Chiefs annihilate Edu in the end

2015-02-22 11:00

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Kaizer Chiefs may have made a meal of it but they managed to progress to the next round of the Nedbank Cup after a 4-0 win over minnows, Edu Sport FC yesterday.

Siphelele Mthembu completed a hat-trick with the only other strike coming from the fit-again Katlego Mphela, who came on as a late substitute.

Against a fourth-tier division (SAB regional league) amateur outfit, Amakhosi went to the break leading by a solitary goal courtesy of an Mthembu header in the 19th minute.

Mthembu found his second in the 63rd minute before completing a good outing with his third in injury time.

Mphela got on the scoresheet with six minutes left on the clock in his first official game back since suffering a foot injury last October.

Despite playing with a virtual second-string team – which included nine changes from the team that lost 2-0 to SuperSport United in the league on Tuesday – Chiefs should have buried the cohort of scholars and students from Soshanguve with more goals.

They lacked the killer punch in the first half even though they went on to make up for earlier misses towards the end of the game.

Edu are coached by former Sundowns defender, Johannes “Bricks” Mudau. Prior to this fixture, the Immortals, as they are nicknamed, had said they were out to avoid being star-struck and being embarrassed by the Absa Premiership log leaders.

The youngsters might have showed some decent touches before fading away at the end but they were hardly a match for Chiefs. The visitors rarely got to their opposition half of the field, especially in the nervy first half.

However, the more established home team hardly rang alarm bells themselves after?despite easily dominating possession.

Siphiwe Tshabalala was denied a header at close range after 18 minutes when Edu keeper, Bongani Dhladhla, produced a stunning save.

David Zulu was twice intercepted by good blocks from Sipho Sibiya and later Dhladhla, as Edu kept themselves in play.

Chiefs had a better showing in the second half with more fluidity. They were offered a barrage of chances at goal through Mthembu and Lorenzo Gordinho.

Later Hendrick Ekstein rattled the woodwork with a stunning shot soon after having come on as a substitute.

There were concerns, though, when keeper Itumeleng Khune had to be stretched off with a suspected hip injury in the second half after he collided with team-mate Morgan Gould. He was replaced by Reyaad Pieterse.

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