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KAIZER Chiefs striker Knowledge Musona scored a magnificent brace as Amakhosi cruised to  a 2-0 victory over Mpumalanga Black Aces in Witbank on Wednesday.

The Zimbabwean netted an over-head kick and then added a fantastic second to bring Amakhosi to within four points of league leaders Mamelodi Sundowns.
It took just 55 seconds for Chiefs to find themselves ahead and the opening goal of the game was a piece of pure brilliance on the part of Musona. Thomas Sweswe turned in the perfect ball from the right wing and Musona met the ball with a perfectly executed over-head kick to fire it past Onyango to hand the visitors the lead.
Aces were by no means bystanders in the game and came close to levelling the scores in the 13th minute. Thokozane Khanyile rolled the ball to Walter Ramulondi who went for goal from distance and sent the ball rocketing past Bartman. To the reprieve of the Chiefs keeper the ball hit his right hand upright.
In first half stoppage time Onyango intercepted a pass from Motaung as he tried to find Musona in the six yard box, Chiefs went into the break a goal ahead.
The writing was on the wall for Aces as they would be going down to their fifth successive defeat when Musona turned home a pass from close range after he had been put on goal by Jimmy Tau in the 53rd minute, 2-0.
Even when Aces did manage to get sight of goal they were frustrated by firm goalkeeping as was the case in the 60th minute. Marwaan Bantam’s corner from the left was flicked to the far post by Sibusiso Dabi and Bafo Biyela hit it goalwards only for Bartman to push the ball up and over his post to safety.
With a quarter of an hour to go Masondo sent a header agonisingly close to goal, Aces frustrations were summed up when Bienvenue Tipa miss hit the ball from close range in the 90th minute and the ball went straight to Bartman.
AmaZulu stunned Mamelodi Sundowns with a 3-2 success in a thrilling Absa Premiership clash at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on Wednesday.
Lehlohonolo Majoro’s brace put Usuthu in control and they led 2-0 at the break, but Sundowns hit back through Katlego Mphela and Lionel Mtizwa. But AmaZulu sealed the points with a late strike from Tangeni Shapahu.
Namibian striker Shipahu, who was one of the star performers in AmaZulu’s 4-0 win against Mpumalanga Black Aces on Sunday, should have given his team the lead as early as the fourth minute.
Defender Siyanda Xulu gifted Shipahu a clear run at Wayne Sandilands in the Sundowns goals by missing an easy clearance. But the striker shot hopelessly wide when he had the goal at his mercy.
However, continued pressure from the visitors yielded a goal for AmaZulu when Sibusiso Hadebe’s precise pass from the centre of midfield cut open the Sundowns defence and fell perfectly for team mate Majoro who was located in the opposition penalty area.
The striker, who also bagged a brace of goals against Aces, controlled the ball expertly and fired coolly past Sandilands in goals. Majoro doubled the Usuthu’s advantage after linking up with Shipahu in a move that started in AmaZulu’s own half. Once again, Majoro was able to finish with aplomb.
Sundowns got just the break they were looking for to get back into the game when they were awarded a penalty in the 51st minute. Mphela, who came on as a halftime substitute, pulled back one for the hosts.
From then onwards it looked certain that Sundowns would draw level and possibly pull clear as they were completely dictating play. Mabhuti Khenyeza should have restored parity when he had clear sight of goal in the 59th minute, but he hit his volley onto the AmaZulu crossbar.
However, the Brazilians eventually drew level in the 77th minute when a Mutizwa volleyed home during a goalmouth scramble.
With the stage set for the Sundowns to pull off a memorable comeback, it was the visitors who claimed the spoils when Shipahu finally managed to find the back of the net in the 90th minute with a lobbed effort.
Lamontville Golden Arrows and Ajax Cape Town played to a 1-1 draw in their final Absa Premiership match of 2010 at the Chatsworth Stadium on Wednesday afternoon.
Zimbabwean Khama Billiat put Ajax ahead on the half-hour mark, before Abafana Bes’thende substitute Siphesihle Nzimande equalised on 60 minutes.
The visitors began to take control just past the 15-minute mark when home keeper Helton da Rocha was forced to parry Billiat’s thunderous shot from close-range, a magnificent save, but a sign that Ajax were beginning to take control of the game.
And the Urban Warriors did take the lead on 29 minutes when Billiat netted after being put through by Thulano Serero, keeping his composure with just Da Rocha to beat.
Lebogang Manyama then provided Billiat with another opportunity seven minutes before the break, but Da Rocha was smartly off his line to smother the danger.
Golden Arrows went in search of the equaliser after the break and they were rewarded when after Thanduyise Khuboni had won a free-kick, Mkhize delivered the set-piece and halftime substitute Nzimande was on hand to head home from close-range.
It was all the home team after that as Siyabonga Nkosi headed just wide from an Nzimande cross and substitute Murakami had his goal-bound shot blocked by an Ajax defender from close-range. — KickOff.

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