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Chiefs off to flying start 31/07/04
Kaizer Chiefs got off to a flying start in their Telkom Charity Cup campaign after they beat Black Leopards 2-0 at the FNB Stadium on Saturday morning.

The kick-off was moved from 9h30 to 10h00 on a day sporting sunny weather conditions.

Midfielder John 'Shoes' Moshoeu's gave Chiefs a 1-0 lead at half-time, with Tinashe Nengomasha sealing the victory in the second half to see the Amakhosi through to the final.

Leopards started the match the stronger of the two sides and struck the upright in the fifth minute from a free-kick that had the beating of Chiefs goalkeeper Rowan Fernandez.

Former Chiefs striker Sibusiso Dlamini proved more than a handful to the Chiefs defence and looked impressive throughout the match.

There was scuffle between Moshoeu and Leopards skipper Duncan Lechesa after the Lidoda Duvha midfielder fouled the Chiefs playmaker from behind, resulting in Moshoeu pushing Lechesa and the referee was forced to intervene.

Chiefs imposed themselves as the match went on, with winger Junior Khanye impressing with his runs and accurate crosses from the right.

The Amakhosi's first real chance came after Scara Ngobese latched onto a Khanye cross at the far post, but the striker opted to shoot wide, with Thabo Mooki in more promising position to score.

Dlamini should have put Leopards ahead after 20 minutes when he weaved his way through the Chiefs defence, only to put his shot well wide of goal after beating Fernandez.

Chiefs went ahead in the 36th minute when Moshoeu started a move deep in the Amakhosi half and continued his run to latch onto a brilliant pass by striker Collins Mbesuma, before rounding Leopards goalkeeper Walter Khumalo to stroke the ball into an empty net.

Dlamini was lucky to stay on the pitch following a scuffle with Chiefs David Kannemeyer four minutes before half-time, when he poked the defender in the eye after Kannemeyer deliberately fouled him from behind.

The second half was played at a much slower pace with both sides ringing the changes.

Chiefs substitute David Radebe wasted a glorious opportunity to double their lead when he ran onto a brilliant Moshoeu pass to beat the offside trap, but the striker tried to chip the goalkeeper and the ball curled just wide of the upright.

Radebe had a chance to redeem himself a minute later when he again beat the offside trap, but he shot straight at Leopards' substitute keeper Amon Phophi, who came on after Walter Khumalo was stretchered off with cramp.

Ted Dumitru's men did eventually extend their lead when Tinashe Nengomasha drilled the ball home from the edge of the area following good work by substitute Mbambo, to put the tie beyond doubt.

Chiefs will meet either Orlando Pirates or Mamelodi Sundowns in the final.

 

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