Chiefs beat AmaZulu to book TKO quarter-final spot

Chiefs beat AmaZulu to book TKO quarter-final spot

Daniel Cardoso of Kaizer Chiefs clears Mabhuti Khenyeza of AmaZulu during 2017 Telkom Knockout match between Kaizer Chiefs and AmaZulu at Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban South Africa on 28 October 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

Austin Ditlhobolo

Saturday Oct 28, 2017. 22:26

Kaizer Chiefs overcame AmaZulu FC 3-0 in a Telkom Knockout Cup Last 16 match at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday night.

As a result, Amakhosi advance to the quarter-finals, while Usuthu are eliminated from the tournament.

Chiefs captain Itumeleng Khune was kept busy by AmaZulu in the opening stages of the game and he denied AmaZulu striker Rhulani Manzini in the fifth minute.

However, the South Africa international should have been beaten in the 23rd minute, but AmaZulu striker Mabhuti Khenyeza missed the target from close range.

Chiefs then took the lead nine minutes later after the AmaZulu defence gave George Maluleka a lot of space.

The central midfielder then unleashed a shot into the top corner to make it 1-0 to Chiefs much to the delight of the Amakhosi fans.

AmaZulu tried to level matters before half-time, but Chiefs stood firm at the back and the score was 1-0 to the hosts at the interval.

Chiefs took control of the match after the restart with Willard Katsande stamping his authority in the middle of the park.

Hendrick Ekstein scored with a deflected shot to make it 2-0 to Chiefs in the 55th minute following a corner-kick.

The momentum was with the hosts and they extended their lead in the 59th minute through Siphiwe Tshabalala, who made it 3-0 from close range.

Cavin Johnson, the AmaZulu head coach, reacted by introducing Siyabonga Nomvethe a minute later as Usuthu looked to pull one back.

However, the former South Africa international was tightly marked by the Chiefs defence in the latter stages of the encounter.

AmaZulu striker Mhlengi Cele was denied by Khune at the near-post in the 87th minute and ultimately, Chiefs won 3-0 on the night.

Chiefs (1) 3 (Maluleka 32′, Ekstein 55′, Tshabalala 59′)

AmaZulu (0) 0

Chiefs: Khune, Cardoso, Mathoho, Ngezana, Zulu, Katsande, Maluleke, Ekstein (85′), Tshabalala (Moon 74′), Molangoane, Parker (Zuma 69′).

AmaZulu: Pule, Mbatha B, Sikhakhane, Gumede M, Gumede P, Darpoh, Ncube (Mnguni 83′), Ncobeni, Cele, Manzini (Ntsundwana 76′), Khenyeza (Nomvethe 60′).

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