Saturday Feb 08, 2020. 20:58
Kaizer Chiefs edged a struggling Royal Eagles side 1-0 to book their place in the last 16 of the Nedbank Cup at FNB Stadium in Soweto on Saturday evening.
The Amakhosi were made to work hard on a rainy day in Gauteng with the inclement weather conditions having caused havoc across the province.
The Absa Premiership leaders welcomed Itumeleng Khune back to the starting eleven with the shot-stopper taking over the captain’s armband upon his return, while Khama Billiat was named among the substitutes.
The hosts needed a moment of brilliance to break the deadlock against a side bottom of the GladAfrica Championship standings and those in attendance witnessed a goal to remember, as Lebogang Manyama emerged the hero once more.
The forward took the ball past an Eagles defender with a neat touch before lobbing the onrushing Edward Maova to send the Chiefs fans into absolute delirium and the Glamour Boys into the next round.
Kaizer Chiefs (0) 1 (Manyama 70′)
Royal Eagles (0) 0
Kaizer Chiefs: Khune; Ntiya-Ntiya, Cardoso, Mathoho, Frosler, Katsande, Maluleka (Akumu 86′), Baccus (Billiat 46′), Manyama, Nurkovic, Castro (Parker 46′).
Royal Eagles: Maova; Kalake, Klaas, Tema, Mashau, Msomi (Matima 71′), Ntsundwana, Mduli, Seanego (Mongae 81′), Hlongwa (Natswane 64′), Maruping.