Chiefs sink Tuks to book MTN8 semis spot

Kaizer Chiefs got their revenge over the University of Pretoria thanks to a 3-0 win in a MTN8 quarterfinal clash played at the FNB stadium on Saturday evening.

Centre back pairing Tefu Mashamaite and Eric Mathoho grabbed a goal apiece before Siphiwe Tshabalala rapped things up 20 minutes before the final whistle.

The University of Pretoria were fast out of the blocks, with only a superb block from Tefu Mashamaite in the second minute denying Obadiah Tarumbwa a certain goal.

Charly Moussono-Moussono broke down the left before playing the ball into the area, Tarumbwa looked destined to meet the cross and find the back of the net, but the Glamour Boys centre-back denied the Zimbabwean.

Mashamaite then got on the score sheet three minutes later. Siphiwe Tshabalala’s corner-kick was flicked on by Bernard Parker and brilliantly cleared off the line from Moussono, but Mashamaite was well positioned and thundered the ball into the back of the net from the rebound.

The Glamour boys kept the ball well, camping at times inside the University side’s half. The Soweto giants, though, failed to convert possession into goals and nearly paid the price in the 29th minute when Mpho Maruping’s header went just wide of Itumeleng Khune’s left hand upright following good work from Thabo Mosadi.

Knowledge Musona went close from range just before the break, but his powerful effort only managed to rattle the side-netting.

Chiefs went into the break a goal to the good, thanks to some killer instinct from centre back Tefu Mashamaite.

Ayanda Lubelo had an opportunity to square things up on the hour mark. Lubelo flung himself at a Mosadi cross, but failed to make contact at point black range, to the relief of Mzansi’s No 1 Itumeleng Khune.

Eric Mathoho doubled the Glamour Boys’ lead in the 64th minute of the encounter. The centre back rose highest before nodding in Tshabalala’s corner-kick.

Tshbalala then grabbed one himself six minutes later. The Bafana Bafana midfielder played a neat one-two with Bernard Parker before slotting the ball past a helpless Washington Arubi to seal matters on the night.

The Amakhosi join Bidvest Wits and Platinum Stars in the semifinals. The Clever Boys and Dikwena also put three past Bloemfontein Celtic and Free State Stars respectably.

Kaizer Chiefs (1) 3 (Mashamaite 5’, Mathoho 64’, Tshabalala 70’)
University of Pretoria 0

Chiefs: Khune, Gaxa, Mathoho, Mashamaite, Masilela, Lebese (Gould 78’), Letsholonyane, Katsande, Tshabalala, Parker (Masango 88’), Musona (Majoro 83’)

Tuks: Arubi, Kekana, Mkhwanazi, Shoyisa, Moussono-Moussono, Maruping, Selolwane (Sibande 75’), Matsi, Lubelo (Mathosi 60’), Tarumbwa (Fikru 75’), Mosadi