Kaizer Chiefs returned to winning ways after cruising to a comfortable 4-0 victory over Gavin Hunt’s Chippa United side at the FNB Stadium in the DStv Premiership on Saturday afternoon.
Stuart Baxter made one change to his side that drew 1-1 against AmaZulu before the international break as Nkosingiphile “Mshini” Ngcobo came in to replace Cole Alexander in midfield.
Chippa should’ve taken the lead in the early stages of the game when Thokozani Sekotlong capitalised on poor defending from Chiefs but he dragged his effort wide of goal after going one on one with Daniel Akpeyi.
Chiefs hit back and took the lead in the 12th minute after Khama Billiat latched on to a loose ball before playing it through to Keagan Dolly, whose first time finish found the back of the net from a tight angle.
Ismail Watenga then came to Chippa’s rescue when he produced a fingertip save to deny Billiat’s thunderous effort from distance.
Amakhosi managed to double their lead just after the half-hour mark when Dolly cut inside to unleash a curling effort which found the bottom corner from a tight angle.
The Chilli Boys had a chance to pull a goal back just before the halftime break when Siphesihle Mkhize unleashed a powerful shot at goal but Akpeyi made a great save to deny him as the game went into the break 2-0 in favour of Chiefs.
Chiefs continued to show their intent in the second half and almost extended their lead when Nange played a one-two pass with Dolly before having his effort saved by Watenga.
Akpeyi was then called into action after 59 minutes of play when he made a good save to deny Sekotlong’s shot at goal after making a good run behind the Chiefs defence.
Both sides opted to bring on fresh legs in the 66th minute as Chippa brought on Eva Nga Bienvenu in place of Thokozani Sekotlong, while Chiefs replaced Ngcobo with Anthony Agay.
Amakhosi eventually made it 3-0 in the 70th minute when Billiat fired his effort into the far corner after he was played through on goal by Dolly.
Lentjies should have reduced the deficit in the 78th minute when he fired a header towards the goal but saw his effort saved by the Amakhosi goalkeeper.
Baxter made his second substitution two minutes later as Reeve Frosler made way for Sibusiso Mabiliso in defence before Kambole came on for Billiat in attack six minutes later.
Amakhosi put the game beyond the Chilli Boys in stoppage time when substitute Kambole found the net from close range as Chiefs hold on to secure a 4-0 victory on home soil.