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KHUNE INSPIRES CHIEFS TO MTN8 SEMIS

STELLENBOSCH, SOUTH AFRICA – AUGUST 28: Ashley du Preez of Chiefs celebrates after scoring a goal during the MTN8, Quarter Final match between Stellenbosch FC and Kaizer Chiefs at Danie Craven Stadium on August 28, 2022 in Stellenbosch, South Africa. (Photo by Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images

Kaizer Chiefs came from behind to defeat Stellenbosch FC 4-3 on penalties following a 1-1 draw in an MTN8 quarterfinal match at the Danie Craven Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

The win saw Amakhosi join AmaZulu FC and Orlando Pirates in the semifinals. The Soweto giants will now take on AmaZulu in a DStv Premiership encounter at home on September 3.

While Stellies crashed out of the tournament after making their debut appearance in the competition. The Western Cape side is set to play host to Richards Bay in a league clash on September 3.

Stellies threatened first when a through pass was played for Junior Mendieta to attack. However, the Argentine attacker scuffed his shot with goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune having been caught off his goal-line.

The hosts were controlling the game with Sibongiseni Mthethwa dominating the midfield battle. It should have been 1-0 to Stellenbosch when Sihle Nduli beat Khune with a header, but the crossbar came to Chiefs’ rescue.

Amakhosi’s best chance of the first half fell for Ashley du Preez, but the former Stellies striker ballooned his shot over the crossbar from close range and the score was 0-0 during the halftime break.

A second half that saw both teams make defensive mistakes followed with Jayden Adams stealing possession from Njabulo Ngcobo before quickly setting up Ndluli who scored to hand Stellenbosch a 1-0 lead in the 48th minute.

However, the lead lasted for 10 minutes as the visitors surged forward and pressed the hosts. Oswin Andries gave away possession and Du Preez scored from close range to make it 1-1 much to the delight of the Chiefs fans in the stadium.

The encounter ended in a 1-1 draw in regulation time and extra-time followed with referee Jelly Chavani having changed his decision to award Stellenbosch a penalty in stoppage time after adjudging Keagan Dolly to have handled the ball in the box.

There were no goals in extra-time and the game was decided by a penalty shootout after a 1-1 draw. Khune was the hero as Chiefs won 4-3 on penalties with the veteran shot-stopper denying William Likuta and Dean van Rooyen from the spot-kick.

Stellenbosch 1 (Nduli 48′)

Chiefs 1 (Du Preez 58′)

Stellenbosch: Langeveldt, De Goede, Basadien, Van Rooyen, Mthethwa, Nduli (Jabaar 115′), Adries, Adams (Mngomezulu 83′), Mgaga, Mendieta, Van Wyk (Likuta 73′).

Chiefs: Khune, Solomons, Njabulo Ngcobo, Kwinika, Hlanti (Mashiane 108′), Matlou (Nkosingiphile Ngcobo 77′), Sithebe (Nange 114′), Du Preez (Alexander 90′), Sekgota, Dolly, Billiat (Mahlatsi 108′).

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