The Nedbank Cup holders needed penalties to beat the Ke Yona Team in a match played at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on Sunday
Kaizer Chiefs came into this clash at the back of eight straight victories in the PSL, but coach Doctor Khumalo kept his promise by fielding non-first team regulars against the Ke Yona Team.
As expected, AmaKhosi dictated the tempo of the game, but they never had too many goalscoring opportunities, as their passing proved very poor in the final third.
However, Chiefs came close to opening the scoring when Nicholas Mynhardt tried to chip the ball over goalkeeper Chibwe in the 23rd minute, only to be ruled offside.
On 29 minutes, Bagcine Sinqa unleashed a left-footed shot from outside the Chiefs box, but Brilliant Khuzwayo did fantastically well to tip it over the bar for a corner.
Chibwe then pulled off a great save a few seconds later when he went down to his right to push Ekstein’s lowly-taken shot was away before being cleared for a throw-in.
Ke Yona Team nearly took the lead from a 37th minute free-kick, but Khuzwayo was equal to the task as he parried Delano Abrahams’ header back to play before Kyle Davies missed the target with his header.
Doctor Khumalo made changes before the start of the second half, but AmaKhosi nearly went a goal down 11 minutes later when Abrahams shot from inside the box missed the target when he should have at least hit the target.
Both teams struggled to create goalscoring opportunities, as Ke Yona Team stood firm especially in the middle of the park to keep Chiefs away from Chibwe’s goal.
Abrahams had a chance to break the deadlock in the 83rd minute, but the Ke Yona Team attacker had too many touches and allowed Chiefs to recover.
Philani Cele should have also done better in the 90th minute, but the Chiefs midfielder failed to hit the target from inside the Ke Yona Team box and both teams had to settle for penalties.