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Chiefs Keep Nedbank Cup Dream Alive After Six-Goal Thriller

Nedbank Cup Semi-Final

Result: Chippa United 2-4 Kaizer Chiefs

Date: 20 April 2019

Venue: Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium

Click through the gallery to see images for Chiefs' encounter with Chippa.

Kaizer Chiefs advanced to the Nedbank Cup final after seeing off Chippa United in a six-goal thriller at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.
Andriamirado 'Dax' Andrianarimanana almost got Chiefs off to an ideal start when he struck a powerful long-range effort which skimmed the crossbar.
It was a feisty start to the encounter with challenges flying in thick and fast. Gladwin Shitolo sloppily gave away possession but the defender recovered well to block Khama Billiat's snapshot.
Chiefs' high press was forcing Chippa in to making mistakes and ensuring that Amakhosi were winning the ball back high up the field. Kabelo Mahlasela limped off with an injury in the 13th minute and replaced by Dumisani Zuma.
It looked like a concerted ploy from Chippa to unsettle the Chiefs attackers with some hard tackling. This resulted in defenders Shitolo, Zitha Macheke and Frederic Nsabiyumva all getting themselves booked in the opening 20 minutes.
The Chili Boys then broke on the counter-attack with a sublime first-time pass from Kurt Lentjies freeing Thabo Rakhale down the left-hand side, but the winger's cut-back was superbly blocked by Kgotso Moleko.
In the 36th minute, Chiefs were gifted a goal after a horrible mistake from Chippa goalkeeper Mbongeni Mzimela. Billiat tried to find Zuma with a through ball and Mzimela came off his line but spilled the ball in to the path of Zuma, who tapped in to an empty net.
Straight after the break, Bernard Parker brought the ball down beautifully and released Zuma, whose first-time shot forced Mzimela in to a smart save down to his right.
Lerato Manzini then fired wide after a swift Chippa counter-attack. Soon after, George Maluleka brought another good save out of Mzimela with a curling effort towards the top left-hand corner in a whirlwind start to the second stanza.
Billiat then missed a sitter on the hour mark when he tried to chip Mzimela after excellent one-touch passing and movement from Amakhosi but his effort went narrowly wide of the right-hand post. 
Chiefs were punished for their wasteful finishing when Chippa hit back in the 64th minute. Makobela delivered a quality cross from the right-hand touchline which was superbly headed in to the top right-hand corner by Andile Mbenyane.
With 20 minutes to play, Chippa took the lead when Manzini poked home Rakhale's cross to stun the largely partisan Amakhosi crowd in to silence.
However, with 15 minutes to go, Ernst Middendorp's side were back on level terms. Some comical defending from Chippa, in which they failed to clear their lines, allowed Zuma free passage in to the box, who squared the ball for Andrianarimanana to tap home from close range.
With five minutes to go, Chiefs restored their lead. Willard Katsande found Billiat out on the left-hand side, with the Zimbabwean star squaring the ball for Parker, who produced a deftly executed chip over the onrushing goalkeeper.
Moments later, Billiat put gloss on the proceedings with a wonder strike from long-range in to the top left-hand corner to send the Amakhosi faithful in to delirium and set up a date with TS Galaxy in the final.
Here's how they lined up:
Chippa: 42. Mzimela, 4. Macheke, 47. Nsabiyumva, 28. Shitolo, 21. Tlolane, 12. Malepe, 32. Lentjies, 8. Rakhale, 28. Malama, 7. Mbenyane, 25. L.Manzini.
Subs: 32. Mothwa, 44. Komane, 18. Makobela, 19. R.Manzini, 40. Twala, 24. Gamildien, 11. Mayambela.
Chiefs: 44. Bvuma, 18. Moleko, 20. Hadebe, 4. Cardoso, 2. Mphahlele, 31. Katsande, 12. Maluleka, 6. Adrianarimanana, 17. Mahlasela (Zuma 13'), 25. Parker, 11. Billiat.

Subs: 43. Petersen, 5. Booysen, 36. Ntiya-Ntiya, 39. Frosler, 7. Moon, 28. Zuma, 8. Castro.


Starting XI: Chippa v Chiefs


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