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Kaizer Chiefs vs Platinum Stars Telkom Knockout Cup

Posted: 23 November 2013 Time: 19:49

Platinum Stars played the better part of the match under pressure, but in the end walked off 1-0 winners over Kaizer Chiefs in the Telkom Knockout semis on Saturday night at Soccer City.

Dikwena will for the second time this season battle it out with Orlando Pirates in the decider following their win over Bucs on penalties in the MTN8 Final in September.

Pirates, who beat SuperSport United 2-1 earlier on Saturday, and Stars meet on December 7 at Mbombela Stadium.

Chiefs, despite exiting the tournament, had dominated the match, not least in the first half but had nothing to show for it by the break and indeed, by the end of the match.

It started with Willard Katsande and Reneilwe Letsholonyane playing a one-two in the ninth minute, but Yeye's shot was well wide.

Then it was Keegan Ritchie's turn to test Siyabonga Mpontshane in the 13th minute, but he too failed with his attempt. The leftback overlapped, played the ball to Bernard Parker, who found George Lebese.

In turn, Lebese passed over to Ritchie whose shot was saved by Mpontshane, but the goalkeeper couldn't hold on to the ball and it fell to Parker, whose tame shot couldn't beat the keeper.

In the 19th minute Lebese played in a cross and Parker clashed with Mpontshane challenging for the ball in the box, but the two players were fine to continue.

A minute later, Stars' captain on the day Henrico Botes was given a little opening and tried his luck from distance, but his shot was not even close to hitting the target.

In the 27th minute, Itumeleng Khune had to make a difficult save when Tintswalo Tshabalala's free-kick went past everyone and South Africa's Sports Star of the Year had to make a save on the line.

On 36 minutes, Chiefs nearly caught Stars on counter-attack. Siphiwe Tshabalala passed the ball to Lehlohonolo Majoro who passed over to Yeye but the midfielder's shot was straight at Dikwena's keeper.

With five minutes to go before the break, Lindokuhle Mbatha nearly caught Khune off his line, but the latter was alert to push over Mbatha's shot for a corner and in the end, Chiefs defended well.

On the stroke of halftime, Parker hit the crossbar following his attempt from a free-kick after he had been fouled just outside the box.

In the 51st minute Parker played Lebese through, but the winger's shot was straight at Mpontshane who blocked yet again.

Despite Chiefs' dominance, it was Dikwena who took the lead in the 52nd minute.

Tshabalala won a corner when his initial shot deflected off Morgan Gould. The winger went over and from the resultant set-piece, Thabiso Semenya, though unconvincingly, had a touch in the crowded area to beat Khune.

Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter brought in Knowledge Musona for Majoro in the 65th minute, but Chiefs continued to struggle to break down Stars' defence led by Benson Mhlongo.

To make matters worse, Musona was booked for simulation in the 78th minute much to the frustration of the Amakhosi fans.

Chiefs won a free-kick just outside the box in the 82nd minute when Issa Sarr fouled Tshabalala, but Musona's attempt was not even close to beating Mpotshane.

Dikwena held on to reach their second Final in just three months.

HOME: Kaizer Chiefs

Coach: Stuart Baxter
Formation: four four two

AWAY: Platinum Stars

Coach: Allan Freese
Formation: four three three

Livefyre comments on this story...

posted: 2013-11-23 19:02:49


Papa T
posted: 2013-11-23 19:03:12

Gould is a cow...period! No more BB call ups for him.

posted: 2013-11-23 19:05:31


Papa T
posted: 2013-11-23 19:05:59

The fame and fortune is going to Khune's head now! His behaviour is become unpredictable and senseless.

Back Page
posted: 2013-11-23 19:06:29

Can someone tell Letsolonyane to slow down his game a bit down when he is in possession of the ball just to see his opponents move before making a decision

Back Page
posted: 2013-11-23 19:09:58

Its a light weight strikers up front for Chiefs they just all over pitch with no one staying with 2 center back of stars

The Real Lucho
posted: 2013-11-23 19:10:11

So u r not that player and u'll never be even in ur next life time.

posted: 2013-11-23 19:10:23

HE is not scared of the fancy sisi's from nazurena!

posted: 2013-11-23 19:13:32

Waiting for u P Stars. Hope Mayanga would agree to another interview after the final to spew his usual bile.

EL Kampion_Manyisa deserves jersey no 10
posted: 2013-11-23 19:13:34

The El one is a sucker of good football hence am watching Bayern vs Dortmund ...

fortune_ COWloba
posted: 2013-11-23 19:14:55

Mpho Maboi took all the strength  from Samson(Lemfenenyane),ever since that woman lifted her skirt to flash him a yellow panty,he has never been himself

Silver Line KBY
posted: 2013-11-23 19:15:39

fortune_ COWloba Silver Line KBY heh! heh! heh! welding glass....

The Real Lucho
posted: 2013-11-23 19:16:22

"Right to ask question any decision " I think that should b ur last nini nanini bhakaniya.

Back Page
posted: 2013-11-23 19:18:02

Hahahaha ja nee? Eish power of kuku

Back Page
posted: 2013-11-23 19:21:01

Eish Fortune my man you know we all go jelly knees once they lift the skirt. Ke zonda apple and snake

Silver Line KBY
posted: 2013-11-23 19:21:24

this ref is bias

Back Page
posted: 2013-11-23 19:23:42

My thinking is if Chiefs lose this one it will actually make them to speed up buying of players frm their side

Silver Line KBY
posted: 2013-11-23 19:24:35

heh! heh! heh!

posted: 2013-11-23 19:25:03

Mbatha is an exciting player to watch! Kuyanyiwa e Naturena today!

fortune_ COWloba
posted: 2013-11-23 19:26:49

where is Rhino,kuyanyiwa eNaturena as we speak

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