Chiefs fall just short in CAF Champions League

2014-03-30 08:37

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After being knocked out of the CAF Champions League, Kaizer Chiefs should be more motivated to win the Absa Premiership or at least finish as runners-up so they can have a second bite at the tournament next year.

The 2-0 victory for Amakhosi last night was not enough to send them through to the group stages of the tournament.

Chiefs supporters took their frustration out on the match officials, and some hotheads stormed the field and confronted Namibian referee Rainhold Shikongo.

Amakhosi can expect a hefty fine from CAF for their fickle fans’ misbehaviour.

It was always going to be tough for Chiefs to overturn the 3-0 defeat they suffered in the Democratic Republic of Congo last weekend, and no matter how hard they tried, it was mission impossible as they succumbed on aggregate.

The defeat means Chiefs have now been relegated to the CAF Confederation Cup and will know their opponents in Tuesday’s draw in Cairo.

Chiefs got what they were looking for with an early goal, but they failed to add to that tally after Knowledge Musona gave them an ideal start in the first half.

The visitors also knew what was expected of them – absorb the pressure and use delaying tactics, and these they perfected to kill the tempo of the game, much to the frustrations of the home supporters.

The last thing Chiefs needed was a disruption to their flowing game, but things fell apart for them when they lost two players to injuries.

Goalkeeper Reyaad Pieterse bumped the upright and had to be replaced by Brilliant Khuzwayo and goal scorer Musona also suffered what looked like an ankle injury and had to make way for Matthew Rusike, all in the first half.

For Chiefs to have any hopes of progressing to the group stages, they had to utilise their scoring chances but they failed in this department despite cresting numerous opportunities. Musona could have left the pitch with two goals, but missed a spurned chance that goalkeeper Lomboto Hervé saved.

Morgan Gould’s last-minute goal was not enough to help Chiefs take the game to the penalties as Vita hung on and progressed to the group stage.

Now it is back to the league title race for Amakhosi, who host Golden Arrows and Mamelodi Sundowns at the same stadium on Wednesday and Saturday respectively.

»?Also last night, SuperSport United exited the CAF Confederation Cup after a 4-1 demolition by Etoile Sportive du Sahel at the Lucas Moripe Stadium.

The Tunisian side advanced to the next round 5-1 on aggregate after they beat the Pretoria-based side 1-0 in Tunisia last weekend.

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