Chiefs ham­mer Celtic to lift Macufe Cup

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport -

KAIZER Chiefs ham­mered Bloem­fontein Celtic 4-1 in a highly en­ter­tain­ing Macufe Cup clash at a packed Free State Sta­dium yes­ter­day.

Zim­bab­wean winger Ed­more Chi­ram­badare volleyed Chiefs into an em­phatic first-minute lead, and the Glam­our Boys never looked back af­ter such a fine start.

There were only 50 sec­onds on the clock when Chi­ram­badare thumped home a left-footed vol­ley from just in­side the area af­ter Siphiwe Tsha­bal­ala’s cor­ner-kick was weakly punched by goal­keeper Ayanda Mt­shali.

Then Tsha­bal­ala got onto the score sheet just 10 min­utes later, re­ceiv­ing Bernard Parker’s per­fect square ball from the left be­fore com­pos­ing him­self and curl­ing a beau­ti­ful shot into the top-left cor­ner, in off the fin­ger­tips of a div­ing Mt­shali to make it 2-0.

It was an ex­cit­ing, end-to-end game in front of a packed sta­dium, and the Khosi fans had more to cheer about in first-half stop­page time when Parker net­ted Chiefs’ third from the penalty spot af­ter Ch­es­lyn Jamp­ies was ad­judged to have barged over Lucky Baloyi in the area.

Celtic made two changes at the start of the sec­ond half as Fis­ton Ab­doul and Sibu­siso Mx­oy­ana re­placed Ka­belo Mahlasela and Vuy­isile Wana, and the move paid div­i­dends just six min­utes af­ter the restart when Ab­doul scram­bled a goal back for Celtic fol­low­ing good work by Musa Ny­atama to keep the chance alive.

But Chiefs re­stored their three-goal cush­ion in fine style in the 58th minute as Kea­gan Buchanan, mak­ing his way back af­ter a long in­jury lay­off, played a one-two with Baloyi on the edge of the area and slot­ted home with aplomb, into the bot­tom-right cor­ner.

The rest of the game pro­duced a num­ber of sub­sti­tu­tions as both coaches made use of the friendly na­ture of the con­test, and there was more open and at­tack­ing foot­ball played right un­til the fi­nal whis­tle, but with no fur­ther goals.

Ed­more Chi­ram­badare volleyed Chiefs into an em­phatic first-minute lead

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