South Africa Nedbank Cup: Kaizer Chiefs suffer shock exit after defeat to Milford FC

Kaizer Chiefs spurned a catalogue of chances over 120 minutes of goalless football before losing 5-4 in a penalty shootout to Milford FC in their Nedbank Cup last 32 tie at FNB Stadium in Nasrec on Sunday.

Milford goalkeeper, Siphamandla Hleza capped a man-of-the-match performance by scoring the winning penalty, having pulled of numerous crucial saves during the game, including saving a Ranga Chivaviro spot-kick in extra time. Edson Castillo was the unfortunate player to miss during the shootout.

After a few minutes of feeling each other out a flurry of chances fell to Chiefs within a couple of minutes. Christian Saile burst down the right in the 5th minute and squared the ball to Ashley Du Preez who somehow contrived to hit the crossbar from three yards out with the open goal gaping.

Milford had another let-off a minute later when Nkosingiphile Ngcobo let fly from 20 yards only for the ball to miss the post by inches. Less than 60 seconds later, Happy Mashiane broke down the left flank. His cut-back found Mduduzi Shabalala whose miskick fell into the path of Castillo, but the Venezuelan midfielder’s shot was cleared off the line by Milford defender Vusumuzi Mthabela.

After both teams scored their opening penalties, Castillo skied his kick over the crossbar with Amakhosi’s second effort. Milford substitute Bulelani Sigomoshe then stepped up to see his penalty saved by Bruce Bvuma.

However, the referee ordered a retake, having judged the Chiefs goalkeeper to have been off his line too early. Sigomoshe did not waste his second chance and despatched his kick into the net.


Dennis Mabuka

Dennis Mabuka is a seasoned Kenyan journalist with 18 years of experience covering sports events. He is currently a sport content creator with en.Africatopsports.com.

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