Abia Nale scored a brace as Golden Arrows powered their way to fourth place on the Absa Premiership table with an emphatic 3-1win over Thanda Royal Zulu at the King Zwelethini Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Nale's scored a goal in each half? after Mauricio Pequenino put 'Abafana Bes'thende' in the lead in the fifth minute. Ivorian striker Serge Djiehoua pulled one back for Thanda late in the game.
Arrows were two goals up midway through the first half and their attacking play proved to be too much for Thanda to handle.
Pequenino put 'Abafana Bes'thende' ahead in the fifth minute after collecting a pass from Kagisho Dikgacoi in the penalty area and burying it in the back of the net from close range.
Nale then scored his first goal of the match in the 24th minute putting the game beyond the reach of relegation-strugglers Thanda before the whistle was blown for halftime.
Thanda brought on former Chiefs players Serge Djiehoua and Emmanuel Ngobese at the start of the second half, and this nearly paid off in the 63rd minute but? Djiehoua sent his header wide of goal.
Nale made Thanda pay for their missed chances, as he drilled home a left footed shot from just inside the penalty area in the 71st minute.
Djiehoua did manage to pull one back for the relegation strugglers six minutes later, heading in a good cross from Japie Motale.
The hosts are now sitting pretty in fourth on 38 points, while Thanda remain dangerously close to the relegation zone in 14th place with just 24 points.
Arrows: Wardle, Ratsoana, Musonda, Andzouana, Bilankulu, Dikgacoi, Shange, Mvundla ( Zothwane 68), Mshengu (Henyekane 51), Nale (Khubone 74), Pequenino
Thanda: Arason, Motale, Mashishi, Mohammed, Mayo, Kibe (Mbhele 59), Mahlangu, Mazibuko (Djiehoua 46), Kgafane (Ngobese 46), Loke, Botha
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