“The team is continuing where it left off in the MultiChoice Diski Challenge,” reflected coach Arthur Zwane after his team conquered Wits Reserves on Saturday. The win put Kaizer Chiefs’ reserve side in a favourable situation to qualify for the semifinals in the MultiChoice Diski Shield (MDS).
“It was a matter of getting the three points, and we did exactly that,” said Zwane who on the flip side raised a concern that his side didn’t apply themselves as thoroughly as he would have liked. “The performance was not 100% as planned, minor mistakes were committed that could have caused us the game.”
Yusuf Bunting was a menace from the first whistle. “We created possibilities right from the word go,” the Chiefs Reserves side coach elaborated on his tactical approach. “Itumeleng Shopane attacked from the full-back position, making some telling runs, even though his final touch must improve. Wits prepared well and had a good game. But we caught them by surprise by varying our play.”
Bunting opened the score with a tap in from Happy Mashiane’s neat cross. “Wits piled up the pressure in search of an equalizer,” said Zwane, before commenting on the performance of goalkeeper Bruce Bvuma, who took over from Brylon Petersen in goal. “We kept our cool and Bruce didn’t show any rustiness.”
The victory means that Chiefs Reserves will continue topping the MDS log with full marks from two assignments. A draw from their last fixture against arch-rivals Orlando Pirates Reserves will cement Chiefs’ place in the semis.
“We aim to lift the shield,” vowed Zwane. “We have set a clear goal for the team. I am proud of the lads for progressing as a team with the season drawing to a close.”
Brooklyn Poggenpoel scored an own goal at the end of the match to solidify the 2-0 victory for Chiefs Reserves. “Reamohetse Letsoaka is proving to be a super sub,” Zwane commented. “He is often great in coming on and score, while today he forced Wits to put the ball into their own net by putting his opponent under immense pressure.”
The final match of the league phase of the MultiChoice Diski Shield between Chiefs Reserves and Orlando Pirates Reserve will take place in Vosloorus on Saturday, 21 April getting under way at 12:00. The match will be part of a MDS festival.