Kaizer Chiefs cruised past AmaZulu with an emphatic 3-0 victory to book their spot in the Telkom Knockout quarter-finals.
Chiefs recovered from an early scare after Rhulani Manzini was clear on goal but the striker was denied by a brilliant stop by Chiefs goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune.
AmaZulu had another opportunity to score in the 23rd minute after Mabhuti Khenyeza twisted and turned to create space for himself in the box, only to scuff his shot wide of goal.
Amakhosi’s defence was struggling to deal with the AmaZulu attack after Butholezwe Ncube rose highest to meet a cross from Jabulani Ncubeni, but the forward’s effort sailed just over the bar.
Chiefs broke AmaZulu hearts after George Maluleka took a long range shot that deflected over Boalefa Pule to give his side a 1-0 lead in the 33rd minute.
Three minutes later, Hendrick Ekstein should have made it 2-0 after a flowing move from Chiefs saw the midfielder through on goal. Ekstein did well to round the goalkeeper but took too long to get his shot away as his eventual effort was repelled for a corner by Pule.
Maluleka had another crack from range but Pule was up to the task again as AmaZulu kept the score down to 1-0 at halftime.
Amakhosi looked to increase the tempo in the second half and they did just that early on after applying pressure.
Steve Komphela’s men won a corner and the delivery fell for Ekstein, whose shot took a deflection before finding the back of the net in the 55th minute to make it 2-0 Chiefs.
The Soweto giants were in the mood in the second half and they extended their lead through Siphiwe Tshabalala, who smashed a loose ball into the back of the net to make it 3-0 on the hour mark.
Ekstein had a chance to add another for Chiefs after he had a shot from close range but Pule was alert to the danger and reacted well to save the effort.
Chiefs controlled the match until the end and ran out eventual 3-0 winners, progressing to the last eight of the competition.