Kaizer Chiefs vs SuperSport United Amakhosi are outwitted
Grobler was the chief tormentor
Having scored a brace in the first leg, SuperSport United striker Bradley Grobler proved Kaizer Chiefs’ chief-tormentor as his solitary strike sent Matsatsantsa to the MTN8 final, outwitting Amakhosi in the semifinal returnleg at FNB stadiumlast night.
Grobler’s goal came in the 57th minute after a defencesplitting pass by ex-Amakhosi midfield maestro Reneilwe Letsholonyane. The first leg had finished 2-2 last week.
As they scored two goals away in the first leg, Chiefs deployed a defensive approach, starting with two defensive midfielders in Willard Katsande and youngster Wiseman Meyiwa. This approach was aimed at safeguarding their advantage. Not conceding was always going to guarantee Giovanni Solinas’ troops a berth in the Wafa Wafa final.
After commitment numerous errorsin previousmatches, Amakhosi dropped centreback Daniel Cardoso for returning Teenage Hadebe.
The Zimbabwean defender partnered with Siyabonga Ngezana in the heart of defence. New Ugandan leftback Godfrey Walusimbi also walked straight into the line- up, replacing Siphosakhe Ntiya-Ntiya. Driven by desperation of wanting to score an away goal, SuperSport dominated the first half.
Having joined from Kenyan club Gor Mahia on Thursday, Walusimbi struggled to cope with the pace of the match. Matsatsantsa largely capitalised on his rather frail style of play, with tricky winger Thuso Phala giving him a hard time down the left flank.
Realising that his defensive gameplan wasnot yieldingany long loan from Mamelodi Sundowns. This comes after Usuthu agreed to sell Rhulani Manzini to Chippa United. results, Solinas substituted Meyiwa for Khotso Malope 10 minutes after the hour mark, before bringing in Ryan Moon for Leonardo Castro later on.
Solinas would have trusted that dropping Cardoso would be a solution for their leaky
Sibusiso Kumalo, meanwhile, also left Sundowns where he struggled for game time. The midfielder will defence, but it was thesameold story when Grobler snatched away a pass from Letsholonyane to slot home early in the second period, beating hapless goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune to give the visitors the all-important goal. spend the season at Bidvest Wits, who will have an option to make his stay permanent in June next year.
The league also confirmed that Madagascan international Andriamirado “Dax” Andrianarimanana has not been registered by Kaizer Chiefs.
Andrianarimanana’s former club Fosa Juniors are reportedly demanding a transfer fee, even though there areclaims thathe’s anamateur player and Chiefs don’t have to pay.
Fosa, however, have apparently still not issued his international clearance and instead, the matter could end up at world football controlling body Fifa.
As things stand, he’s not available to play for Chiefs.
There were 922 new registrations in this transfer window, both for the PSL and National First Division teams.
SuperSport United’s Bradley Grobler celebrates his goal with Evans Rusike and Aubrey Modiba during their MTN 8, semi-final 2nd Leg match against Kaizer Chiefs yesterday.
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