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Akpeyi’s Chiefs too hot for Chippa on chairman’s birthday

On the day of club founder Kaizer Motaung’s 77th birthday, Daniel Akpeyi’s Kaizer Chiefs turned on the style in a 4-0 DStv Premiership win over Chippa United at FNB Stadium on Saturday.

Khama Billiat set up Keagan Dolly for a first-half double and the latter returned the favour for a brilliant third, before Lazalous Kambole scored a rare goal, as the Amakhosi climbed up to eighth spot on the 2021-22 league standings.

Defeat, a fourth in five matches, leaves Chippa in 14th and just three points above the relegation zone.

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Chippa started the game on the front foot and went close on two occasions in the opening 10 minutes of the match. Thokozani Sekotlong dragged his rasping attempt narrowly wide of goal after Njabulo Ngcobo was dispossessed in midfield, before Athini Jodwana stung the palms of Daniel Akpeyi with a powerful shot moments later.

But having failed to punish Chiefs, Chippa were made to rue not converting their early pressure into a goal as the hosts hit the front with 12 minutes on the clock. A defensive error was pounced upon by Billiat, who rolled the ball into Dolly’s path and he made no mistake with a thumping left-footed finish.

Bernard Parker then went close with a curling shot in the 25th minute before Dolly completed his brace six minutes later. The Chiefs winger beat the offside trap and dazzled Siphesihle Mkhize before placing the ball past Rashid Watenga in the Chilli Boys goal.

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Sekotlong almost pulled a goal back for the visitors just short of the hour mark after bursting onto a long ball forward but Akpeyi stood tall to make a good save.

The scorer then turned provider at the other end of the field as Dolly slipped the ball into Billiat’s path in the 70th minute of the match. The Zimbabwean proved his class with a stunning finish into the far corner.

Kambole made it four late on with only his second goal for the Glamour Boys. Dolly was heavily involved once more to cap a brilliant individual performance for the Soweto giants.

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