AmaKhosi successfully defended their Gauteng Cup title with a 4-1 win over Bloem Celtic at the Loftus Stadium on Sunday afternoon
Siboniso Gaxa nearly caught the Celtic keeper Thembalethu Moses off guard inside the opening five minutes of the game, but the former Sundowns shot-stopper palmed over the bar for a corner.
Celtic’s Makhudubela went for a goal outside the box in the 12th minute, but his shot was too close to the Chiefs keeper Itumeleng Khune.
Chiefs had a shot on target a few minutes later when Reneilwe Letsholonyane unleashed from distance, but Moses made a comfortable save.
Knowledge Musona nearly broke the deadlock when he met Gaxa’s cross inside the Celtic penalty box, but the Zimbabwean’s header went wide as Chiefs looked more and more dangerous.
Siphiwe Tshabalala should have done better in the 22nd minute after a well played cross from George Lebese on the left, but again Moses denied Chiefs the lead with a fine block.
AmaKhosi deservedly took the lead in the 32nd minute through Willard Katsande’s long range shot that beat the out-of-position Celtic keeper Moses.
Celtic should have equalized in the 42nd minute when Rodreck Mutuma outpaced the Chiefs defence, but his finishing was not up to scratch as he shot wide with only Khune to beat.
The Bloemfontein side then paid the price in the 43rd minute when Siphiwe Tshabalala finished in a spectacular fashion from Lebese’s cross on the left hand side, as AmaKhosi took a comfortable 2-0 lead into the second half.
Celtic started the second half well and nearly pulled one back in the 50th minute when Willy Stephanus played a beautiful cross into the Chiefs box, but it was too strong for Mutuma to finish.
Siwelele finally reduced the deficit in the 56th minute when substitute and captain Thabo Nthethe connected with Joel Mogorosi’s cross to beat fully stretched Khune in the near post.
Musona was unfortunate not to have found the back of the net in the 60th minute when header went narrowly wide from Lebese’s cross.
Substitute Kingston Nkhatha, in for Lehlohonolo Majoro, came close in the 63rd minute, but he failed to connect properly as his header went wide of Moses’ goals.
Chiefs extended their lead in the 68th minute, and it was none other than Knowledge Musona who brilliantly finished with a low shot from Lebese’s low cross.
Both teams did not go forward that much, as players from both players looked a bit tired with 15 minutes to go.
Baxter substituted his senior players in the last 10 minutes, introducing Brilliant Khuzwayo for captain Itumeleng Khune.
AmaKhosi should have been 4-1 up in the 87th minute when Matthew Rusike played Nkhatha through, but the Zimbabwean international failed to hit the target.Kaizer Motaung Jnr made it 4-1 in the 90th minute after another excellent cross, from a corner this time, by Lebese before being set up by Lorenzo Gordinho.