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Kaizer Chiefs 3-0 Golden Arrows: Amakhosi ease into the Nedbank Cup Last 16

8:55 PM IST 11/02/18
Ryan Moon of Kaizer Chiefs challenged by Lehlohonolo Nonyane of Golden Arrows
Ryan Moon, Bernard Parker and Joseph Molangoane all scored for Amakhosi, who eased into the Last 16

Kaizer Chiefs thrashed Golden Arrows 3-0 in the Nedbank Cup Last 32 match which was played at the FNB Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

As a result, Amakhosi booked their place in the Last 16, while Abafana Bes'thende were eliminated from the tournament.

Leonardo Castro and Siphelele Ntshangase made their first starts as Steve Komphela made changes to the Chiefs starting line-up that faced Bidvest Wits in a PSL match which ended in a 1-1 draw at the Bidvest Stadium last weekend.

On the other hand, Zimbabwean attackers Knox Mutizwa and Kudakwashe Mahachi started upfront for Arrows as they looked to return to winning ways having lost 2-1 to AmaZulu at the King Zwelithini Stadium last weekend.

Amakhosi dominated the match from the start as they pressed the Abafana Bes'thende defence which was marshalled by Malawi international Limbikani Mzava.

Castro managed to create some space outside the Arrows box and he unleashed a powerful shot which was brilliantly pushed away by goalkeeper Maximilian Mbaeva as Chiefs pushed for the opening goal.

Mahachi, who has been one of Abafana Bes'thende's best players this season, sustained an injury and he was replaced by Nduduzo Sibiya as the visitors suffered a blow.

However, the momentum was with Clinton Larsen's charges after the half-hour mark and Chiefs goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune had to be alert when Mzwandile Buthelezi tried his luck from range.

The Arrows midfielder found some space outside the Amakhosi box and he pulled the trigger, but Khune produced a magnificent save - finger-tipping the ball over the crossbar.

Chiefs and Arrows were locked at 0-0 at the interval following an closely contested first half.

A second-half which was dominated by Amakhosi followed with Abafana Bes'thende forced to defend in numbers, but they conceded after failing to keep an eye on unmarked Moon.

The in-form striker made it four goals in five matches when he beat Mbaeva with a tap in from Williard Katsande's cross to make it 1-0 to Chiefs much to the delight of the home crowd.

Arrows were now forced to push forward in numbers in search of the equalizing goal, but Knox Mutizwa was denied by Khune following a good move by the visitors.

Abafana Bes'thende were left vulnerable at the back and they were punished by Bernard Parker, who controlled the ball beautifully, before beating Mbaeva to make it 2-0 to Chiefs.

It was end-to-end stuff in the closing stages of the game as Yussef Jappie's effort was brilliantly saved by Khune and Joseph Molangoane sealed Chiefs' 3-0 victory at the other end.

The diminutive fullback-come-winger finished off a good move with a great finish in the dying minutes of the game and ultimately, Chiefs ran out 3-0 winners over Arrows.

Meanwhile, National First Division (NFD) side Royal Eagles defeated ABC Motsepe outfit Happy Wanderers 1-0 in the Last 32 match which was played at the Sugar Ray Stadium.