Kaizer Chiefs celebrated their 50th birthday in style turning on the power to produce a clinical 3-0 win against Highlands Park in an Absa Premiership match at a packed FNB Stadium.
Chiefs went about their job with professionalism, not getting carried away by the occasion with Erick Mathoho scoring in the 27th minute to give Chiefs the lead at the break.
Colombian striker Leonardo Castro made sure the festivities spilled over into the Sowetan night with goals in the 57th and 70th minute sealing maximum points and cementing Chiefs lead at the apex of the league table as they aim for first silverware in 5 years.
There was immense cheer in the air amongst the 45,000 festive crowd who benefited from the free tickets Chiefs gave out in the build-up to the game. It was a memorable evening indeed for those cheering on the Gold and Black.
The sincere hope now in the Chiefs camp led by chairman Kaizer Motaung who surrounded by club legends, sliced a huge cake on the field at half time – and ate it, is to seal a half-century season with a league title.
In all honesty though, the performance of the team on the night was far from the image of the beautiful teams who swept all before them in the two decades following their founding on January 7, 1970.
The win was also sweeter as the cake ate on the sidelines as oversaw the re-establishment of a six-point gap at the top of the Premier League table following second-placed Mamelodi Sundowns having being held 0-0 at home by Bidvest Wits on Tuesday night.
By Gerald Dandah