Chiefs suffer Nedbank Cup heartbreak

Chiefs suffer Nedbank Cup heartbreak
Highlands Park celebrates after winning on penalties during the 2020 Nedbank Cup Last 16 match between Highlands Park and Kaizer Chiefs on 22 February 2020 at Makhulong Stadium, Tembisa Pic Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix

by Bertin Basson

Saturday Feb 22, 2020. 19:00

Kaizer Chiefs hopes of ending their trophy drought this season took another blow as they were knocked out of the Nedbank Cup at a rain drenched Makhulong Stadium in Tembisa on Saturday afternoon.

The Amakhosi were the inferior team for most of the clash against Absa Premiership rivals Highlands Park and ultimately succumbed to a 5-4 loss on penalties.

The match ended 1-1 after extra-time with Peter Shalulile’s opener cancelled out by a Sello Motsepe own goal.

Following a goalless 30 minutes of extra-time, the game would be decided by means of a penalty shoot-out. Musa Nyatama scored the decisive penalty after Khama Billiat hit the woodwork as Chiefs duly crashed out of the competition.

Elsewhere, TS Sporting beat African Wanderers 4-3 in a thrilling match in KwaMashu.

The ABC Motsepe League side from Margate showed superb fighting spirit to come from two goals down and again from a goal down in extra-time, despite being reduced to 10-men. In the end, though, Mxolisi Mazibuko’s heroics proved in vain as a late brace from Kamohelo Sithole sent Sporting through to the last eight.

Real Kings also booked their quarterfinal ticket with a 2-1 win over Mbombela United. Diego Brown scored a stoppage-time winner for the visitors at Kanyamazane Stadium.

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