ box, but his left-footed attempt went straight into Khune’s arms.

The home side matched Chiefs pound for pound especially in the middle of the park, and therefore making it difficult for the visitors to create any goalscoring chances going into the break.

Swallows came from the halftime break clearly motivated and they nearly grabbed the equalizer in the 49th minute, but Lerato Chabangu’s header from Mabalane’s cross was tipped around by Khune.

Chiefs nearly doubled their lead in the 54th minute when Nkhatha was played through by Tshabalala, but the Zimbabwean forward collided with Etafia without making contact with the ball.

AmaKhosi lost Kingston Nkhatha and Tsepo Masilela mid-way through the second half due to injuries and they lost their momentum.

However, Chiefs doubled their lead in the 72nd minute when Knowledge Musona beat the offside trap before lobbing the ball over hapless Etafia to the delight of the AmaKhosi faithful.

Larry Cohen was lucky to still be on the pitch after a foul on Siyabonga Nkosi in the 74th minute which resultant in the Chiefs’ free-kick.

Musona stepped up and curled the free-kick around the Swallows, but Etafia was equal to the task as he punched it back to play, and Katsande should done better from the rebound.

Khune proved once more why he is Bafana’s number one when he denied Chabangu with a brilliant save in the 77th minute.

In the end, it was AmaKhosi who ran away with all three points against the Dube Birds and also extending their lead at the top of the PSL log.

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