MUSONA FIRES CHIEFS TO LAST 16
By: Khanyisani Dlomo
Knowledge Musona’s clinical finish in the extra time fired Nedbank Cup defending champions Kaizer Chiefs to last 16 on Sunday afternoon.
Amakhosi edged Black Leopards with a hard-fought 1-0 at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in the last 32. Lidoda Duvha displayed a constructive brand of football, created numerous scoring opportunities but could not utilize them accordingly.
David Zulu should have put the home team on the lead but his shot deflected wide with Chiefs goalie Brilliant Khuzwayo beaten with just five minutes on the clock.
Both teams had chances to score with Rendani Ndou blasting the ball over the crossbar from six yards while Chiefs defender Morgan Gould’s header was cleared off the line
Amakhosi could have grabbed a lead on the 30th minute after Tefu Mashamaite unleashed a powerful shot but Leopards keeper, Jacob Mokhasi, brilliantly saved it.
In the second stanza, Leopards continued to dominate the match but their poor decision making let them down. Ndou could have punished Chiefs but chose to volley his shot over the bar.
The National First Division side could have sealed the victory in the last minute but Gould rescued Chiefs as he cleared Brian Amidu off the line, forcing the match to go to extra-time.
Leopards shot themselves in the foot after a mistake at the back with the ball falling on Siphiwe Tshabalala’s way, finding Musona who smashed the winner.
Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter admits that Lidoda Duvha was a better side.
“Leopards played with a nice three man midfield and dropped off the striker in the pocket and they played through us too much. Far too many times we lost concentration, both in possession and out of possession; we’ve got a lot of work to do,” Baxter was quoted as saying on Soccer Laduuma website.
“We always working in a result industry but if you’re talking about going completely wrong, that would have been losing the game.
“I think it was difficult for our lads to get themselves going and they soon realized they had a game on their hands.”
Meanwhile AmaZulu progressed to the last 16 after defeating United FC 2-0 courtesy of an own goal from Mpho Mvelase and Bongani Ndulula at Olympia Park.