May 3, 2014 – Semifinals23/01/2015
This was another classic cup tie that saw Kaizer Chiefs twice come from behind to force their semifinal with in-form BidVest Wits to extra-time, before losing a penalty shoot-out to end their Nedbank Cup hopes for the year.
Given the brand of football both sides were playing, this was always likely to be an entertaining clash and so it proved as Chiefs matched everything Wits threw at them.
It was also a tale of two penalties, with both sides being awarded spot-kicks in the first half – Sibusiso Vilakazi getting the opener for The Clever Boys, before Chiefs responded through Katlego Mphela.
Former AmaKhosi striker Sthembiso Ngcobo then netted against his former side two minutes after halftime – a sweet moment for him as Wits took control of the tie once more.
Ngcobo has also earlier struck the woodwork.
But Chiefs’ never-say-die attitude saw them keep coming at Wits and it was no surprise when George Maluleka found an equaliser 10 minutes into the second period.
After Itumeleng Khune had brilliant saved as Vilakazi shot, Chiefs almost stole the win when Bernard Parker’s effort came back off the post.
The game went to extra-time and ultimately penalties, with former Orlando Pirates goalkeeper Moeneeb Josephs proving the hero as he made two saves in the shoot-out to send Wits through to the title decider.
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