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Katsande, Billiat end Chiefs's trophy woes

by Daniel Itai at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg
13 Oct 2019 at 18:40hrs | Views
Zimbabwean-cum-Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Willard Katsande today made history by becoming the first captain in four years to lead Chiefs into bagging a trophy as a result of a 4 - 2 victory over Mamelodi Sundowns in the Shell Helix Ultra Cup.

Goals came from as early as the eighth minute through Columbian forward Leonardo Castro, who netted in the opener courtesy of Khama Billiat's rebound which had initially struck the woodwork.

Lyle Lakay should have levelled the matters in the 26th minute had it not for Daniel Akpeyi who punched the shot away.

However, Castro made it two in the 30th minute courtesy of yet another rebound from Billiat which had initially been saved by Reyaad Pieterse Sundowns's keeper.

The Colombian international was on fire as he headed in his hat-tick in the 47th minute courtesy of a corner kick from Billiat.

The Zimbabwean forward finally got onto the score sheet seconds later from the third goal through an acrobatic half-volley courtesy of Castro, bringing the goal tally to 4 - 0 which also saw the end of the first half.

The second half saw a different style of play from Sundowns which ultimately resulted in José Alí Meza opening up for the Pretoria giants in the 60th minute.

With a few minutes to play left before the end of the match, Chiefs's defender Kgotso Moleko, made a costly mistake as he brought down Lakay in the box which saw Sundowns being awarded a penalty.

Sundowns's Gaston Sirino made no mistakes in landing the ball at the back of the net but it was a little too late to perhaps change the narrative which saw Sundowns succumbing to a 4 - 2 loss.

"We have been chasing to get a trophy for some seasons since 2014 now. We hope that we continue with this momentum because it will only take this momentum to lead us into winning trophies," said Chiefs's keeper Daniel Akpeyi.

Katsande reiterated in the same manner, "this cup is the perfect way for us to keep in match shape, we have been doing well recently and we don't want to lose our momentum."

Source - Daniel Itai at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg

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