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Kaizer Chiefs beat Nathi Lions in Nedbank Cup

Posted: 13 March 2011 Time: 17:46

Nathi Lions very nearly became the third First Division team to knock Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs out of the Nedbank Cup, but they succumbed 3-2 after extra-time at the King Zwelithini Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

The Amakhosi gave a thoroughly unconvincing performance in which they wasted a two-goal lead and needed a fortuitous penalty early in extra-time to win, but they have at least booked a place in the Last 16.

The early stages of the first half were evenly balanced, with Chiefs looking the likelier scorers, though Amabhubesi showed enough in attack to suggest that the top flight team would not have things all their own way.

However, midway through the first half, Amakhosi broke the deadlock. Mandla Masango picked out a great diagonal ball for George Lebese that sprung Lions’ offside trap and the left-footer finished the chance with aplomb to rack up his first official goal for the club.

Seven minutes later Chiefs doubled their advantage, cutting open the hosts’ backline with a swift counter-attack that put Stanton Lewis clean through on goal – the striker finished beautifully to the left of Zikalala to put his team 2-0 up.

At the start of the second half it seemed as if Chiefs would be able to stroll through the rest of the game and easily book their place in the Last 16, but Makhoba halved the deficit in the 48th minute, ghosting in unmarked at the back post to head home from a Moses Chavula free kick.

The Soweto side didn’t respond particularly well to conceding the goal, as they looked lethargic and struggled to move the ball at pace, while Amabhubesi certainly worked hard to get men behind the ball and make life difficult for their illustrious visitors.

The introduction of Gerald Sibeko just past the hour mark seemed to inject some life into the Amakhosi, but they still struggled to create opportunities to extend their lead.

And they were duly punished with just under a quarter hour of regulation time remaining. Sibeko was guilty of miscontrolling the ball in his own box and Lindani Zungu pounced, scoring with a low shot into the bottom corner to make it 2-2 and send the game to an extra 30 minutes.

Six minutes into extra time, Lions central defender Siyabonga Shoyisa gave away a needless penalty after a barge into the back of Lewis.

Sibeko, at fault for the home team’s second goal, redeemed himself by converting the spot kick, though Zikalala got a hand to it and very nearly kept it out. The penalty, which took the score to 3-2, proved decisive.

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 06:20 pm
Well done Khosi,a win is a win regardles of the opponent. It was 11 against 11 each team given 120min to win the match and the luckier team won.. But if yu continue playing lyk that,we wil c how far your luck wil take you. Bucs is waiting.
posted: 06:21 pm
mr kaizer, r u proud of this team, bcs there is a big problem here, n it need ur attention . and next time pls sign some quality players pls use ur money , rebuild chiefs! bcs now, is jst a name!!
posted: 06:23 pm
Where is the 5-0 that the Chips fans were talkin about??
posted: 06:28 pm
hey kris my friend it easier said than done.u remember ystedy sunflops wil win 3 0 but that didnt hapen.ithink cabiges shud learn 2 keep their big mouths shut
posted: 06:33 pm
Just wait n see Salad fc fans making noise for such a lousy outing against a vodacom bout team,,,,,,,,

If i was a Greek Salad fc fan i wud be very worried by the state of affairs at the Salad vilage but these morons will run their mouths untill they turn yellow on thier face,,,,,,

Slwoly but sure Vicky is killing this Chicken Salad n their fans like Mashanapola-domkop r so blind to see it,,,,,,there r so many divisions n this thing which think thru his ball,s is busy taking his frustrations for failing to win the league into this poor players,,,,,,,,

U must thank Gqubule n hope he will explain it tomorow like he does with bucs,,,
posted: 06:39 pm
there's nothing to celebrate in here it was expected of Chiefs to win the two goals scored by this other team it really calls for sings of concern as far as Khosi backline is concerned...

@kick-off score line is incorrect
posted: 06:42 pm
What is wrong with SIX MABONE fc fans??
I thought that you have recovered from the SHapville-like MASSACRE.
Hai I was wrong.
posted: 06:47 pm
This is bad news for Tjontjobina fc.
Our development team played very well, it's up to senior players to do what they dp best(MASSACRE).
Re tlo ba nyoba.
posted: 06:50 pm
Its only the Blind Salad Fc fans tht r denial tht there far deeper problems in this team,,,,,for now its only a name tht exists,,,,,,,

How can a team be lead by arrogant manager,coach,captain n most importantly be supported by NOISY fans e be ho tla lokang mara???

Salad fc is just average,,period n i hear its fans sayin they need new players,,,,,forget about Serero n Myeni bcos they r expensive for u,,this is not Zimbabwe where u buy 1 get 1 free,,,,

Sies le ya yontsha maaan.
posted: 06:56 pm
Ja, blind supporters indeed. If that was OPFC, I would not tolerate that nonsense. Face it, there is a big problem with KCFC.
The Ghost
posted: 07:01 pm
Batlile le bona spoko!!!
posted: 07:02 pm
As a Chiefs fan, i foresee danger of my team of not making it on top 4, body language for the playas says it all. They have give up. only Tau and Letsholonyane were committed today, the rest are playin for. How do u lead a team 2 nil an start keeping whereas there anoda 45mins to play? our coach is clueless
posted: 07:04 pm
there's nothing to celebrate in here it was expected of Chiefs to win the two goals scored by this other team it really calls for sings of concern as far as Khosi backline is concerned...

@kick-off score line is incorrect
posted: 07:08 pm
I have never watched a game where chiefs fans win but still got angry, it comes to show how pathetick they played. An extra time with the minnows, not to mention a win through a penalty nogal!!
posted: 07:12 pm
Alexa maphanga where is your pride? when you say 'oksalayo', it shows ukuthi nawe you know very well that chiefs didnt win with pride just like you with your emty eggo!!
posted: 07:13 pm
Kaizer Chiefs is not solid these days, Im saying this because there are teams that they think it is easy to beat them, like Nathi Lions! They almost lost the game because of that. I like them alot, but they must take every game as the Final [fight for the win], like AMABHAKABHAKA. Thank you.
posted: 07:15 pm
I am also not surprised about this Gqubule issue. Wake up Amakhosi, your team is being run down to the ground. Yes you are the Undisputed cup Kings, for how many years now and how much revenue did you generate then. But you still have no quality players.
One KC blogger says that their "development"(Mandla Masango and Gerald Sibeko and co) has won the game for them. I will Pretend as if I did not read that.
Clean the team from the management offices and start buying quality players.
Bhakajuju 4life
posted: 07:24 pm
poor showing for a team of MIGHTY AMAKHOSI caliber and the poor officiating from a lines-man...all in all poor game(almost fell asleep and hope to wake up the day chibukus are brought down to earth)...hope for the MIGHTY AMAKHOSI v/s chibuku fc draw for the next up-coming nedbanks cup round...

posted: 07:29 pm
Although we played badly but I think the forced substitutions also messed up the coach's choice of substitutes... Let's hope we get a PSL team tomorrow because really these small teams seem to be that motivated when playing against KC
posted: 07:47 pm
shapa makhosi shapa, pie-rats we coming for you, mara le seka la tshoga ne, hahahahaa
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