Warriors 2-1 Amabutho: Khune dazzles as Kerr's side reaches DStv Compact Cup final
Itumeleng Khune, Warriors, January 2022
The Kaizer Chiefs captain was in his element as he made some wonderful saves throughout the PSL mid-season tournament semi-final clash

Warriors progressed to the DStv Compact Cup final after edging out Amabutho 2-1 in the second semi-final match at Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday evening.

Goals from Siyethemba Sithebe (own-goal) and Monnapule Saleng inspired the Johannesburg side to a narrow victory, while Nkosinathi Sibisi netted what proved to be Army's consolation goal.

The Warriors were featuring some of the biggest names in South African football with Itumeleng Khune, Happy Jele, Thembinkosi Lorch and Keagan Dolly all starting for coach Dylan Kerr's side.

On the other hand, AmaZulu FC star Veli Mothwa started in goal for Amabutho who also had Bafana Bafana internationals Sithebe and Victor Letsoalo in their starting line-up.

Amabutho (Zulu for Army) got off to a bright start with eventual Man of the Match Pule Mmodi causing havoc for the Warriors' defence and he kept Khune on his toes.

Mmodi fired the game's first shot on target, but his snapshot was well-saved by Khune who played his last competitive match in the current season in August 2021.

The Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper was called into action a few minutes later and he produced a fine save to deny Mmodi at the near-post after the Lamontville Golden Arrows winger had dribbled past two defenders.

Khune's great saves ensured that the first-half ended with the two sides locked at 0-0 and the Warriors had failed to seriously test Mothwa in Amabutho's goal-posts in the first-half.

Fans voted for Fortune Makaringe to be introduced by Kerr prior to the start of this second-half and the Orlando Pirates playmaker was involved in the build-up to the opening goal.

Makaringe made a powerful run into Army's box, but he lost possession to Sithebe who netted an own goal as his back pass beat Mothwa to hand Warriors a 1-0 lead in the 50th minute.

The Gauteng side then sat back and allowed coach Lehlohonolo Seema's charges to dominate possession. Parity was restored in the 69th minute when Sibisi scored from the rebound after Khune had fantastically denied Leletu Skelem.

It was then end-to-end stuff in the closing stages as Khune pulled off yet another fantastic save to deny Mmodi for the third time. Almost immediately at the other end, Pule scored the winning goal with a well-taken left-footed shot in the 86th minute.

The late goal sealed the Warriors' 2-1 win and they will now take on Coastal United in the final on January 29. Amabutho will face off with Dinaledi in the third-place playoff match on January 29.