Goals by Matthew Rusike and Bernard Parker saw Kaizer Chiefs beat AmaZulu in an Absa Premiership match at the FNB Stadium on Tuesday night.
Despite a positive start by Chiefs, Usuthu were not prepared to sit back and threatened the Chiefs goal when Marc Van Heerden, who has a reputation for set piece goals, tested Chiefs goal minder Itumeleng Khune with a 30-yard free-kick.
But then Chiefs opened the score when George Lebese’s cross from the left wing was not properly cleared and the ball fell into the path of Rusike who struck a venomous shot from the edge of the box with his right foot.
Eight minutes after the break Chiefs should have had a second when Lebese laid the ball onto Rusike, but the striker could only shoot high into the stands from just inside the box.
Chiefs doubled their lead in the 82nd minute through Parker who replaced Rusike in the second half.
The Absa Premiership leading goal scorer found his ninth league goal when he spotted Tapuwa Kapini off his line and curled a looping shot from just outside the box into the back of the net.
Kaizer Chiefs (1) 2 (Rusike 37′, Parker 82′)
Chiefs: Khune, Gaxa, Mathoho, Mashamaite, Masilela, Lebese, Katsande, Letsholonyane, Tshabalala (Nkhatha 72′), Majoro (Zvasiya 88′), Rusike (Parker 58′)
AmaZulu: Kapini, Teyise (Senamela 74′), Van Heerden, Nyandombo, Cele, Mbele, Mokoro, Madondo, Khumalo (Vilakazi 86′), G Dlamini, A Dlamini.