Ahead of their African Safari match scheduled for the 14th of February next year at Babourfields Stadium, the Pretoria based side, Mamelodi Sundowns, send some warning shorts to 2015 ZPSL champions, Chicken Inn FC, by hammering Kaizer Chiefs by a trio of goals in the Telkom Knockout Challenge Cup played at Moses Mabhida stadium, before Chiefs pulled one back for consolation, GDN reports.
The Brazilians made the perfect start as they opened the scoring only four minutes into the clash after Tebogo Langerman attacked down the left and unleashed a cross for Zimbabwean international, Khama Billiat, at the far post where he made no mistake but volleyed it past Leonardo Castro, in goals for Chiefs, putting the Masandawana on the driving seat.
Pitso Mosimane’s charges looked the more composed of the two sides especially after scoring, as they enjoyed a lion’s share of ball possession, with their build-up play beieng on point, while Chiefs seemed to have pressed the panic button as they were more defensive.
Chiefs had a few chances with the likes of Pule Ekstein sending a shot well wide, while Siphiwe Tshabalala squandered a free kick opportunity from a great position where it was easier to score tham to miss, but the veteran chose the later.
The game became scrappy as the half wore on as neither side were able to create another clear-cut chance before the break, with the ball swinging equally from end to end.
‘Downs doubled the lead in the 51st minute when substitute Teko Modise curled in a corner kick that found Thabo Nthethe who outmuscled Siboniso Gaxa to head home exceptionally sending the Brazilian’s fans on their toes in applause of a job well done.
Chiefs had a great chance to pull one back immediately when George Lebese was put through but he missed wide from close range, with only the keeper to beat.
On the hour mark Amakhosi were rewarded a penalty when Bernard Parker went down in the box and referee pointed to the spot, however, Onyango kept Tshabalala’s spot-kick out with a terrific breath taking save.
Chiefs won another penalty in the 73rd minute when Nthethe slid in for a tackle in the box and accidentally touched the ball with his arm. However, incredibly Onyango went airborne to deny Camaldine Abraw’s spot effort.
Masandawana staged a five-star performance in the 83rd minute when Themba Zwane cheekily backheeled to set up the shot for Hlompo Kekana who smashed home the ball making it 3-0, a scoreline that proved to be beyond the reach of the Naturena based side.
Abraw netted a consolation goal for Chiefs in stoppage time, but the damage had already been done and did only a little on the scoreboard.
Mamelodi Sundowns will face Chicken in on the 14th of February, with the return leg slated for Pretoria after a fortnight.
However, Masandawana gaffer, Pitso Mosimane, is not taking anything away from Antipas’ side.
“We certainly don’t take Chicken Inn lightly because they are a very good side and only last week, they played in another [Zimbabwe] cup semifinal,” said Pitso.
“They are also the side for which Kuda Mahachi played for, and we are quite familiar with the territory. In addition, we have played pre-season matches in Zimbabwe during our pre-season camps,” he added.
Chicken Inn are still licking their fresh wounds after succumbing to a one nil defeat to cross town rivals, Highlanders, in a derby final of the Easycall Cup played over the weekend.
With the Zimbabwean Warriors already in camp ahead of the CAF games (Rwanda 2016), Chicken Inn has at least 4 players on national duty and will return home after 7 February when the tournament’s curtain comes down.