Chiefs cruise into second round
Posted: 8 March 2014 Time: 17:05
Kaizer Chiefs cruised into the next round of the CAF Champions League after a 3-0 away win over Liga Mulculmana, to progress 7-0 on aggregate.
The Mozambican champions boasted an unbeaten home record in CAF competitions prior to the match, but that statistic has been well and truly shattered after a clinical Chiefs display put them to the sword.
Knowledge Musona bagged a hat-trick in the first half before taking a well-earned break early in the second stanza as Kingston Nkhatha replaced him.
The Zimbabwean striker took just 15 minutes to open the scoring and netted a second 12 minutes later to make it 2-0 as Amakhosi killed Muculmana's challenge before even 30 minutes of the second leg.
Chiefs were then awarded a penalty just after the half-hour mark and the 'Smiling Assassin' made no mistake from the spot to seal his hat-trick, and Chiefs' passage to the next round.
Reneilwe Letsholonyane was replaced by George Maluleka just before half-time after succumbing to a facial injury, but the wound is only a cut mouth and will not keep the midfielder sidelined.
The second half saw more of a fightback from the hosts as they tried to salvage some pride but the Chiefs defence repelled their attacks, while Reyaad Pieterse made a few important saves and will be delighted to have preserved the clean sheet in the absence of Itumeleng Khune.
The Glamour Boys will now face either AS Vita (DR Congo) or Dynamos (Zimbabwe) in the second round of the competition.
Kaizer Chiefs: Pieterse, Gaxa, Masilela, Mashamaite, Gould, Bukenya, Nkosi (Baloyi), Letsholonyane (Maluleka), Lebese, Rusike, Musona (Nkhatha).
Subs: Khuzwayo, Baloyi, Nkhatha, Maluleka, Tshabalala, Gordinho, Moleko.