Chiefs Down Baroka To Secure Nedbank Cup Semi-Final Spot
Result: Kaizer Chiefs 1-0 Baroka FC
Date: 31 March 2018
Venue: Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
Kaizer Chiefs advanced to the Nedbank Cup semi-finals after defeating Baroka FC 1-0 in a highly entertaining clash on Saturday evening.
Bakgaga took the match to Amakhosi in the opening exchanges, seemingly eager to draw first blood.
Steve Komphela’s charges were sloppy in midfield and showed nerves in the first quarter of the match while the visitors were always first on the ball and confident.
However, Ryan Moon nearly gave Amakhosi the lead in the 16th minute with a header at the back post but Bakgaga goalkeeper Ayanda Dlamini made a brilliant low save.
Baroka striker Gift Motupa nearly caught Amakhosi goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune off his line on 25 minutes, but his lob sailed over the target.
Ramahlwe Mphahlele should have sent Komphela’s men ahead on the half-hour mark after a poor clearance fell kindly on his lap at the back post but his shot was saved by Dlamini.
Moon was unfortunate not to find the back of the net in the 35th minute for the Soweto giants as his curling shot hit the upright from inside the box, while the follow-up from man of the match Hendrik Ekstein was denied by the keeper.
However, Eric Mathoho did break the deadlock for the hosts a minute later with a header from Siphiwe Tshabalala's corner after a period of sustained pressure, 1-0.
Chiefs were awarded a penalty on the stroke of half-time when Castro was brought down, but Moon produced a horrendous effort and curled his shot over the bar.
The tempo of the match increased in the first 10 minutes of the second stanza as both sides were not holding back going forward and in challenges.
Richard Matloga was unlucky not to find the equaliser for Bakgaga on the hour-mark with a bullet header that clipped the upright.
The two sides were losing the ball far too cheaply, which led to a scrappy affair for a period in the half.
Baroka were not troubling Amakhosi goalkeeper Khune with 10 minutes left to play as they were running out of steam.
In the end, Amakhosi were conditioned better physically in this frantic tie and managed to hold out to book a spot in the semi-finals of the competition.
Here's how they line up:
Chiefs: 32. Khune, 4. Cardoso, 2. Mphahlele, 20. Hadebe, 3. Mathoho, 22. Zulu, 13. Katsande, 27. Ekstein, 14. Tshabalala, 8. Castro, 29. Moon,
Subs: 16, Khuzwayo, 25. Parker, 12. Maluleka, 9. Páez, 23. Molangoane, 6. Jayiya, 26. Zuma.
Baroka: 33. Dlamini, 12. Motupa, 15. Mothupa, 29. Mohwaletseng, 13. Sidumo, 7. Chawaphihwa, 24. Banda, 2. Kgoetyane, 17. Ngalande, 8. Mdantsane, 4. Madubanya.
Subs: 16. Vries, 25. Sodi, Soso, 18. Mapheto, 14. Mosele, 38. Mabotja, 12, Matloga.