Osaguona brace hands Chiefs heartache

Osaguona brace hands Chiefs heartache
during the 2015 CAF Champions League football match between Kaizer Chiefs and Raja Casablanca at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban , Kwa-Zulu Natal on the 14th of March 2015 ©Sabelo Mngoma/BackpagePix

by Brian Lee

Sunday Apr 05, 2015. 22:14

A brace from Ighodaro Christian Osaguona saw Raja Casablanca dump Kaizer Chiefs out of the CAF Champions League after the Moroccan side beat their South African rivals 2-0 in a second leg match at the Stade Mohamed V on Sunday night.

The result sees Raja Casablanca into the next stage of the CAF Champions League 3-0 on aggregate after winning the first leg 1-0.

The first 45 produced very little in terms of real goalmouth action as both teams defended well.

The hosts saw the majority of the ball early on, but they struggled to break down a resolute Amakhosi defence.

The closest we came to a goal in the opening half was when George Lebese saw his shot form the edge of the box deflected narrowly wide of the Raja Casablanca goal.

The home side did not really threaten the Amakhosi goal – their only attempt came just after the half hour mark when a shot from Vivien Mabide was blocked on the goalline by captain Tefu Mashamaite.

Chief suffered a bit of a set-back a minute before the break when Morgan Gould had to leave the field injured and was replaced by Erick Mathoho.

The half ended 0-0, but saw Raja Casablanca leading 1-0 on aggregate.

Chiefs came out firing in the second half and Lebese should have given them the lead on the night three minutes after the restart when his shot from close range shaved the wrong side of the upright.

The South African team continued to press forward and Mandla Masango came close to scoring in the 66th minute when he met a Matthew Rusike cross, but his header was well-saved by the keeper.

With Chiefs pushing forward they left themselves exposed at the back and Ighodaro Christian Osaguona made the most of a mistake in defence in the 86th minute to slot home from close range, 1-0.

Victory was made certain for Raja Casablanca with their second goal on the night courtesy of Ighodaro Christian Osaguona yet again to seal their place in the next round of the CAF Champions League with a 2-0 win in the second leg.

Raja Casablanca (0) 2 (Ighodaro Christian Osaguona 86’+93’)
Kaizer Chiefs (0) 0
Raja Casablanca progress 3-0 on aggregate

Raja Casablanca: El Allouch, Karouchi, Oulhaj, Belmkadem, Jbira, Kouko, Bamaamer, Salhi, Mabide, Issine (Hafidi 64’), Ighodaro.

Kaizer Chiefs: Khune, Gaxa, Mashamaite, Gould (Mathoho 44’), Masilela (Moleko 45’), Letsholonyane, Katsande, Lebese, Masango (Mthembu 88’), Parker, Rusike.

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