Chiefs scrape through with own goal
Brave Tornado make Amakhosi battle into the second round of the Nedbank Cup
An own goal ended brave resistance from third-tier Tornado FC and handed Kaizer Chiefs a narrow 1-0 win in the first round of the Nedbank Cup at the Sisa Dukashe Stadium in Mdantsane on Sunday.
But Chiefs had to go into extra time to ensure they did not join Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates as early victims in the 2019 competition.
Tornado defender Abongile Twani put the ball into his own net and will be haunted by the misfortune.
But the ABC Motsepe side from the Eastern Cape will feel more the injustice of not having a penalty with nine minutes left in a poor decision from veteran referee Philip Tiyani after Kgotso Moleko had tripped Siyoko Kefuwe.
It was not awarded and denied the amateurs the chance to go to the dramatic conclusion of a penalty shootout.
The game got under way about 25 minutes later than scheduled as the scanners at the gate broke down and officials delayed the start because of security concerns, with thousands still stuck outside at the scheduled 3pm kick-off time.
The majority were Chiefs fans hoping for a rare glimpse of their heroes in a soccer-starved area but there was little for them to enthuse over.
Chiefs dominated possession but their build-up was far from slick and their shooting poor, notably Siphelele Ntshangase, who hacked at the ball like a virgin golfer.
It was Tornado who engineered the first real effort on goal through Kefuwe, once a fringe player at Free State, whose 22nd-minute header from a free kick not only exposed a static Chiefs defence but also forced a diving save out of Virgil Vries.
Leonardo Castro headed against the Tornado cross bar on the half-hour mark but the first half ended goalless, much to the credit of the home side.
That confidence grew in the second half and although Tornado rarely troubled Vries, they were stout in defence and held their lines superbly to keep the Chiefs attack at bay.
A frustrated Ernst Middendorp threw on Bongalethu Jayiya, Gustavo Paez and Dumisani Zuma in an effort to add zip to an attack already with Castro and Bernard Parker leading the line but still the opportunities were few and far between.
A creative midfielder with the playmaking ability to penetrate opposing defences must surely be top of Chiefs’ shopping list for the next season.
The second half was short of chances but it was three minutes into extra time that the deadlock was finally broken.
Pule Eksteen found Castro on the left and as the Colombian looked to set up Paez, Twani made a desperate effort to intercept only to see the ball fly over his keeper and into his own net.