Chiefs are scorching

2014-10-04 23:41

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Statisticians were back at work last night to record another milestone for Kaizer Chiefs as Amakhosi chalked up their 12th win on the trot in all competitions so far this season.

Bernard Parker’s chested goal on the quarter-hour mark not only advanced Chiefs to the quarterfinals of the Telkom Knockout, but marked the second time that Amakhosi had scored a double victory over the same opposition team in the league and cup.

Last night, Maritzburg United – who lost to Chiefs by the same margin last weekend – suffered the same fate as Mpumalanga Black Aces and Platinum Stars, who also succumbed under coach Stuart Baxter’s mean machine.

Even with an altered line-up that had goalkeeper Reyaad Pieterse, defender Kgotso Moleko and midfielder Siyabonga Nkosi all starting the game, it was clear from the recently crowned MTN8 Cup champions that they were keen to defend their remarkable record in all competitions.

In fact, Nkosi tested the waters as early as the third minute with a long-range attempt that was not far off the target.

Mandla Masango and Siphiwe Tshabalala also came short of finding the back of the net, but United goalkeeper Virgil Vries matched the attempts in the 21st and 26th minutes with solid saves – these efforts at goal could have settled the game for the hosts.

Parker’s goal was a result of a typical Amakhosi quick-passing game that the striker had actually initiated before he got at the end of Tshabalala’s cross, before chesting the ball home.

United were not entirely bad on the night and had their fair share of attempts at goal.

However, Ashley Hartog – with his two fierce strikes in the first half – and Terrence Mandaza’s shot late in the second half, were unable to alter the course of the game as Amakhosi held on for another win over the Pietermaritzburg-based side.

Chiefs’ victory last night earned them a berth in the last eight and they will join defending champions Platinum Stars, Mamelodi Sundowns, Bidvest Wits, SuperSport United and AmaZulu in the quarterfinal draw.

The line-up will be completed this afternoon by the fixtures involving Orlando Pirates against Polokwane City at Orlando Stadium and Ajax Cape Town versus Black Aces at Cape Town Stadium. Both matches kick off at 3pm.

Other Telkom Knockout results:

Friday: Bidvest Wits 3, Moroka Swallows 0

Saturday:AmaZulu 3, Bloemfontein Celtic 2; Mamelodi Sundowns 2, University of Pretoria 1; SuperSport United 1, Free State Stars 0; Platinum Stars 1, Chippa United 0

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