Kaizer Chiefs vs Su­perS­port United Amakhosi are out­wit­ted

Grob­ler was the chief tor­men­tor

Sunday World - - Sport - By Sihle Nde­bele

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.

/Gallo Images Lefty Shivambu

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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Mamelodi Sun­downs coach Pitso Mosi­mane wel­comes Phakamani Mahlambi, who has clinched a five-year deal with the club.

“When we played Sene­gal in Novem­ber,we iden­ti­fied what will move us along theroad to the Af­con”

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