Siyabonga Nkosi of Kaizer Chiefs celebrates his goal during the 2015 CAF Champions League
Saturday Feb 28, 2015. 17:11
Kaizer Chiefs progressed into the next round of the CAF Champions League 3-1 on aggregate over Botswana’s Township Rollers after winning the second-leg preliminary tie 1-0 at the National Stadium in Gaborone on Saturday.
Siyabonga Nkosi scored the only goal of the game just before the half hour mark to seal victory, adding to their 2-1 first-leg win a fortnight ago.
Chiefs dominated the possession stakes in the first half, but they struggled to break down a well-organised Township Rollers defence.
Instead, the Amakhosi had to shoot from long range as did Siphiwe Tshabalala in the 15th minute, but his shot was brilliantly saved by the home side’s keeper.
In the 22nd minute Bernard Parker dribbled his way through the middle of the park, but saw his 20-yard shot go narrowly wide of the goal.
A minute later Matthew Rusike showed good strength on the edge of the box to find some space, but his low shot skimmed the wrong side of the post.
In the 28th minute Chiefs took the lead thanks to a well-worked goal that saw Tshabalala cross from the left for Rusike to head into the path of Nkosi who fired home from 14-yards out, 1-0.
Rusike was unlucky not to double his side’s lead in the dying seconds of the half when he dragged a 22-yard shot inches wide of the target.
Chiefs led 1-0 at the break.
The second half saw Chiefs come out the change room a bit relaxed and Township Rollers took full control as they had the lion’s share of possession in the second 45.
Still, for all their possession the side from Botswana really struggled to break down the Amakhosi defence.
The home side’s only real chance of the half came on the hour mark when Louis Jerome met a right wing cross, but his 12-yard header went wide of the goal under no pressure from a defender.
Chiefs kept it tight at the back for the final half hour and kept a clean sheet on the day to move into the next round of the CAF Champions League.
Township Rollers (0) 0
Kaizer Chiefs (1) 1 (Nkosi 28’)
*Kaizer Chiefs progress 3-1 on aggregate
Township Rollers: Masule, Mooketsi, Mathumo, Ncenga, Moswate, Majawa, Ditshupo, Kebaikanye (Sekhana 63’), Boy, Sikele (Ngwenya 63’), Louis.
Kaizer Chiefs: Khuzwayo, Gaxa, Mathoho, Mashamaite, Masilela (Moleko 85’), Masango, Nkosi, Katsande, Tshabalala, Parker, Rusike (Mphela 75’).