Stellenbosch FC 0
Kaizer Chiefs 3 (Molangoane, Tshabalala, Páez)
Kaizer Chiefs progressed to the next round of the Nedbank Cup with a convincing 3-0 victory over National First Division side Stellenbosch FC at the Athlone stadium on Saturday evening.
The fairytale was unlikely to materialise but Stellenbosch’s approach to the game, did them great credit as they held their own against their more fancied opponents.
The atmosphere at Athlone was buzzing, and everyone entered into the spirit of what was, for them, a huge occasion playing against the most successful club in South Africa’s national cup.
The Chiefs defence was repeatedly tested with chances from Diego Brown and Dube before the visitors finally upped the tempo, forcing Stellenbosch back and allowing Lucky Baloyi to dart in and rifle his effort inches over the bar from outside the d line.
A lively start from the NFD side rattled Chiefs in the early exchanges, but as the Amakhosi grew into the game in the 31st minute the hosts left them too much space to exploit, never more so than for the first real chance at goal, as Siphiwe Tshabalala and Joseph Molangoane were afforded time to tee up the on rushing Gustavo Páez, who’s well struck shot was well saved by Washington Arubi.
The hosts had their moments, particularly when their forwards wasted a first-half chance from right-back Kgotso Moleko’s poor clearance, and Dube’s fierce 18-yard drive sailed over the bar with only the keeper to beat from an acute angle.
With no goals in the opening stanza, both teams went into the break feeling that a much-improved performance was needed in the second.
In the start of the second-half Amakhosi quickly took control of the game and soon after a goal came in the 47th minute.
A neat one-two play between Baloyi and Páez allowed the latter to lob the ball over the Stellenbosch defence to an unmarked Molangoane on the far post to head in his third goal of the season. 1-0 Chiefs.
After holding a concerted period of pressure from the away side a failed clearance from the hosts allowed Tshabalala to hit a shot from outside the box leaving Arubi with no chance to make it 2-0 to Chiefs, and score his 50th goal for the Gold and Black.
The Western Cape-based side made little impression in the second half, only coming to life to desperately chase the game in the last minutes when 2-0 down.
Chiefs eventually took the game away in the 81st from the lower league side when substitute George Lebese was left with acres of space in midfield and spotted a late run from Páez who did well to beat the offside trap and rounded off the keeper to slot the ball into the empty net and make it 3-0, his first goal for the club.
Chiefs looked dangerous each time they pushed forward and in the 85th minute Tshabalala pulled the trigger from a free kick outside the box, but Arubi was alert as he pulled off a decent save.
Stellies did launch late attacks looking to snatch a late goal and give some respectability to the score line, but Steve Komphela’s charges contained them and ultimately, the match ended 3-0 in favour of the Glamour Boys who progress to the Last-16 of the Ke Yona Cup.
Key moment in the match:
The opening goal could be argued as the key moment in the game, but Chiefs’ performance especially in the second half suggested the goals would come sooner or later
Not only the Kaizer Chiefs website, but also the broadcaster awarded Lucky Baloyi the Man of the Match honours for his splendid performance. The midfielder harried and ran all evening, never giving the Stellenbosch midfielders a moment’s peace.
Kaizer Chiefs 11: Khuzwayo; Moleko, Mathoho, Cardoso, Khumalo; Molangoane (Lebese 73’), Katsande, Baloyi, Tshabalala, Chirambadare (Twala 62’); Páez (Ekstein 82’)
Subs: Khune, Mphahlele, Gordinho, Lebese, Ekstein, Twala, Parker
Stellenbosch FC 11: Arubi; Rowell, Moroole, Sait, Skippers (Booysen 69’); Brown, Mekoa (Hadebe 86’), Webbber (Nene 60’), Mabua; Muishond, Dube
Subs: More, Booysen, Nene, Hadebe, Dien, Adonis, De Goede
Chiefs return to Absa Premiership action as they travel to the Peter Mokaba stadium to take on bottom side, Baroka FC next Saturday. Kick-off for the match is 20:15.