Kaizer Chiefs claimed a 3-0 win in Madagascar as they secured their passage into the next round of the Caf Confederation Cup on Saturday.
Chiefs went into the game with a spring in their step as they recently walked away from the first leg against Elgeco Plus with a 3-0 win.
Despite the considerable advantage, coach Ernst Middendorp named a strong squad with the likes of Itumeleng Khune returning to the starting XI, and Lebogang Manyama along with Leonardo Castro leading the line in the absence of the club’s current top scorer Khama Billiat, who missed the clash in Madagascar through injury.
As expected, Elgeco Plus made life difficult for Amakhosi as they looked to end their two-game losing streak in the competition.
This made for a tight first half where Chiefs were put on the back foot and needed to fight tooth and nail to keep the scoreline level.
With the half-time whistle looming, Elgeco Plus had a shout for a penalty waved away as they went into the break goalless.
Chiefs have scored eight goals in three games in the competition and would have hoped for a better second half.
Middendorp was certainly not too pleased with his side’s showing in the opening half, and Chiefs responded with an added attacking impetus.
Hendrick Ekstein was coming more into the game after a quiet first half, and he fed the ball for Willard Katsande, whose effort flew over the crossbar on the hour mark.
Ekstein eventually proved to be Chiefs’ danger man as he broke the deadlock with under 20 minutes to go.
The midfielder combined well with Bernard Parker and delivered the killer blow that extended Chiefs’ aggregate lead to four, putting the match beyond the reach of the hosts.
But Chiefs were not done just yet, and Parker came close to doubling Chiefs’ advantage, but the veteran’s attempt went off target.
Chiefs may have been in cruise control but that didn’t stop their attacking threat as Ryan Moon’s header found the back of the net to double the Soweto giant’s advantage.
Ekstein then scored his second of the day, ensuring that Chiefs walked away with not only a 3-0 win but kept their hopes of a group stage berth alive.