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Best of the weekend's soccer action: Brendan Rodgers the blueprint SA coaches should follow

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Leicester City Manager Brendan Rodgers celebrates with The FA Cup trophy.  (Photo by Plumb Images/Leicester City FC via Getty Images)
Leicester City Manager Brendan Rodgers celebrates with The FA Cup trophy. (Photo by Plumb Images/Leicester City FC via Getty Images)

Kaizer Chiefs emphatically placed one foot in the CAF Champions League semi-finals, while Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers proved to be the more relatable blueprint South African coaches should follow, in this weekend's best soccer action.

Here Sport24 highlights some of the best and most talked about topics from this weekend's soccer action:

Kaizer Chiefs emphatically place one foot in CAF CL semi-finals

Kaizer Chiefs placed one foot in the semi-finals of the CAF Champions League after a convincing 4-0 win over Simba SC at FNB Stadium on Saturday.

As is the case in cup competitions, form goes out the window. It feels pretty ironic that a struggling Kaizer Chiefs side are sitting pretty in the prestigious continental competition, while runaway PSL leaders and much-fancied Mamelodi Sundowns have it all to do after a 2-0 defeat at the hands of former coach Pitso Mosimane's Al Ahly.

Chiefs' convincing win managed to even put a smile on the face of head coach Gavin Hunt, which local soccer fans will know is quite a rare sight.

A special mention also has to go to the Amakhosi supporters for their well-organised peaceful protest, which appears to have ignited their team's emphatic performance. It's another reminder that football remains nothing without fans.

Pitso takes home the bragging rights 

In a battle of the "master v student", Pitso Mosimane outwitted his former side as Al Ahly pulled off a convincing 2-0 win over Mamelodi Sundowns at the Al-Salam Stadium in Cairo on Saturday.

It was job done for the current CAF Champions League holders, who put in a professional display to clinch a win by a two-goal advantage while importantly denying Sundowns an away goal.

The three-headed technical team of Sundowns as the "students" failed to surpass the master-tactician in the first-leg of this CAF Champions League quarter-final clash.

Mosimane is now looking odds-on to clinch a semi-final berth in a week in the return leg in South Africa.

Rodgers shows SA coaches should follow his blueprint

Brendan Rodgers led his Leicester City side to their first-ever FA Cup title in a 1-0 win over Chelsea as Youri Tielemans proved the match-winner at Wembley on Saturday.

It's the first trophy for the Northern Irishman in England on the back of a successful spell at Celtic.

Rodgers has expertly laid down the blueprint as a trailblazing manager who has successfully transformed himself from a talented coach to an elite manager.

After Saturday's FA Cup triumph, Rodgers has cemented himself and navigated the challenging journey from assistant to one of the elite managers in world football after starting as a Jose Mourinho assistant.

South African coaches - such as the three coaches at Sundowns - should take note and, instead of attempting too hard to imitate Jose Mourinho or Pep Guardiola, follow the more relatable blueprint that Rodgers is setting.

Alisson heroics keeps Liverpool in Top 4 hunt

Special mention to goalkeeper Alisson Becker who wins the moment of the weekend after becoming the first Liverpool goalkeeper to score in a competitive match in Premier League history.

The Brazilian's stoppage-time winner - with a header any outfield player would be proud of - kept the Reds in the hunt for a Champions League top-four place.

An emotional Alisson later in his post-match interview dedicated his goal to his late father, who tragically died earlier this year.

"Football is my life. I played since I can remember as a human being with my father. I wish he was here to see it, but I'm sure that he saw it with God at his side and is celebrating."

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