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Kaizer Chiefs' nightmare in Durban - winners and losers as AmaZulu reach MTN8 final

10:36 GMT+3 24/10/2022
Kaizer Chiefs team October 2022
Usuthu remain on course for their first silverware in 30 years after a 0-0 draw on Sunday saw them through on the away goals rule

It was a miserable weekend for Kaizer Chiefs as they were eliminated by AmaZulu from the MTN8.

The first leg at the FNB Stadium had ended 1-1 and it was that crucial goal from Gabadinho Mhango which ultimately proved to be enough.

AmaZulu will now face Orlando Pirates in the MTN8 final while Chiefs turn their attention back to the league and to the upcoming Carling Cup.

  • George Maluleka AmaZulu

    Winners:

    Amakhosi old boys

    Ex-Kaizer Chiefs pair George Maluleka and Ramalwe Mphahlele both had excellent games on Sunday and would have been thrilled to help the Durban side reach the cup final at the expense of their former team.

    AmaZulu team

    Usuthu have done well to make it through to the final despite winning just one of their last 10 matches in all competitions (the extra-time win over Cape Town City in the previous round). Having drawn both semi-final matches against Chiefs, they advanced on the away goals rule.

  • Bonfils Caleb Bimenyimana & Arthur Zwane, Kaizer Chiefs, September 2022

    Losers:

    Arthur Zwane

    The Chiefs coach has endured a tough start to his tenure and could really have done with a cup final appearance to boost morale, to get the fans on board and to give himself some breathing space. This was a tie his side could have won but now the pressure will continue to mount every time Chiefs fail to win.

    Bonfils- Caleb Bimenyimana

    The big man was rushed back from injury for this game. But he looked off the pace and had to be taken off after hurting himself in the second half.

  • Sifiso Hlanti Kaizer Chiefs Katlego Otladisa Marumo Gallants

    Defence ratings:

    Brandon Petersen - 6/10

    Petersen got off to a shaky start as he gave away possession, but Sphesihle Maduna failed to punish him. He made one save throughout the game and he was not seriously tested after the restart.

    Reeve Frosler - 6/10

    Solid defensively as he contained Frank Mhango. Frosler ensured that Mhango remained silent, but he didn't offer much going forward and this led to his substitution after the restart as Amakhosi pushed for a goal.

    Sifiso Hlanti - 6/10

    Also played well defensively. Hlanti was his usual imperious self in defence - making well-timed tackles and clearances, but his attacking output was a bit limited.

    Zitha Kwinika - 7/10

    Showed why he is Chiefs' first-choice centre-back. Kwinika played his role well, making many last-ditch tackles and interceptions. He was also vocal at the back as he organised the defence and showed his leadership skills.
    Edmilson Dove - 5.5/10

    Bullied by Augustine Chidi Kwem. Dove struggled with Kwem who used his physicality and pace very well, especially in the first half. However, he wasn't seriously tested after the restart as Chiefs were controlling the game.

  • Makhehleni Makhaula AmaZulu Keegan Dolly Kaizer Chiefs

    Midfield ratings:

    Njabulo Blom - 6/10

    Mixed display at the heart of Chiefs' midfield. Blom was outsmarted by George Maluleka in their midfield battle in the first-half, but he improved after the restart and he was substituted towards the end of the game.

    Yusuf Maart - 5.5/10

    Struggled to stamp his authority in midfield. Maart misplaced his passes at times with Man of the Match Maluleka running the show in the middle of the park. He is struggling to regain the form he displayed at the start of this season.

    Keagan Dolly - 5/10

    Neutralised by Makhehlene Makhaula. Dolly started well firing Chiefs' first shot at goal which went wide, but he was then marked tightly by Makhaula who even injured the Amakhosi vice-captain with a dangerous challenge.

  • Kgaogelo Sekgota Kaizer Chiefs.

    Forward ratings:

    Kgaogelo Sekgota - 5/10

    Poor performance. Probably identified as the main threat by AmaZulu, Sekgota was neutralized by the Usuthu defence throughout the game. He was never a threat to the hosts' backline as Chiefs failed to register a shot on target.

    Ashley du Preez - 5.5/10

    Started well. Du Preez was full of running in the opening stages - pressing AmaZulu defenders, but his influence waned after the restart and he was substituted.

    Bonfils-Caleb Bimenyimana - 5/10

    Failed to make an impact. Bimenyimana's positioning in the box and first touch were poor when Chiefs were attacking and he had to be substituted due to an injury just after the hour-mark.

  • Khama Billiat, Kaizer Chiefs, October 2022

    Subs ratings:

    Khama Billiat - 5/10

    Came on in the 62th minute and he had a few touches in AmaZulu's half without really unsettling the hosts' backline .

    Nkosingiphile Ngcobo - 5/10

    Couldn't make an impact having been introduced in the 71st minute as most of his forward passes were intercepted.

    Lehlogonolo Matlou - N/A

    Introduced in the 85th minute and he did not do enough to warrant a rating.

    Dillon Solomons - N/A

    Came on at the same time as Matlou.