Kaizer Chiefs progress to the semi-finals of the Nedbank Cup with two late goals by Lebese against SuperSport at the FNB Stadium on Saturday afternoon
The opening minutes of the match was an even tussle in the middle of the park as Kaizer Chiefs looked to penetrate early. SuperSport United kept good shape and moved forward with pace from the turnover ball.
In the seventh minute of the match The AmaKhosi almost took the lead from a corner. Tefu Mashamaite rose high to meet a Siphiwe Tshabalala corner, but his effort narrowly missed the far corner. Chiefs dominated 70% of the ball possession in the opening quarter, although they were losing it easily in the final third. Matsatsantsa were not doing much to put pressure on Chiefs, but when they had the ball in the attacking third they looked to exploit the right side of the Chiefs defense.
As the match progressed it became a tedious encounter, and the home side were unable to utilize their dominant ball possession. While the visitors sat too deep and were not creating any opportunities nor threatening The AmaKhosi.
In the 22nd minute Shabba fired a shot straight at Ronwen Williams from the edge of the area, after cleverly sidestepping Thato Mokeke. Matsatsantsa only managed the first strike at goal at the half hour mark, when Thabo Moloi threw a long ball into the box for Bradley Grobler's attempt with a header at goal.
In the 39th minute SuperSport’s Enocent Mkhabela received the ball with tons of space in the AmaKhosi half. While he carried the ball into the attacking third with just two defenders in his sight, and options on either side of him. Mkhabela opted to carry the ball instead of releasing it early to one of his teammates, and lost the ball to waste a great chance.
SuperSport’s best effort came from a 35 yard strike from Grobler, when his shot got the better of Itumeleng Khune, but unfortunately whizzed past the side post.
In the second period the home side carried on where they left off. They continued to do most of the probing but were unable to convert anything. Cavin Johnson looked to spark up his sides performance when he introduced the skillful Jabu Mahlangu, then later on the pacey Sameehg Doutie.
With three minutes left of the game, George Lebese received a stunning through ball into the 18 yard area to help Chiefs to a late winner. With a one-on-one situation, goalkeeper Williams reacted quickly and immediately closed down the space to make a fantastic save.
A minute later Lebese did not make the same mistake when he found the back of the net. After a beautiful build up, Siboniso Gaxa setup Lebese who struck a thunderous shot into the roof of the net to give Chiefs the late winner. Lebese struck a second time during injury time after Shabba set him up, the attacker once more struck a superb shot into the back of the net.