Amakhosi were coming off a defeat after losing to Ajax Cape Town last week, but made their intentions clear as early as the 12th minute. Kaizer Motaung Jnr was picked in the box with a pinpoint cross by Abia Nale and he needed no second invitations as he pounced on it and headed Chiefs into the lead, much to the delight of the Amakhosi faithful.
Usuthu struggled to get into gear for most of the half and it was Chiefs who dominated much of the possession and deservedly took a 2-0 lead 11 minutes from the break.
Skipper Jimmy Tau delivered a fantastic cross from the right in the 36th minute and Motaung Jnr’s excellent diving header handed the Phefeni Glamour Boys a comfortable lead – a goal that goes some distance into silencing the striker’s critics.
Chiefs were not done in this half though, as Knowledge Musona hit the post with a low shot on the stroke of half-time.
Motaung Jnr had to make way for Sthembiso Ngcobo at half-time after he sustained an injury, much to the disappointment of the fans who had witnessed two great goals from the boss’ son.
AmaZulu looked a better side after the break, but there were no decent chances for either side.
However, the crowd eventually got on its feet though when Stanton Lewis, who signed from Ajax Cape Town on loan, made his debut, coming in for Abia Nale in the 78th minute.
But it was AmaZulu that got back into the match. Namibian midfielder-cum-striker Tangeni Shipahu beat Itumeleng Khune from about six yards to set up an exciting finish.
Chiefs though, hit back immediately. Jimmy Jambo blasted a long-range shot to beat Nhlanhla Khuzwayo with a long-range shot to all but seal it for Chiefs.