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Telkom Knockout

Wits Edge 10-Man Chiefs To Reach TKO Final

Telkom Knockout
 
Result: Bidvest Wits 1-0 Kaizer Chiefs 
 
Date: 18 November 2017 
 
Venue: Bidvest Stadium
 
James Keene's first-half goal was enough to seal Bidvest Wits' 1-0 victory over Kaizer Chiefs and book their place in the Telkom Knockout Final.
 
It was Wits who had the first shot on goal in the 7th minute, after Gamal Amr tricked his way past Eric Mathoho, only to see his attempt parried out for a corner by Itumeleng Khune.
 
Gamal had a penalty appeal, waved away by the referee in the 17th minute, as Wits looked to unlock a deep-lying Chiefs defence.
 
Mathoho had an opportunity to score as he rose highest, to meet a Siphiwe Tshabalala cross, but his close-range header sailed over the bar with the scores remaining 0-0 after 24 minutes.
 
Chiefs were dealt a double blow, as Wiseman Meyiwa was shown a straight red for his off the ball challenge on Daine Klate, with the subsequent free-kick being headed home by James Keene to give Wits a 1-0 lead in the 29th minute.
 
The pace of the game dropped in the remaining minutes as Wits took their 1-0 lead into the halftime break. 
 
Chiefs started the second with a tactical substitution, with Gustavo Paez coming on for Daniel Cardoso.
 
Paez had time to find Tshabalala after being released on the wing, but his final ball was a poor one which was cut off by Darren Keet.
 
Dumisani Zuma was introduced in the 65th minute, in place of Bernard Parker and immediately had a chance to score but his curling attempt from the edge of the box failed to hit the target.
 
Katsande’s goal-bound glancing header was blocked off by Sifiso Hlanti, as Chiefs were looking threatening in attack.
 
Zuma was put through on goal by Tshabalala in the 73rd minute but was denied by Keet in a one-on-one situation.
 
Chiefs pushed for an equaliser in the closing stages and they went close in stoppage time when Zuma's long range strike hit the crossbar.
 
Nevertheless, Gavin Hunt’s Wits held on to claim a 1-0 victory which booked their place in the final of the Telkom Knockout. 
 
Here's how they lined up:
 
Wits: 1. Keet, 7. Klate (Piennar 68'), 8. Monare, 10. Gamal, 13. Hlanti, 15. Mkhwanazi, 19. Mlambo, 13. Tlhone, 28. Keene, 33. Frosler, 41. Ntshangase.
 
Chiefs: 32. Khune, 4. Cardoso (Paez 46'), 3. Mathoho, 30. Ngezana, 22. Zulu, 31. Katsande, 12. Maluleka, 38. Meyiwa, 14. Tshabalala, 23. Molongoane, 25. Parker ( Zuma 65').

 

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