Johannesburg - Kaizer Chiefs booked their place in the
2013 Nedbank Cup final with a 2-1 win over a spirited United FC side at the FNB
stadium on Saturday evening.
Premier Soccer League leaders stay on course to win the double this season
thanks to first half goals from Lehlohonolo Majoro and George Lebese. United
FC’s goal was scored by Walter Maponyane.
FC were eager to unsettle the Premier Soccer League leaders early on but
instead conceded a goal in the fifth minute of the match.
VIDEO: Kaizer Chiefs v United FC, highlights
Parker got on the end of a beautiful through ball over the top of the Vultures’
defence from Siphiwe Tshabalala before squaring the ball to Lehlohonolo Majoro
who tapped in from close range.
Lebese extended the Amakhosi’s lead 19 minutes later. The winger nodded in past
Mpandle after Majoro’s shot from just outside the area rattled the crossbar and
the post before falling favourably for Lebese, who made no mistake to deepen
the minnow’s problems.
FC nearly pulled one back in the 32nd minute of the tie. Thabo Makgothi was
disposed brilliantly by Itumeleng Khune before Willard Katsande cleared a
Siyabulela Shai effort off the line.
deservedly went into the break two goals to the good. The Soweto giants created
the better chances of the half despite United enjoying the lion’s share of the
had a great opportunity to complete his brace in the 54th minute of the game.
The striker got on the end of a through ball from Parker but couldn’t hit the
target with only the keeper to beat.
Vultures captain Walter Maponyane scored from the penalty spot in the 81st
minute of the game after Tefu Mashamaite was adjudged to have pulled a United
FC player’s shirt inside the area. Maponyane converted confidently from the
spot to make for a nervy final few minutes.
FC piled on the pressure in the final few minutes but the Amakhosi’s defence
stood tall to subsequently hand the Premier Soccer League leaders a win over
the National First Division side.
will face either Platinum Stars or SuperSport United in the final of South
Africa’s version of the FA Cup. Dikwena and Matsatsantsa clash heads in
Rustenburg on Wednesday.