Chiefs brush off Ea Lla Koto
Posted: 7 February 2017 Time: 17:50
Kaizer Chiefs stalwarts Siphiwe Tshabalala, Bernard Parker and Willard Katsande were on target in a 3-1 win over struggling Free State Stars at FNB Stadium.
'Shabba' opened the scoring against his former club with a superb free-kick from 25 yards in the 18th minute.
Parker then struck around the half-hour mark on the rebound after his penalty was saved by goalkeeper Thela Ngobeni, who earlier fouled Edmore Chirambadare in the area.
Stars debutant Mohammed Anas nearly pulled one back in the 41st minute, but his deflected shot hit the far post and went out.
Amakhosi coach Steve Komphela handed new signing Gustavo Paez his debut in the 59th minute, with the Venezuelan striker taking the place of Chirambadare.
Four minutes later Zimbabwean workhorse Katsande made it 3-0 for the hosts with a fine solo effort.
Ea Lla Koto managed to reduce the deficit when ex-Orlando Pirates defender Rooi Mahamutsa netted with a free-kick in the 73rd minute.
However, Serame Letsoaka's side were unable to make further inroads in his first assignment since taking over the reins from Giovanni Solinas in January.
A third straight win for the Glamour Boys lifted them above SuperSport United - who host Golden Arrows on Wednesday - to third on the table with 27 points from 16 games - a point behind Cape Town City and Bidvest Wits.
Stars remain in 14th place with 14 points from 16 matches - a point above the drop zone.
HOME: Kaizer Chiefs
Coach: Steve Komphela
AWAY: Free State Stars
Coach: Serame Letsoaka