Bidvest Wits edged Kaizer Chiefs 4-2 on penalties to secure their place in the Nedbank Cup final at the Bidvest Stadium on Saturday afternoon after the match ended 2-2. The home side felt hard done by the referee in the 16th minute when S’thembiso Ngcobo’s header touched the crossbar and fell inches away from the goal line, but the linesman was well positioned not to wave his flag for a goal. S
ix minutes later Itumeleng Khune came out full stretched to close in on Sibusiso Vilakazi and the referee pointed to the spot. The Wits skipper sent Khune the wrong way to put his side on the lead. The Glamour Boys recovered from the early setback and launched missiles searching for an equaliser forcing Wits to play deep into their own half.
It proved to be a match of penalties as in the 36th minute George Maluleka was fouled inside the box and again the referee pointed to the spot. Up stepped Katlego Mphela and the former Sundowns man slotted home. From there on it was anyone’s game but neither side took pole position as the sides were deadlocked at one all.
Two minutes into the second half S’thembiso Ngcobo restored Gavin Hunt’s side’s lead slicing the ball past Khune. Kingston Nkatha’s great pass in the 53rd minute from the left flank set up George Maluleka who had the easiest of tap-ins to level matters for the boys from Naturena. There was no decisive goal inside the 90 minutes, forcing the match into extra time.
Bernard Parker came close to stealing victory for Amakhosi in the 106th minute but his attempt hit the post. There would be no denying the inevitable as the match took to penalties where Reneilwe Letsholonyane and Siphiwe Tshabalala had their attempts saved while the latter struck his against the post. In the end Wits won the match 4-2 on penalties and Stuart Baxter and his men look set to finish the season without silverware.