Khune wins Chiefs the Cup Final
Posted: 1 December 2007 Time: 11:39 pm
Itumeleng Khune made three saves in a penalty shootout to win Kaizer Chiefs the Telkom Knockout Cup 3-2 on penalties after the sides were goalless after extra-time.
The match was one of high quality and was evenly contested. Both sides had some good scoring opportunities but were denied from scoring by some quality goalkeeping and narrow misses.
Sundowns came close early when Khune made a save from a Josta Dladla header in the third minute.
The best chance of the first half fell for Mabhuti Khenyeza in the 7th minute when he hammered a right-footed shot from outside the box towards the top corner only to be denied by a brilliant diving save from Brian Baloyi.
Lerato Chabangu hit his shot well wide from outside the box in the 26th minute.
In the 31st minute Surprise Moriri received the ball out side the box and turned past Cyril Nzama and hammered his shot well wide past the post, he should have done better.
Sundowns had a slight chance when Baloyi cleared the ball up field into the Chiefs’ goalmouth; Chabangu was just beaten to the ball by keeper Khune.
Esrom Nyandoro took a shot from a free kick that flew narrowly over the bar in the 40th minute.
The teams went in at the break with the scored tied at 0-0.
In the 49th minute Chabangu held the ball up inside the box and passed it back to Moriri, who’s snap-shot went narrowly past the upright.
Jorge Acuña took a shot that took a deflection and went past the upright for a corner in the 51st minute.
Mbulelo Mabizela’s long-range shot in the 59th minute was easily saved by Khune.
Chabangu received the ball and ran forward and from just outside the 18-yard area and took a shot that was easily saved by Khune. A bit later Baloyi made a save from a close-range shot by Khenyeza.
Chiefs nearly scored when a cross from Shaun Bartlett on the right was headed narrowly past the upright by Kaizer Motaung Junior in the 81st minute.
In the 91st minute Sundowns should have scored when a cross from Josta Dladla was headed wide by Peter Ndlovu from close-range.
The match ended goalless after 90 minutes and went into 30 minutes of extra time.
Benson Mhlongo headed well wide from a Dladla cross in the 92nd minute.
Sundowns came very close to scoring a minute later when a cross from Dladla on the right was volleyed narrowly past the upright by Chabangu.
In the 105th minute Baloyi made a brilliant diving save to deny Bartlett from scoring with a volley from inside the box.
Chiefs should have scored in the 108th minute when Bartlett gave a quality pass from the left to Siphiwe Tshabalala who hit his shot past the upright from right in front of goal, he should have scored.
Khune made an easy save from a long-range shot from Chabangu in the 115th minute.
The match ended goalless after extra-time and went to a penalty shootout.
Khune was the star for Chiefs saving three penalties, including an Ndlovu retake.
For Chiefs their penalties were scored by Onismor Bhasera, Cyril Nzama and Kaizer Jnr. while Khenyeza missed his penalty.
For Sundowns, Chabangu and Ngwenya scored their penalties while Khune saved the penalty kicks by Nyandoro, Ndlovu and Apataki.