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KAIZER Chiefs took over an hour to break down SuperSport United but showed the necessary application and patience to win 2-0 last night (SAT) and keep up their 100 percent start to the season.
Goals inside a period of seven minutes, just after the hour, from Mandla Masango and Kingston Nkhatha ensured an eighth win on the trot five in the league and three in the MTN8.
Masango continued a rich vein of recent form, which has earned him a national team call-up, with a super goal at the end of a typical one-two from Chiefs in the 63rd minute with Reneilwe Letsholonyane.
Nkhatha showed a quick touch with a goal off his heel after a miscue from Letsholonyane some seven minutes later.
George Maluleka hit the upright with a deft chip near the end and Letsholonyane could have walked the ball into the back of the net for another but pushed his effort wide.
Chiefs delight at the victory was exaggerated by the return from injury of Bernard Parker, back on the field quicker than the doctors expected after ankle surgery. He made a cameo appearance in the second half.
Chiefs now have a full haul of 15 points as the clubs go into a twoweek break for African Nations Cup qualifiers, four clear of second placed Ajax Cape Town.
SuperSport, who fired coach Cavin Johnson on Thursday, approached the game with a cautious plan, happy to keep the ball in a slow build up and not venture too quickly forward, fearful that any loss of possession would allow Chiefs to catch them with a quick counter attack.
The last time Chiefs won their first five games of the season was in the first Premier Soccer League campaign in 1996/97, although in the end finished runners-up to Manning Rangers.
OTHER RESULTS: Polokwane City 0, Orlando Pirates 3; Free State Stars 1, Maritzburg United 1; Black Aces 0; University of Pretoria 0.