Kaizer Chiefs lost 3-2 on aggregate in their second round Caf encounter despite beating AS Vita 2-0 at Soccer City on Saturday evening
Kaizer Chiefs started the match at a high tempo looking for the early goal. In the sixth minute Kingston Nkhatha was denied a goal after finding the back of the net, with the referee calling an incorrect offside decision.
In the eight minute Knowledge Musona slotted home the opening goal of the match. The Zimbabwean attacker calmly beat goalkeeper Herve Lomboto from a one-on-one situation, after receiving a stunning flick-on from Bernard Parker and superbly beating the last defender. Five minutes later Musona found himself once again with only the goalkeeper to beat, from a great through pass by counterpart Nkhatha. However, this time around he was unable to find the finishing touch.
At the quarter way mark Chiefs were hit with a big blow in their defense as goalkeeper Reyaad Pieterse injured himself while making a save. The shot-stopper’s head collided with the side post after tipping the ball over the crossbar. Brilliant Khuzwayo came off the bench to make his first appearance of the season.
AS Vita started off well to contain the Chiefs attack, despite conceding the early goal. The visitors defended in numbers and looked to retain their aggregated lead.
In the 22nd minute The Black Dolphins goalkeeper spilt a routine save from a Chiefs throw in, but he quickly recovered to deny any prowlers. Two minutes later Taddy Etekiama came close to finding the back of the net from close range for Vita, from a ball put through from the right wing. Unfortunately the attacker narrowly missed the rare opportunity.
In the second period AmaKhosi continued to apply pressure high up in the attacking third, and created numerous chances. However the Vita shot-stopper Lomboto was in phenomenal form and repeatedly denied the home side.
In the 56th minute Lomboto brilliantly tipped over a free header by Nkhatha, then six minutes later he pushed out a snapshot by Matthew Rusike for a corner. At the 64th minute mark the Chiefs side called for what looked like a clear penalty, when the ball made contact with the Vita captain inside the 18 yard area, but the referee saw none of it.
Morgan Gould gave The AmaKhosi a glimpse of hope during injury time with a clinical finish from the edge of the 18 yard area, but it was not enough for the home side. The Congolese outfit had done enough on the night to maintain their aggregate lead, and go through as 3-2 victors on aggregate.