By Wellington Toni
WARRIORS midfielder Willard Katsande’s Kaizer Chiefs survived ouster
from the Caf Confederation Cup preliminary round after they lost 2-1
to Zimamoto of Zanzibar in the second leg on Tuesday.
They progressed to the first round proper 5-2 on aggregate having won
the first leg 4-0 last week in Port Elizabeth-a win that was inspired
by Zimbabwean international Khama Billiat’s hattrick.
Fellow Warriors defender Teenage Hadebe played the entire match for Chiefs.
But without the brilliant Khama on Tuesday night, and coming from a
2-1 Absa Premiership defeat at the hands of Golden Arrows, Chiefs
struggled for fluency and the loss, despite progression, will heap
further pressure on coach Giovanni Solinas.
The Soweto giants made some changes to their team following their 2-1
defeat to Golden Arrows over the weekend, bringing in the likes of
Virgil Vries, Siphosakhe Ntiya-Ntiya, Hendrik Ekstein, Siphelele
Ntshangase and Ryan Moon, who made his mark in the victory which sends
them into the first round of the competition.
After conceding two penalties in that defeat to Arrows, Amakhosi gave
away another penalty and found themselves a goal down before
half-time. The spot-kick was converted by Yussuf Ramadhan Mtuba, as
the hosts gave themselves some hope of a comeback.
It, however, did not take long in the second half before Amakhosi were
on level terms. Lebogang Manyama bagged his first official goal for
Chiefs five minutes into the second stanza after he was set up by the
experienced Bernard Parker.
In the final 20 minutes of the game, Chiefs gave away another penalty
and it was converted by Mtuba.