Super Eagles keeper Daniel Akpeyi kept a clean sheet as Kaizer Chiefs registered their first victory in the CAF Champions League group stages with a 2-0 win over Petro de Luanda on Saturday night.
Chiefs were without injured striking pair Samir Nurkovic and Leonardo Castro, with Bernard Parker and Lazarous Kambole leading the front-line while shot-stopper Daniel Akpeyi took the place of Itumeleng Khune, who was out on compassionate leave.
Amakhosi were all over Petro in the early exchanges, as Nkosingiphile Ngcobo had a chance to put the hosts ahead the ninth minute with a snap-shot that sailed over the bar.
Eric Mathoho finally broke the deadlock for Gavin Hunt’s charges on the half-hour mark with a header from close range after a cross by Ngcobo to register the side’s first goal of the group stage campaign.
The Glamour Boys kept on putting the visitors under pressure in the closing stages of the first stanza but they could not carve out clear openings as they settled for a 1-0 lead going to the break.
The hosts continued where they left off coming after the break, with Daniel Cardoso going very close to doubling the lead in the 62nd minute with a header that crashed against the upright.
Happy Mashiane also had a chance to double the lead for Chiefs five minutes later with a strike on the left side of the box that was saved by shot-stopper Signori Antonio.
Mashiane wrapped up the win for Amakhosi 11 minutes before time with a low strike into the bottom corner after skipping past a couple challenges.