Cape Town - Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs beat defending champions Mamelodi Sundowns to claim the 2019 edition of the Shell Ultra
Amakhosi scored four goals in the first half of the match
without any reply from their opponents from Pretoria.
Going into this match, Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp
kept the core of the team that played the last league game against Lamontville
Golden Arrows and made three changes in the starting XI.
Sundowns, on the other hand, saved their big guns for the
second half of the match as they started with a changed team.
Chiefs started like a house on fire, asking questions in the
Khama Billiat and Leonardo Castro did all the damage as they
combined well to set up and convert the goals.
The opening goal came in the 9th minute courtesy of Castro
and was followed by two more stunners by the Colombian striker to complete his
Late in the second half, Castro returned the favour by
laying on a great ball for Billiat to register his name on the score sheet.
Both teams made changes in the second half as Chiefs brought
on players such as Keletso Sifama, Sizwe Twala, Bernard Parker, Siphelele
Ntshangase and Kabelo Mahlasela.
Seeing danger after going 4-0 down in the first half, Pitso
Mosimane introduced Ali Meza, Kennedy Mweene, Gaston Sirino, Tebogo Langerman
and Hlompho Kekana in the second stanza.
Sundowns responded by scoring a goal in the 60th minute
courtesy of Meza. They were handed a penalty in injury time of the second which
Chiefs could have scored another goal towards the end of the
match but Chiefs’ 16-year-old youngster Sifama’s shot went slightly wide.