10 MaRCH 2018
Kaizer Chiefs (1) 2 (Mathoho 28’, Castro 65’)
Stellenbosch FC 1 (Robertson 77’)
Kaizer Chiefs beat Stellenbosch FC 2-1, reaching the quarterfinals of the Nedbank Cup. The encounter was played at Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday night. Erick Mathoho scored the opening goal in the first half, while Leonardo Castro added another after the break.
Ramahlwe Mphahlele was suspended and was replaced by Erick Mathoho, while Teenage Hadebe, having recovered from his ankle problems, returned to the line-up ahead of Siyabonga Ngezana. Bernard Parker, meanwhile, came on for Ryan Moon.
The Stellenbosch encounter was Itumelang Khune’s 300th game for the Glamour Boys, which was a major achievement.
Chiefs dominated the early stages of the match, even though it didn’t result in any immediate goalscoring chances.
Leonardo Castro was lively up-front, keeping the opponent’s defender busy, while there was some good passing from Siphiwe Tshabalala.
There was a chance for Teenage Hadebe in the 27th minute, but a great save from the Stellenbosch goalkeeper stopped the ball from finding the back of the net.
The corner that followed from this was taken by Bernard Parker. The ball reached Erick Mathoho who headed the ball past Washington Arubi, 1-0.
Amakhosi had 62 percent of the ball possession in the first half, which showed the dominance. On the other hand, Stellenbosch got a few chances of their own as well, even though they never bothered Khune too much.
The second half started like the first with Chiefs having most of the ball possession.
There was a great atmosphere at the Moses Mabhida Stadium with about 12 000 supporters in attendance.
Coach Steve Komphela decided to take off Wiseman Meyiwa for Hendrick Ekstein in the 62nd minute to put more pressure on the Stellenbosch defence and going for the second goal.
It resulted in the second goal when Parker headed the ball towards the Stellenbosch box. Castro went after the ball, got hold of it, moved into the box and powered the ball past the opponent’s goalkeeper in the 65th minute, 2-0. It was the Colombian’s third goal since joining the Glamour Boys during the January transfer window.
There was a bit of a set-back when Stellenbosch scored in the 77th minute from a corner via Alan Robertson.
To be fair, Stellenbosch never gave up and tried to get the equaliser, even though Chiefs also got some opportunities to extend the lead.
However, in the end, it was a rather comfortable win for Amakhosi over the Stellenbosch side, reaching the Nedbank Cup quarterfinals.
Key moment in the match:
That must be the moment that Bernard Parker’s excellently taken corner reached Erick Mathoho’s head in the 28th minute. The lanky defender headed he ball past the Stellenbosch goalkeeper into the back of the net.
Most Valuable Player (MVP):
Siphiwe Tshabalala had a fine performance, while young midfielder Wiseman Meyiwa also did well, especially in the first half and Leonardo Castro made life difficult for the Stellenbosch defenders, even netting a goal. Bernard Parker, meanwhile, provided the assist for both goals. However, it was Daniel Cardoso who was selected as the Man of the Match for excelling in defence and for organising the backline.
What it means:
The 2-1 win means that Kaizer Chiefs have qualified for the quarterfinals of the Nedbank Cup. The draw for the quarterfinals will be held on Thursday night, 15 March 2018 – a day after the last game of the round of 16. The draw will be conducted in Cape Town, Clock Tower, and will be shown live on SuperSport 4, from 19:30.
Kaizer Chiefs 11: Khune; Mathoho, Cardoso, Hadebe; Molangoane, Katsande, Meyiwa (Ekstein 62’), Tshabalala, Zulu; Parker (Zuma 75’), Castro (Moon 85’)
Subs not used: Khuzwayo, Ngezana, Ntshangase, Páez
Stellenbosch FC 11: Arubi; Georgia (Lark 36’), Barends, Robertson, Ndlovu (Burds 70’); Moroole, Nkili, Wambi; Rayners, Makanda (Mason-Smith 61’), Sithole
Subs not used: Pool, Zwane, Dien, Langeveldt
Kaizer Chiefs next host AmaZulu in an Absa Premiership encounter at FNB Stadium on Saturday, 17 March (kick-off at 18:00).