Kaizer Chiefs through to Maize Cup final

Kaizer Chiefs through to Maize Cup final
Bernard Parker of Kaizer Chiefs celebrates goal with teammates during the 2018 Maize Cup match between Kaizer Chiefs and Buya Msuthu at the James Motlatsi Stadium, Orkney on 14 July 2018 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

by Staff Reporter

Saturday Jul 14, 2018. 12:03

Kaizer Chiefs beat Buya Msuthu 2-0 to reach the final of the 2018 Bokone Bophirima Maize Cup on Saturday morning at James Motlatsi Stadium.

Two goals courtesy of Bernard Parker and Yusuf Bunting ensured Amakhosi bagged a win in the first semifinal of the pre-season tournament.

It was Buya Msuthu who had a glorious opportunity in the sixth minute as they entered Chiefs’ penalty area, but a cross from Alucious Wagaba went across Itumeleng Khune's goal.

In an aim to create their chances, Chiefs started to come out of the blocks towards the 10th minute and Siphosakhe Ntiya-Ntiya delivered a great cross to find Ryan Moon, whose header went over the crossbar.

However, they made it 1-0 in the 16th minute through Parker after a brilliant pass from Siphiwe Tshabalala on the right wing.

As they kept probing, Msuthu were awarded a set piece four minutes later, but Pule Nonyane’s effort could not produce a save from Khune, sailing wide.

It was 1-0 to Chiefs at half time.

After 10 minutes into the second half, the Soweto giants were nearly caught napping at the back as Simphiwe Ndlovu could not capitalise, as his effort sailed wide of Khune's right corner.

Chiefs looked for a second goal and Tshabalala would see his set piece going inches wide of Sabelo Nkomo’s left post from range in the 76th minute.

Resulting from perseverance, Bunting managed to double their lead in the 83rd minute after showing composure to beat Nkomo with a clever chip.

Amakhosi held on to their lead and will now face the winner between Free State Stars and Chippa United who will meet at 12:00 (CAT).

Kaizer Chiefs (1) 2 (Parker 16’, Bunting 83’)
Buya Msuthu 0

Kaizer Chiefs: Khune, Ngezana, Mphahlele, Thibedi, Malope (Cardoso 90’), Ekstein, Ntiya-Ntiya, Jayiya, Tshabalala, Parker, Moon (Bunting 63’)

Buya Msuthu: Nkomo, Hlongwane, Thomo, Marakane, Nonyane, Madolo, Masoko, Sibanda, Wagaba, Ndlovu, Lentswe