Amakhosi Secure MTN8 Final Spot

Kaizer Chiefs secured its place in the final of the MTN8 following a 1-0 victory over Bloemfontein Celtic at the FNB Stadium on Saturday.  The results accumulated to a 2-1 aggregate win for Amakhosi as they were held to a 1-1 draw in the first leg.  The Glamour Boys could have won by more goals but failed to convert in the latter stages.

Celtic can only blame themselves for the loss as they failed to feast on their attempts.  A quick one-two by Phunya Sele Sele in the 20th minute saw Keagan Buchanan on goal but surprisingly his attempt went wide when scoring seemed liked the only option.  Both teams were solid when going forward but looked out of shape whenever in defending.
Itumeleng Khune was the busier of the two shot stoppers and was called into action again in the 33rd minute but was equal to the task.  The match looked set for a 0-0 scoreline at half-time until the 41st minute when Celtic’s defence misjudged George Lebese’s abilities inside the box and the midfielder turned and shot past the keeper to make it 1-0.  Clinton Larsen’s lads looked set for an equaliser in the early exchanges of the second stanza but the home defence refused to be broken. 

In the 57th minute Siwelele conceded a free kick but Willard Katsende disappointingly sent his resulting header off target rather than testing the keeper.  Steve Komphela’s troops remained one goal to the good on the hour mark and almost increased their lead but a superb double save by Patrick Tignyemb dashed their hopes.  The visitors were outplayed and disjointed twenty minutes to the final whistle but Tignyemb managed to keep them in the game.

This victory sets up a final date between the Phefeni players with either Bidvest Wits or Ajax Cape Town, who will battle it out on Sunday afternoon, lying in wait.