Chiefs win thriller to reach final

20 April 2019

Kaizer Chiefs                        (1) 4 (Zuma 37’, Andrianarimanana 76’,

                                                              Parker 84’, Billiat 87’)

Chippa United                     (0) 2 (Mbenyane 64’, L. Manzini 71’)

It was an absorbing Nedbank Cup semi-final between Kaizer Chiefs and Chippa United played at Port Elizabeth’s Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Saturday night.

Amakhosi deservedly won the thriller 4-2, thanks to goals from Dumsani Zuma, Dax Andrianarimanana, Bernard Parker and Khama Billiat.

Coach Ernst Middendorp decided to go with almost the same starting XI as used in the Nedbank Cup quarterfinal against Cape Town City.

There were a few changes, however. One of these was Kabelo Mahlasela, who delivered a fine performance last weekend against Black Leopards.

Willard Katsande also came in, becoming the holding midfielder.

As a result, Dax Andrianarimanana moved to a more attacking role, supporting the two strikers, Bernard Parker and Khama Billiat.

The game started on a high tempo with Chiefs having most of the early possession of the ball.

Amakhosi looked the better team right from the start, even though it didn’t result in many goalscoring opportunities.

There was, however, an early set-back when Mahlasela was hit on his foot by the studs of a Chippa defender, which resulted in his foot starting to bleed profoundly.

It meant that the skillful had to be replaced by Dumsani Zuma in the 14th minute.

Amakhosi put good early pressure on the Chippa players, which regularly led to loss of ball possession for the home side.

There was a nice ambiance in the stadium with more than 25 000 people in attendance, most of them Chiefs supporters.

Andrianarimanana enjoyed his more attacking role, providing some good passes and having some good shots at goal.

Ramahlwe Mphahlele often looked dangerous going forward on the right flank, while Khama Billiat had a fine performance up-front.

Teenage Hadebe did well in defence, helping to keep it tight at the back.

Chiefs netted in the 37th minute thanks to Zuma. Billiat passed the ball deep, the Chippa goalkeeper game out to grab the ball, but failed to hold on to it. Accordingly, Zuma slotted the loose ball into the goal from close range, 1-0.

That was also the half-time score.

The Glamour Boys continued to dominate in the second half, creating a few chances to extend the lead. The best came for Billiat in the 63rd minute, but the Zimbabwean just pushed the ball wide.

However, completely against the run of play, Chippa scored the equaliser via Andile Mbenyane in the 64th minute, 1-1.

Chiefs didn’t give up and kept putting pressure on the home side’s defence. Involved in a lot of the offensive moves was Bernard Parker, another who delivered a fine performance.

There was a further set-back when Lerato Manzini netted the 2-1 for Chippa in the 71st minute.

Better news arrived five minutes later when Zuma, after some good work on the right flank from Katsande, passed the ball to Andrianarimanana, who neatly finished from close range, 2-2. It was the Malagasy’s second goal in as many games.

‘Die Hond’ Parker gave Amakhosi the lead in the 84th minute, putting a well-weighted cross from the left by Billiat into the back of the net.

There was more joy three minutes later when Billiat hit a sitter from outside the box, leaving the Chippa goalkeeper no chance, 4-2.

It was a magnificent finish from the Glamour Boys and a well-earned win to reach the Nedbank Cup final.

Key moment in the match:

That must be the goal from Dax Andrianarimanana in the 76th minute. The Malagasy’s strike helped his side to come back into the game, netting the 2-2.

Most Valuable Player (MVP):

Dax Andriamarimanana had another fine performance, while Khama Billiat was creating problems for the Chippa United defence whenever in possession of the ball. Bernard Parker, meanwhile, worked hard up-front and scored the important third goal to help Kaizer Chiefs take the lead again. It was Billiat who was selected as the Man of the Match after an excellent performance.

What it means:

It means that Kaizer Chiefs have reached the final of the Nedbank Cup. The game will be played at Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday, 18 May. The opponent will be first division side, TS Galaxy. It will be Amakhosi’s home game following the draw conducted at the end of the match.

 

Kaizer Chiefs 11: Bvuma; Moleko, Cardoso, Hadebe (Ntiya-Ntiya 75’); Mphahlele, Katsande, Maluleka (Frosler 90’), Andrianarimanana, Mahlasela (Zuma 14’); Billiat, Parker

Subs not used: Petersen, Booysen, Moon, Castro

Chippa United 11: Mzimela; Macheke, Shitole, Nsabiyumva (Makobela 46’), Tlolane; Rakhale, Malepe, Malama (Gamildien 46’), Mbenyane; Lentjies (R. Manzini 87’), L. Manzini

Subs not used: Mothwa, Mayambela, Twala, Komane

Next Match:

Kaizer Chiefs will host Golden Arrows in an Absa Premiership fixture at FNB Stadium on Tuesday, 23 April. Kick-off is at 19:30.