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Kaizer Chiefs v Cape Town City Match Report, 31/03/2019

2 - 0
H. Ekstein (30)
D. Zuma (54)
Mbombela Stadium
Kaizer Chiefs 2-0 Cape Town City: Amakhosi beat Citizens to book Nedbank Cup semi-final spot
15:57 IST 31/03/2019
Siphosakhe Ntiya Ntiya of Kaizer Chiefs challenged by Thato Mokeke of Cape Town City, March 2019
Goals from Hendrick Ekstein and Dumisani Zuma helped Amakhosi humble the Citizens in an entertaining clash

Kaizer Chiefs eased into the Nedbank Cup semi-finals after defeating Cape Town City 2-0 in a quarter-final which was played in Nelspruit on Sunday afternoon.

Amakhosi were keen to keep their hopes of securing a record-extending 14th Nedbank Cup trophy alive having defeated lower division side The Magic in the previous round.

Andriamirado Andrianarimanana surprisingly started ahead of Willard Katsande, while Hendrick Ekstein, Khama Billiat and Bernard Parker were deployed upfront in a three-man attack.

The Citizens were hoping to keep their hopes of winning a treble alive having eliminated fellow Premier Soccer League (PSL) side Highlands Park in the Last 16.

Dove Edmilson, who is a left-back by trade, was deployed in central defence alongside Taariq Fielies, while Kermit Erasmus was preferred ahead of Siphelele Mthembu upfront.

Amakhosi looked the sharper of the two teams in the early exchanges and City goalkeeper Peter Leeuwenburgh was a very busy man.

The former Ajax Amsterdam player pulled off a great finger-tip save to deny George Maluleka, before denying Billiat from close range following a quick move by the hosts.

Chiefs upped the tempo with the half-hour mark approaching and they managed to break the deadlock following a mistake by City defender Edmilson.
The Mozambique international gave the ball to Parker, who then picked out Ekstein to fire home from close range to make it 1-0 to Chiefs much to the delight of the home crowd.

The hosts came close to doubling their lead when Siphosakhe Ntiya-Ntiya hit the upright from close range after the City defence was exposed yet again.

The score was 1-0 to Chiefs with Ernst Middendorp's charges having dominated the first half.

The Citizens, who had netted 20% of the goals in the first 15 minutes of the second half in their Nedbank Cup games this season, were the better side after the restart.

The reigning MTN8 champions should have levelled matters when an unmarked Zukile Kewuti hit the upright from close range with Chiefs keeper Bruce Bvuma well-beaten.

Benni McCarthy's charges were left to rue that missed opportunity as Dumisani Zuma doubled Chiefs' lead from close range to make it 2-0 in the 55th minute.

McCarthy decided to introduce attack-minded duo Chris David and Gift Links with Amakhosi sitting back to defend their lead.

New South Africa under-23 international Links nearly made an immediate impact, but Bvuma was alert in Chiefs goal as he pulled off a great save to deny the left-footed player.

Chiefs then stood firm at the back and ultimately, they emerged 2-0 winners over City, who had been outsmarted by Amakhosi on the day.

The victory saw Amakhosi join National First Division (NFD) side TS Galaxy, Lamontville Golden Arrows as well as Chippa United in the semi-finals, while City bowed out of the tournament.