Zimbabwe international Knowledge Musona struck in the first half as Kaizer Chiefs beat former champions SuperSport United 2-0 in a South Africa Absa Premiership match at FNB stadium on Wednesday night.
It was Musona’s 12th goal of the season. Reneilwe Letsholonyane scored the second goal in the second half.
The result now sees Chiefs right back in the title hunt while SuperSport could see themselves slip into a nasty relegation battle.
Chiefs lie fourth with 50 points from 26 games, one point behind third-placed Mamelodi Sundowns and three behind joint leaders Orlando Pirates and Ajax Cape Town.
The first 45 minutes saw Amakhosi dominating the early exchanges with their short, sharp and accurate passing. They were impressive and their high-tempo game clearly trouble the United defence.
Consequently, it was Chiefs’ passing that led to the opening goal in the 15th minute. Letsholonyane won the ball in the midfield and played a swift pass to Siphiwe Tshabalala who cleverly slipped the ball through to Knowledge Musona and left him with only the keeper to beat.
The Phefeni Glamour Boy made no mistake from 12-yards out with a clinical finish to score his 12th goal of the league season and give his side the lead on the night, 1-0.
Although, SuperSport struggled early on they slowly found their footing in the game and were spurred into life when they went a goal down.
Fikru Lemasse did almost hit back in the 18th minute when he met an Anthon Laffor cross with a powerful header.
Chiefs’ Itumeleng Khune, however, was at hand with a fantastic save diving to his left to palm the ball away from danger.
The Amakhosi should really have doubled their lead in the 23rd minute when Valery Nahayo rose highest to meet a Tshabalala corner-kick, but his six-yard header skimmed the wrong side of the upright.
As the half progressed United’s presence in the game became more pronounced and they certainly ended the first half the stronger of the two sides, but still they were unable to penetrate a stubborn Kaizer Chiefs’ defence.
The second half saw United with the lion’s share of possession and in complete control of the match. However, despite their dominance of the half they were unable to make it count.
The closest SuperSport came to finding an equaliser came in the 70th minute when Thabo September attacked down the right flank and whipped an inviting cross into the box.
Gabonamong did well to rise between two Chiefs defenders to meet the ball with his head, but his effort went inches wide of the upright.
Two minutes before time the result was put beyond doubt when Letsholonyane found Chiefs’ second goal.
A quick counter attack saw Abia Nale break down the left flank before he provided a pass to find Letsholonyane on the edge of the box.
The Bafana midfielder then let loose with an accurate shot that found the bottom left-hand corner of the net to make it 2-0.