Chiefs celebrate half century with thumping win

Chiefs celebrate half century with thumping win
Eric Mathoho (r) celebrates goal with teammate Kearyn Baccus of Kaizer Chiefs during the Absa Premiership 2019/20 match between Kaizer Chiefs and Highlands Park at the FNB Stadium, Johannesburg on the 08 January 2020 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

by Graeme Jackson

Wednesday Jan 08, 2020. 22:13

Kaizer Chiefs had a double reason to celebrate on Wednesday night, as the Soweto club both marked their 50th birthday and claimed a 3-0 home win over Highlands Park at FNB Stadium to headline a busy midweek in South Africa’s Absa Premiership.

Goals from Eric Mathoho and Leonardo Castro (two) saw the Amakhosi claim the victory and open up a six-point lead over second-placed Mamelodi Sundowns (who were held 0-0 by 10-man Bidvest Wits on Tuesday night at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium), underlining their status as title favourites early in the New Year.

SuperSport United are placed third after playing out a thrilling 2-2 draw at home to Maritzburg United in which the KwaZulu-Natal side twice fought back to secure a share of the spoils. Matsatsantsa led through Kudakwashe Mahachi and Evans Rusike, but they were pegged back by Judas Moseamedi and Thabiso Kutumela.

Another 2-2 draw was played out at Cape Town Stadium between Cape Town City and AmaZulu. The hosts held a strong lead through strikes from Bradley Ralani and Roland Putsche, but Usuthu hit back through a brace from Bonginkosi Ntuli.

In Durban, Golden Arrows pushed into the top half of the table thanks to a 1-0 win over bottom-of-the-log Baroka FC, with Lerato Lamola netting the decisive goal, while Chippa United continued their resurgence with a 2-1 win in Thohoyandou over Black Leopards, with goals at the start and end of the game by Thabo Rakhale and Silas Maziya respectively.

Tuesday also saw Bloemfontein Celtic mount a late rally to come from behind and defeat an ailing Stellenbosch, while Frank Mhango hit a hat-trick as Orlando Pirates crushed Polokwane City 4-1 away from home for their biggest win of the campaign.

The Absa Premiership will continue with a run of eight fixtures spread over this coming weekend 11-12 January and next week Wednesday 15 January.

Absa Premiership results, 7-8 January

Tuesday 7 January

Stellenbosch 1-2 Bloemfontein Celtic

Mamelodi Sundowns 0-0 Bidvest Wits

Polokwane City 1-4 Orlando Pirates

Wednesday 8 January

Black Leopards 1-2 Chippa United

Cape Town City 2-2 AmaZulu

SuperSport United 2-2 Maritzburg United

Golden Arrows 1-0 Baroka FC

Kaizer Chiefs 3-0 Highlands Park

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