Kaizer Chiefs Out Of Africa

Kaizer Chiefs bowed out of the CAF Champions League following a 2-0 (3-0 on aggregate) defeat to Raja Casablanca at Stade Mohammed V on Sunday night.  The match kicked off at a low tempo with both sides knocking the ball aimlessly.  The first real chance of the match fell for the visitors in the 25th minute when Matthew Rusike and George Lebese played a quick one-two inside the area but the latter had his shot deflected for a corner.

The hosts saw much of the ball deep inside the half but failed to utilise it.  Amakhosi on the other hand, were denied much possession of the ball thus resulting in a 0-0 first half scoreline.  Lebese was at it again in the 48th minute, this time head and shoulders ahead of the defence but his shot was nowhere near the target.

The home side continued to control the pace of the match but never looked like scoring.  Both sides failed to get anything going heading to the hour mark, however Stuart Baxter’s men had grown to play with more confidence.  Mandla Masango’s tame header in the 65th minute and his over the bar shot in the 68th minute were the closest the South Africans came to scoring in the second stanza.

Siboniso Gaxa’s schoolboy error in the 86th minute gifted Ighodaro Christian Osaguona with a golden chance and he made no mistake to make it 1-0.  Osaguona bagged his second in stoppage time with a brilliant finish inside the area to make it 2-0 to seal victory for his side.  The Soweto Glamour Boys lose 3-0 on aggregate following a 1-0 home defeat to the Moroccans some three weeks earlier.