11 February 2018
Kaizer Chiefs (0) 3 (Moon 53’, Parker 81’, Molangoane 84’)
Golden Arrows 0
Kaizer Chiefs easily beat Golden Arrows 3-0 in a Nedbank Cup Last 32 clash at the FNB Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Ryan Moon opened the score early in the second half, while Bernard Parker and Joseph Molangoane netted the other two.
Leonardo Castro and Siphelele Ntshangase were handed their starting debut, while Ramahlwe Mphahlele returned to the starting XI for the first time after having recovered from injury.
Wiseman Meyiwa came in for George Maluleka, who has strained his calf. Dumsani Zuma (groin) and Gustavo Páez (hamstring) were also out due to injuries.
Chiefs started the game at a good tempo. There was also some excellent combination play, especially between the trio of Ntshangase, Castro and Ryan Moon.
It all resulted in a few goalscoring opportunities. The best came in the 14th minute when Castro’s shot from outside the box had the Arrows goalkeeper fully stretched to his right, blocking the ball from going into the goal.
A minute later there was a chance for Arrows, but Kudakwashe Mahachi’s shot didn’t find the back of the net. But Mahachi did twist his ankle in the attempt to score and had to be replaced in the 19th minute by Nduduzo Sibiya.
Chiefs couldn’t sustain their early dominance and the visitors probably had the better of the play during the last ten minutes of the first half. That’s also when Itumeleng Khune had to intervene a few times to keep his goal clean.
The half-time score was goalless.
Amakhosi was again the better side in the beginning of the second half and this time it resulted in the well-deserved opening goal. The ball arrived from a corner taken from the left at Willard Katsande’s feet in the box, who kicked it low and hard into the goalmouth. The ball found Moon’s foot, 1-0. It was the 53rd minute and it was the striker’s fourth goal in five matches.
Arrows nearly equalised from close range six minutes later, but Khune put his body on the line by making a brilliant save.
Coach Steve Komphela decided to make the first change in the 66th minute, bringing on Hendrick Ekstein for Ntshangase.
Bernard Parker made a welcome return back from injury in the 72nd minute, coming on for Castro. Die Hond found the back of the net nine minutes later, receiving the ball from a long ball kicked by Khune.
It wasn’t the end as yet, as there was another goal in the 84th minute. Mphahlele crossed the ball low into the box from the right flank. The ball reached Moon, who quickly played the ball through to Joseph Molangoane, who finished from close range.
It was an excellent win for Chiefs.
Key moment in the match:
That must surely be the moment that Ryan Moon put his foot to the ball that was shot low and hard by Willard Katsande into the goalmouth. It was a typical striker’s finish. It was also the in-form striker’s fourth goal in five games (three league and one cup goal).
Most Valuable Player (MVP):
Ryan Moon was again excellent, while Leonardo Castro and Siphelele Ntshangase had a fine start to the game, although they faded a bit later on. The Man of the Match, however, was Itumeleng Khune for another brilliant performance, making some crucial saves and thereby keeping his goal clean.
What it means:
Thanks to the win Kaizer Chiefs will proceed to Last 16 of the Nedbank Cup. The draw will be held on Thursday, 15 February.
Kaizer Chiefs 11: Khune; Mphahlele, Cardoso, Hadebe; Molangoane, Katsande, Meyiwa (Tshabalala 86’), Ntshangase (Ekstein 66’), Zulu; Castro (Parker 72’), Moon
Subs not used: Khuzwayo, Mathoho, Jayiya, Malope
Golden Arrows 11: Mbaeva; Mzava, Mngwengwe, Buthelezi, Nonyane (Dlamini 55’); Conco (Jappie 64’), Zuke, Shongwe, Ndwandwe; Mahachi (Sibiya 19’), Mutizwa
Subs not used: Naicker, Mathiane, Bilankulu, Chideu
Kaizer Chiefs will next host Cape Town City in an Absa Premiership fixture at FNB Stadium on Saturday, 17 February. Kick-off is at 20:15.