Zimbabweans on target for rampant Chiefs in South African Premiership
Johannesburg: Zimbabweans Kingston Nkhatha and Knowledge Musona scored as Kaizer Chiefs triumphed 2-0 at Moroka Swallows to take a 10-point lead in the South African Premiership this weekend.
Nkhatha scored after just four minutes of a lively Soweto derby at chilly Dobsonville Stadium and fellow striker Musona added the second goal on 72 minutes.
The goals were almost identical with the Zimbabweans making perfectly-timed runs to spring an offside trap and beat Nigeria-born goalkeeper Greg Etafia.
Nkhatha netted with a low shot into the corner while Musona scored off a lob as Chiefs achieved a club record eight consecutive Premiership victories.
Defending champions Chiefs have 36 points from 16 games, SuperSport United 26 and Mamelodi Sundowns and Wits University 25 each entering the second half of the season.
"We played fantastic football at times," said Chiefs` England-born coach Stuart Baxter, "and should have scored a few more goals.
"Our lead is healthy but we respect every opponent and are taking nothing for granted, especially with CAF Champions League commitments looming."
Swallows coach Zeca Marques said midfield sloppiness cost his sixth-place side dearly in the quest for a first Premiership title.
"I warned my midfielders before the game not to give the ball away cheaply -- but we did on occasions and Chiefs punished us."
Former champions SuperSport recovered from a surprise midweek defeat by AmaZulu to edge Pretoria University 1-0 at home in another local derby.
Midfielder Lebogang Manyama, a recent signing from Ajax Cape Town, struck the winner on nine minutes in Atteridgeville township by finishing off a cross.
Malawian Gabadinho Mhango and Lerato Lamola were on target as mid-table Bloemfontein Celtic won 2-0 away to relegation-threatened Free State Stars 2-0 in central town Bethlehem.