Kaizer Chiefs kicked off their preseason on a profitable be aware as they efficiently defended their Maize Cup title, beating Free State Stars 6-5 on penalties within the closing on Saturday.
A day after unveiling their new coach Giovanni Solinas, the Glamour Boys went into the one-day competitors nonetheless beneath the mentorship of caretaker Patrick Mabedi, whereas the Italian sat again and noticed his new expenses as they got here up in opposition to his former facet.
Fans lastly caught a glimpse of recent signings, Khama Billiat, Virgil Vries, Kabelo Mahlasela and Letlhogonolo Mirwa within the black and gold, nevertheless it was a person they introduced in through the January window, Leonardo Castro who discovered the again of the online, breaking the impasse within the 29th minute to place his facet forward.
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Harris Tchilimbou – a thorn on Chiefs’ bottom in final season’s Nedbank Cup semifinal – appeared to proceed the place he left off at Moses Mabhida, however his spectacular effort was punched over the bar by Vries, preserving the defending champions within the lead.
However, the previous Baroka shot-stopper’s defences had been lastly breached within the second half by Stars new recruit from Bidvest Wits, Eleazar Rodgers, who transformed a spot kick after Amakhosi had been punished for a tough problem within the 18-yard space.
The match petered out to a tame finish as neither facet might seize the lead, finally going to a shootout the place Chiefs triumphed to as soon as once more raise the trophy.
Earlier, the Glamour Boys managed to breezed previous decrease league outfit Buya Msuthu, due to objectives from Bernard Parker and Yusuf Bunting. The different semifinal needed to be selected penalties, as neither Stars nor Chippa United might discover the again of the online in regulation time, with Ea Lla Koto progressing to the ultimate courtesy of a 3-1 win within the shootout.
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