31.08.2014 20:14 h

Kaizer Chiefs add to SuperSport gloom

Kaizer Chiefs made it five wins out of five at the start of the South African Premiership season by defeating coachless SuperSport United 2-0 this weekend.

Mandla Masango and Zimbabwean Kingston Nkhatha scored within nine minutes during the second half at a chilly Soccer City stadium in Soweto.

SuperSport fired Cavin Johnson after three losses in four league games and recently-sacked South Africa coach Gordon Igesund is the media favourite to take over.

Despite a poor two-year term in charge of Bafana Bafana (The Boys), Igesund boasts a Premiership record of having won the title with four clubs.

The ultimately comfortable victory doubled to four points the lead Chiefs enjoy over closest rivals Ajax Cape Town, who snatched a 1-1 draw at Port Elizabeth-based Chippa United.

Chippa, who topped the table after the first round and then suffered three consecutive defeats, went ahead nine minutes from time through substitute Mxolosi Ntshingila.

Another player who came off the bench, Thabiso Nkoana, saved the unbeaten record of the 'Urban Warriors' with a last-minute equaliser.

Goal-shy Wits University, a Johannesburg team renowned for 'ugly' solitary-goal victories, cheered supporters on a freezing end-of-winter night with a 3-0 home win over Moroka Swallows.

Ethiopian Getaneh Kebede made the most of a rare starting line-up place this season by bagging a brace at Wits' tiny ground overlooking the Johannesburg-Pretoria highway.

Kebede, a pivotal figure in the recent revival of Ethiopia, scored in each half and substitute Sameehg Doutie beat Nigeria-born Swallows goalkeeper Greg Etafia direct from a free kick.

Chiefs have accumulated 15 points in the richest African national football championship with a 10 million rand ($940,000, 720,000 euros) first prize.

Ajax, a team not expected to be among the title front-runners as they constantly lose stars to richer domestic rivals, have 11, Wits 10 and Swallows nine.

Orlando Pirates rose three places to fifth after thrashing second-from-bottom Polokwane City 3-0 with Kermit Erasmus and Lehlohonolo Majoro among the goals again.

Erasmus followed up an exquisite midweek pair of lobbed strikes against defending champions Mamelodi Sundowns, by claiming an ordinary goal on the half-hour.

Close-season signing Thabo Qalinge doubled the advantage before half-time and Majoro, also a scorer against Sundowns, completed the rout four minutes from time.

The defeat by Pirates had left Sundowns 12th, but they rose four places as two second-half headers from Zimbabwean Cuthbert Malajila delivered a 2-0 home win over bottom club AmaZulu in Pretoria.