17 February 2019
The Magic FC 0
Kaizer Chiefs (0) 3 (Cardoso, pen 105+3’, Zulu 113’, Billiat 120’)
Kaizer Chiefs reached the Nedbank Cup quarterfinals after beating The Magic FC 3-0 at Port Elizabeth’s Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Daniel Cardoso netted the first goal from the penalty spot after which Philani Zulu and Khama Billiat scored the second and third respectively.
Bruce Bvuma was in goal in the absence of the recently signed Daniel Akpeyi, who is cup-tied because he has already represented Chippa United in the Nedbank Cup this season.
Ryan Moon started the game, partnering Leonardo Castro in attack.
Chiefs went forward in numbers from the word go and tried to put early pressure on the defenders of The Magic.
This resulted in three excellent chances of finding the opening goal. The first was a shot at goal from George Maluleka, but the ball flew wide via the back of one of his own teammates.
Hendrick Ekstein had a good chance going one-on-one with the goalkeeper, but the latter intercepted the ball well.
Just thereafter Moon was unlucky when his left-footed shot from inside the box hit the post.
There was a good pace to the game and, to be fair, the Cape Town-based side looked dangerous on the break at times.
Bernard Parker wore the captain’s armband once again. He played well and working hard, while rookie Happy Mashiane delivered some telling crosses into the opponent’s box. Happy had another fine performance at left-back.
Amakhosi were clearly the better side in the first half, although goals were not forthcoming.
Ernst Middendorp decided to bring on Khama Billiat for Ekstein at the start of the second half. With the introduction of the Zimbabwean, the coach obviously hoped that the pressure on the defence of The Magic would increase even further.
Chiefs continued to pile up the pressure on the Cape Town-based side, which had to move the game to Port Elizabeth due to the unavailability of stadiums in the Mother City.
There was a bit of a scare for Amakhosi when Mashiane landed badly and had to be stretchered off. Luckily, he soon recovered and could continue playing.
Castro had a great opportunity to open the scoring in the 76th minute, but he lifted the ball over the crossbar.
A few minutes later, there was chance for Teenage Hadebe from a corner, but the Zimbabwean defender failed to hit the target from close range.
Dumsani Zuma came on for Castro in the 83rd minute. The pressure on The Magic’s defence never let up, although goals didn’t come.
It was still goalless after 90 minutes of play and the game therefore had to go into extra time.
The Magic were lucky again when their goalkeeper couldn’t hold on to a shot from Zuma and Billiat looked set to put the ball into the back on the net, only to see a defender being able to stop the ball from crossing the goal line.
The goal finally came just before the half-time break of extra time when Billiat was brought down in the opponent’s box. Cardoso scored from the penalty spot, making it 1-0 to Chiefs.
The second goal followed soon thereafter. Zuma delivered an excellent pass into the box from the left, which was well finished by substitute Philani Zulu in the 113rd minute.
Zuma provided another assist for the third goal, this time delivered from the right, with Billiat coolly slotting the ball home, 3-0.
Chiefs fully deserved to win and could have scored an avalanche of goals as they completely dominated the game, creating numerous chances.
Key moment in the match:
That was the moment when Khama Billiat was brought down in the opponent’s box in extra time. Daniel Cardoso stepped up, as he did during last week’s Soweto Derby, and slotted the ball home from the spot.
Most Valuable Player (MVP):
Happy Mashiane had a good performance at left-back, while Bernard Parker did well in support of the two strikers, Leonardo Castro and Ryan Moon. George Maluleka did a fine job in the holding midfield role. However, it was The Magic’s Tshepiso Tlhapi who was selected as the Man of the Match.
What it means:
It means that Amakhosi are through to the Nedbank Cup quarterfinals. The draw of which will take place on Thursday night.
Kaizer Chiefs 11: Bvuma; Moleko, Cardoso, Hadebe, Mashiane (Zulu 106’); Ekstein (Billiat 46’), Maluleka, Ntshangase, Parker; Castro (Zuma 83’), Moon
Subs not used: Vries, Ntiya-Ntiya, Mphahlele, Andrianarimanana
The Magic FC 11: Cola; Lamb, Davids, Tlhapi, Wood; Crowie, Jacobs (Maqoqo 112’), Mtsila, May (Mxabo 64’); Warley (Mngomeni 76’), Mosa
Subs not used: Van Neel, Dickson, Avontuur, Lucas
Kaizer Chiefs will next travel to Polokwane to face Polokwane City in an Absa Premiership encounter at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on Saturday, 23 February. Kick-off is at 15:30.