local soccer 16.9.2013 06:00 am

Musona opens PSL scoring account

FANCY FOOTWORK. Kaizer Chiefs' Siphiwe Tshabalala during their Premiership match against Maritzburg United at FNB Stadium on Saturday. Chiefs won 2-0. Picture: Gallo Images

FANCY FOOTWORK. Kaizer Chiefs' Siphiwe Tshabalala during their Premiership match against Maritzburg United at FNB Stadium on Saturday. Chiefs won 2-0. Picture: Gallo Images

Stuart Baxter sounded pleased with his striker Knowledge Musona, who finally opened his goal-scoring account for Kaizer Chiefs on Saturday.

Musona has been under pressure to score since his return to the team in the close season on a loan deal from German side TSG Hoffenheim.

“It looks like he’s landed,” Baxter said after Chiefs beat Maritzburg United 2-0 at FNB Stadium.

“Knowledge has been looking sharper at training. He scored in a friendly against Black Aces, he scored for the national team, and he scored today.”

Expectations on Musona scoring from the onset were heightened by how he left South Africa’s PSL three seasons ago.

When he moved to the Bundesliga, the Zimbabwean international finished as the PSL’s top goalscorer.

And when he was signed by Amakhosi on loan, the football fraternity anticipated the free-scoring Musona of old. But his first goal in an official match took four games – a fine strike against United in the 37th minute to give Chiefs the lead.

Substitute George Lebese scored the second goal with 15 minutes remaining in the match.

Chiefs literally camped inside their visitors’ territory for the greater part of the first half and Musona’s strike was inevitable.

“I thought, in the first 35 minutes of the first half, we played some outstanding football,” Baxter said.

“Then it was about playing against a compact defence and picking our way through with movement and passing.”

Meanwhile, Baxter’s counterpart, Ernst Middendorp, who ironically is a former Chiefs coach, said his ex-club deserved to win.

“A fully-deserved win for Kaizer Chiefs – congratulations,” the German-born coach said.

“I thought we had a moment where we were coming in before we conceded the second goal. There was a bit of hope, but not more.”

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