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Gaxa: Opened the scoring

Gaxa: Opened the scoring

Kaizer Chiefs exacted their Telkom Knockout revenge on Bidvest Wits as they hammered the Clever Boys 3-0 in the Nedbank Cup last-32 at the Mbombela Stadium on Saturday evening.

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The Students had dumped Amakhosi out of the 2012 Ziwa Mo at the first round, but the Soweto giants were able to pay their rivals back as Siboniso Gaxa, Morgan Gould and Mandla Masango all got on the score-sheet for the visitors to put them through to the last-16.

Both sides looked lively in the opening stages and put together some enterprising passing moves, although it was in the final third where the creativity was lacking as both goalkeepers remained untested after a quarter of the tie.

Chiefs did managed to get the ball in the back of the net after 15 minutes as Kingston Nkhatha swept home Siphiwe Tshabalala's cross, but the linesman's flag eventually went up after the Bafana midfielder had been in an off-side position when he initially received the ball out wide.

Chiefs threatened again after 30 minutes as they broke with real purpose and a nice reverse-pass from Tshabalala played Nkhatha into the area, but the striker seemed to rush his own shot and blazed a really good chance well wide.

Minutes later only the woodwork prevented Ryan Chapman from giving Wits the lead as he just managed to get goal-side of his marker to put his head on a delivery, but with the goalkeeper beaten he could only watch his effort crash off the crossbar before eventually being cleared.

With 35 minutes gone Amakhosi took the lead as Tshabalala played one of the passes of the season to put Gaxa clean through on goal, and although the defender's initial effort was saved by Ryan Harrison, he was somehow able to come out with the ball at his feet for a simple tap-in from a few feet out.

Soon after the restart, the Glamour Boys doubled their advantage, Tshabalala whipping in a vicious corner which Gould ran onto to flick home at the near-post.

Harrison continued to be the busier of the keepers as the half went on, although he was more than equal to the shots that came in, most of them weakly hit or from too far out to truly trouble the shot-stopper.

Chiefs started turning the screw as the half went on and a sweeping counter-attack on 66 minutes finished with the ball being laid-up for Nkhatha inside the area, but he saw his curling effort cannon back off the crossbar before ricocheting clear of the goal.

Bernard Parker almost made an instant impact after coming on as he was played through on goal from the midfield, but the Bafana Bafana striker could only roll his shot wide of the post when he just had the keeper to beat.

With 10 minutes remaining though Chiefs wrapped up the win, Parker clipping a nice ball forward for Nkhatha to fire at goal, and although Harrison was able to save, he could only parry the ball back into the area where Masango jumped highest to head home into an empty net.

Posted: 23/02/13 20:08

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