Soccer

Chiefs into Nedbank quarters

2013-03-16 22:40
Sthembiso Ngcobo (Gallo)
Johannesburg - A goal in each half from Sthembiso Ngcobo and Kingston Nkhatha saw Kaizer Chiefs with a rather comfortable 2-0 win over Polokwane City in the last 16 of the Nedbank Cup at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday night.

According to the soccerladuma.co.za website, the first 45 saw Polokwane with a lot of the ball, but for all their possession the NFD side struggled to break down the stubborn Amakhosi defence due to lack of skill and vision.

Consequently, the side from Polokwane let rip from long range but were unable to get the better of a superb Itumeleng Khune.

Instead, it was the Premiership side who proved to be more clinical in front of goal and accordingly took a one goal lead into the half time break through Sthembiso Ngcobo.

Polokwane City, though, started very brightly and Kagiso Mashini brought the best out of Khune in the 15th minute. The City attacker let rip from 25-yards, but Khune produced a great save diving high to his right.

Polokwane continued to see more of the ball, but it was at the other end where the game’s first goal came.

A corner was worked into the box in the 32nd minute, and with Polokwane unable to fully clear the ball, Siyabonga Nkosi played pin-point through ball for Ngcobo who slotted home in clinical fashion from 14-yards out.

Five minutes later, Siphiwe Tshabalala nearly doubled his side’s lead with a 22-yard effort, but he saw his shot just skim the wrong side of the post as Chiefs took a one goal lead into the half time break.

The second 45 saw the NFD side doing all the running as they tried to find their way back into the match, but much like the first half, they really lacked the quality to trouble the Chiefs goal.

Instead, it was the Amakhosi who looked the more threatening going forward and Ngcobo nearly grabbed his second in the 54th minute.

The Chiefs striker broke behind the Polokwane defence, using his pace to get the better of them, as he found himself one-on-one with the goalie, but despite rounded the keeper he saw his shot from an acute angle cleared off the line by the defence.

In the 74th minute Chiefs stepped one foot into the quarterfinals as second half substitute Kingston Nkhatha found the Glamour Boys’ second goal.

A mistake in the defence allowed Bernard Parker to pounce on the loose ball and drive towards the goal, where he proceeded to cut it back for an unmarked Nkhatha who produced a superb first-touch finish into the bottom right-hand corner form 14-yards out, 2-0.

Chiefs slowed the game after the second goal and controlled the midfield batter as the won 2-0, and sealed their place in the quarterfinals of the Nedbank Cup competition.

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