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Chiefs flip the script on hapless City

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Chiefs played like a team possessed as they looked to make up for the last three seasons they spent without a trophy.

CONDUCTOR: Hendrick Ekstein of Kaizer Chiefs played a blinder in yesterdays Nedbank Cup quarter-final against Cape Town City at a packed Mbombela Stadium. Picture: Muzi Ntombela BackpagePix

Nedbank Cup Quarter-Final

Kaizer Chiefs (1) 2

Ekstein 29, Zuma 54

Cape Town City 0

THE deafening noise that filled Mbombela Stadium and Kaizer Chiefs’ dominant display against their biggest challenge in the Nedbank Cup this year, Cape Town City, has all those who worship at the altar of Amakhosi believing that their years of drought will finally be over in May.

Chiefs out-thought and outplayed the plucky Capetonians who have grown accustomed to spoiling the party for the big boys in South African football. But Chiefs weren’t having any of that yesterday. They brushed aside City to book a place in the semi-finals of the Nedbank Cup where they will face Chippa United in Port Elizabeth.

In the other semi-final Golden Arrows will take on TS Galaxy.

Having needed two hours of football to beat ABC Motsepe League sides, Tornado in the last 32 and The Magic FC in the last 16, Chiefs were bracing themselves for a baptism of fire against City who recently stole three points from them at FNB Stadium in the league. But it was City who were under the cosh from the outset and throughout this match.

Chiefs played like a team possessed as they looked to make up for the last three seasons they spent without a trophy.

Those three seasons felt like three decades for their spoilt fans who are used to celebrating at least one trophy a season for the most successful club in the country’s history. Those fans, however, should keep the champagne on ice as Amakhosi reached the last four of the Nedbank Cup last year only to lose to eventual champions Free State Stars.

If Chiefs fight like they did yesterday, they can definitely bring back the glory days in Naturena, or at the very least contest the Nedbank Cup final in May.

Chiefs conductor, Hendrick Ekstein – who entertains and frustrates in equal measure – was on song for Amakhosi. The talented but erratic playmaker was buzzing, leading the Glamour Boys’ onslaught against the off-key Capetonians.

The sweet music Ekstein produced delighted the sold-out crowd.

Ekstein gave them something to celebrate just before the half-hour mark. He should have completed his brace moments after, but his effort went narrowly wide.

City tend to start slow, almost sheepish-like in their display in the first half. Benni McCarthy then breathes fire into them at half-time.

But Chiefs flipped the script on City. Ernst Middendorp’s tactical acumen doused their flame. Dumisani Zuma completely put the fire out with his goal just before the hour mark, and the Citizens, who didn’t show up here yesterday, were truly dead and buried as Chiefs waltzed into the last four.