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Kaizer Chiefs through to Nedbank Cup Final after beating United FC

Posted: 4 May 2013 Time: 22:13

Kaizer Chiefs booked their place in the 2013 Nedbank Cup Final with a 2-1 win over a spirited United FC side at FNB Stadium on Saturday evening.

The Premiership leaders stayed on course to win the double this season thanks to first half goals from Lehlohonolo Majoro and George Lebese. United FC’s goal was scored from the penalty spot by Walter Maponyane.

United FC attempted to unsettle Amakhosi early on but instead conceded a goal in the fifth minute of the match.

Bernard Parker got on the end of a great through ball over the top of the Vultures’ defence from Siphiwe Tshabalala before squaring the ball to Majoro who tapped in from close range.

Amakhosi extended their lead 19 minutes later when Majoro’s shot from just outside the area rattled the crossbar and the post before falling favourably for Lebese, who nodded home past Bongani Mpandle.

United nearly pulled one back in the 32nd minute, when Thabo Makgothi was disposessed brilliantly by Itumeleng Khune before Willard Katsande cleared a Siyabulela Shai effort off the line.

Chiefs deservedly went into the break two goals to the good. The Soweto giants created the better chances of the half despite United enjoying the lion’s share of the possession.

Majoro had a great opportunity to complete his brace in the 54th minute of the game, when he got on the end of a through ball from Parker but could not hit the target with only the keeper to beat.

Vultures captain Maponyane scored from the penalty spot in the 81st minute of the game after Tefu Mashamaite was adjudged to have pulled a United FC player’s shirt inside the area. Maponyane converted confidently from the spot to make for a high pressure final few minutes.

However, Amakhosi’s defence stood tall, and they will face either Platinum Stars or SuperSport United in the Final.

Dikwena and Matsatsantsa clash in Rustenburg on Wednesday.

Kaizer Chiefs: Khune, Gaxa, Zvasiya, Masilela, Katsande, Mashamaite, Letsholonyane (Nkosi 71), Tshabalala, Majoro, Lebese (Nkhatha 79), Parker

United FC: Mpandle, Ledwaba, Lichaba, Komane, Maponyane, Wambi (Madolo 67), Bereng, Shai, Mvelase (Mahlaba 82), Lekata, Makgothi (Makudubela 61)

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 09:01 am
Well done Khosi,
posted: 09:14 am
These boy if they can have 1 experienced striker, they can beat any team they come across.
Rise Khosi Rise
Big Chief the Champ
posted: 09:34 am
amkeloposted: 11:38 pm  |  Report
U \"@ the Chief\" u talk like someone hu didnt play soccer at al nd jst happend to find urself as a chiefs fan.
I actually played and am still very much involved in my community. Let me school you mfanakithi. Barca played Inter in the Champions league semis and Mourino knew that it was always going to be difficult @Camp Nou, because of the tikka-takka football they play, he then instructed his players to stop playing and let Barca play where they are not going to be harmed. The result was Barca played goog football and had almost 90 % possession but Inter went on to be crowned the European Champs. Chelsea followed the trend and won European Champions league as well.

The lesson here mfanakithi is to analyse your opponents strength and weaknesses, those boys were not hurting Chiefs at all, how many balls did Khune save? Sometimes you need to grind a result not try to please your fans, football is about results, at the end of the day nobody remembers the one that played fancy but the history books will only show the winners. Think again before u voice your amateurish opinion.
posted: 10:08 am
I reserved my comments for the Wed disaster coz I wanted to c the boys' response last night, but honestly its shocking.

We made the very same mistakes we made against ajax, letting the opposition run @ our defense, only differance is we played against a team that just over elaborated on the ball nd never really threw numbers quickly into attack. Again we wasted chances when we broke forward nd many transitions broke down coz some players can't think quckly enough on the ball.

I lost all my strikes for George Lebese last year already. The boy is just a pain and a thorn to his own team!!! I mean 4 how long must we wait 4 him to take his game to the next level? For an offensive player to be so blunt and predictable is really sickening. I lost count at the balls he lost while we were on counter, other times he just made the wrong decisions (passing when an extra touch wudve made the difference, trying hopelessly to beat his marker when an early cross wud do).

Parker is either tired or has just lost the plot, he's always threatning in the opening minutes, then becomes childish nd makes some very stupid decisions on the ball. We can't always depend on Shabba 4 the cutting edge.

Really I'm quite frustrated @ how we can play so well for the entire season nd play rubbish when it matters. We need a major clear out sale come end of season.
•Baartman must retire ASAP nd the following players must take their league nd hopefully thei nedbank cup medals nd bugger off:
Masango - Yende - Lebese - Kaizer jr - Josta.

And the following need to be roped in as replacements

Nomandela - Billiat - Musona - Kamohelo Mokotjo - Erasmus - George Maluleka - Nergadze - Mokeke Tsotetsi and Asive Langwe....

Happy we progressed but gutted with the performance
Big Chief the Champ
posted: 10:12 am
Chiefs doesn't have a good history with the Nedbank cup, they were always knocked out by minnows! Last nite's game showed that they have learned their lesson, its actually the first time that they reached the Nedbank final, so I for one as a Chiefs supporter, I'm happy that we have reached our destination, at the expense of these minnows which blocked our progress in the past, on how we've reached the final I don't give a damn! Maluti FET still holds the record of humiliating and fumigating the Nedbank cup defending champs 4-1!
Khosi personified
posted: 08:51 am
No need to panic - for me that was a practice match for moving forward.
That was a strategic move.

We are in the Finals.

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