Chiefs ease into Telkom Knockout semis

Kaizer Chiefs eased into the 2015 Telkom Knockout Cup semifinals after beating Mpumalanga Black Aces 2-1 at the Mbombela Stadium on Saturday night.

Erick Mathoho and Camaldine Abraw netted in the first-half to hand Chiefs a 2-0 lead at halftime. However, by the time Sibusiso Masina pulled one back in the second-half it was too little to late.

Amakhosi wasted little time in the taking the lead as Camaldine Abraw got on the scoresheet just three minutes into the game.

The Togolese striker found some space on the edge of the Aces box, and unleashed a powerful left-footed effort which beat goalkeeper Jackson Mabokgwane hands down.

Aces were unfortunate not to equalise in the 15th minute when Lebogang Manyama set up his Aces teammate Collins Mbesuma inside the Chiefs box, and the Zambian striker struck the woodwork with a thunderous effort.

At the other end, Amakhosi pushed forward and forced a corner-kick in the 23rd minute. Bafana Bafana international Erick Mathoho head home Tshabalala's well-taken corner-kick to double Chiefs' lead on the night.

Former Chiefs coach Mushin Ertugral made a tactical change on the half-hour mark. The Aces gaffer introduced Bhongolethu Jayiya for Lebogang Manyama.

It was end-to-end stuff, and in the 35th minute, Mbesuma set-up his teammate Amazayoni teammate Mpho Matsi, who then volleyed the ball just over the cross-bar from the edge of the Amakhosi box.

The first booking of the game went to former Mamelodi Sundowns striker Mbesuma, who was shown a yellow card for dissent

Eleven minutes into the second-half, Amakhosi full-back Siboniso Gaxa pushed forward, fired over from 12-yards out with only Aces keeper Mabokgwane to beat.

The away side continued to pile pressure onto the Amazayoni defence. Mathoho did well to pick out Abraw inside the Aces box, and the striker's first-time attempt went wide of the target in the 67th minute.

Aces never lost hope. In the 78th minute they launched quick attack from the left-hand side, and Amazayoni substitute Sibusiso Masina scored from close range.

The goal proved to be a consolation goal as Chiefs held onto their lead, and the match ended 2-1 in their favour. Chiefs join Orlando Pirates in the 2015 Telkom Knockout Cup semifinals.

Black Aces (Masina)

Chiefs (Abraw, Mathoho)

TEAMS

Aces: Mabokgwane, Mzava, Hendricks, Ngalo, Nonyane, Tukane, Khuboni, Matsi (Nodada 78th minute), Moseamedi (Masina 60th minute), Manyama (Jayiya 29th minute), Mbesuma

Chiefs: Khune, Gaxa, Mathoho, Bukenya, Masilela, Lebese (Maluleka 85th minute), Baloyi, Letsholonyane, Tshabalala, Abraw (Mthembu 69th minute), Manqele (Parker 73rd minute)