Johannesburg - A goal in either half handed defending league champions a comfortable 2-0 victory over Maritzburg United in a Premiership clash at FNB Stadium on Saturday night.
On the back of a humbling 3-1 defeat to SuperSport United in their last league outing, Chiefs notched up their second win of the season, courtesy of Knowledge Musona's opener in the 37th minute, followed by a goal from George Lebese 15 minutes from time.
Musona scored his first goal of the season, having failed in front of goal in his first three outings for the Soweto side, but the nuggety forward managed to score for Zimbabwe in an international friendly against Bafana Bafana earlier this week.
Musona had struggled to make his mark at Chiefs since re-joining the Soweto giants in July on a one-year loan deal from German side 1899 Hoffenheim, but atoned for his slow start with a composed finish following a breakaway from the league champions.
The home side stamped their authority from the first whistle, but United goalkeeper Shu-Aib Walters was in no mood to concede, as he thwarted Bernard Parker, Musona and Reneilwe Letsholonyane inside 20 minutes.
The game continued to open up, with both sides switching play along the flanks, but Musona's deadly effort drew first blood, after Tshabalala's shot struck the upright from a deflection, before falling kindly to Musona, who made no mistake finding the back of the net.
Chiefs looked content to let the visitors have much of the possession after the interval, but United failed to capitalise as Terrance Mandaza had the pick of the opportunities, but failed to test Itumeleng Khune, who had looked untroubled throughout.
Musona continued to look dangerous and came close to doubling his tally in the 59th minute, but Walters, who had not put a foot wrong despite conceding in the first half, made a straightforward stop to deny the Zimbabwe international his second.
Rheece Evans was next to ask questions of the Amakhosi defence, but the youngster directed his header high and wide of the mark, before Musona replied with a narrow miss of his own.
Kingston Nkhatha, eager to get in on the action had the best chance of the half for Chiefs when he drilled an effort goalwards, but Walters was once again equal to the task and parried away the powerful effort.
Walters' resilience was eventually broken as second half replacement Lebese slotted home Chiefs' second, after Letsholonyane's shot was well saved but landed in the path of the advancing forward, who had the easiest of chances to convert into an empty net.