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Kaizer Chiefs v Chippa United: Who has dominated this fixture?

14:18 GMT+4 19/04/2019
Hendrick Ekstein, Kaizer Chiefs & Thabo Rakhale, Chippa United, April 2018
Amakhosi have a golden opportunity to reach the Nedbank Cup final, but the Chilli Boys are no pushovers...

After several years without silverware, Kaizer Chiefs will hope to finally end the trophy drought, but first, they need to fend off Chippa United in a Nedbank Cup semi-final – a traditionally tricky opponent.

With Chiefs out of the PSL title race, the Cup remains their season’s defining factor and only a win will determine their season as being a success.

Nonetheless, it is fitting that Chiefs are the tournament’s record winners with 13 titles to their name, and without any of South African football’s bigger clubs to worry about, the stars may be aligning for Ernst Middendorp’s men.

Although, it is not yet the final, for Chiefs, Saturday’s match will be treated as such.

Only one team can advance, and Cup football has a tendency to often throw up a pothole or two in the road.

This means that while Amakhosi boast a healthy record against Chippa, they cannot take anything for granted.

Previously, there have been 12 meetings between the two sides with Chiefs winning six and Chippa winning just four, but it is important to note that Chippa have been a bogey side for Chiefs of late.

Chiefs have not beaten the Eastern Cape-based outfit since 2017 – a Telkom Knockout clash.

This does not bode well for Chiefs but at the end of the day, it’s all about hunger.

Chiefs certainly have a desire to win trophies especially as their fans continue to grow frustrated and last season’s exit at the same stage saw fans express their dissatisfaction.

However, Clinton Larsen too is an astute tactician who has in the past masterminded the downfall of many of South Africa’s best teams in Cup competitions, and he will perhaps favour his chances of winning a rare trophy at the helm of Chippa.

Chippa’s form though is a cause for concern as they have won just two of their last five games in all competitions.

Meanwhile, Chiefs needed to overcome Cape Town City in order to book their place in the final four and the Soweto giants will be buoyed on by the result considering the impressive performance they displayed.

On the other hand, Chippa needed penalties to surpass Bidvest Wits, which is an achievement in its own right.

This makes for a compelling and intriguing affair. So, while the historic advantage is with Chiefs, this game is likely to be a lot more difficult to call on the field.

But what is for sure, is should Chiefs make it to the final, the trophy drought could soon end.