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Stellenbosch FC 0-3 Kaizer Chiefs: Paez stars as Amakhosi cruise into Nedbank Cup Last 16 logo 11-03-2017

For Stellenbosch FC players, this won’t be considered a humiliation after holding their own against a star-studded Kaizer Chiefs side in the Last 32 of the Nedbank Cup.

The Cape Town-based side should be proud of themselves, especially after frustrating their Soweto opponents to go into the half-time break goalless.

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Stellenbosch FC were clear underdogs heading into this encounter, but they were able to keep Amakhosi at bay for 48 minutes.

While Steve Komphela would have been frustrated going into the interval without scoring a single goal, his counterpart, Sammy Troughton was certainly hoping for more of the same performance from his charges in the second half.

Chiefs missed a few good chances in the opening 45 minutes, but they turned the tables soon after the restart when Gustavo Paez set up Joseph Molangoane, who broke the deadlock with an easy header from inside the small box.

Komphela’s half-time talk must have been a real tongue lashing for the players, who perhaps thought Stellenbosch were going to be a walk in the park before the kick-off.

The Glamour Boys doubled their lead 10 minutes later, and this time it was Siphiwe Tshabalalala, who fired past Washington Arubi with a powerful strike from the edge of the box.

Stellenbosch should have done better in clearing their lines leading up to that goal.

It was Shabba’s 50th Amakhosi goal in all official competitions as he continues to celebrate 10 years at the Naturena-based club.

The goal also demoralized Stellenbosch, who were still playing with determination and intensity at 1-0.

The National First Division (NFD) side would point to the quality and experience of the opposition for their early exit in the competition.

Paez’s biggest moment arrived in the 82nd minute when he timed his run well to beat an offside trap, before connecting with George Lebese’s well-weighted pass behind the Stellenbosch defense. The Venezuelan forward rounded Arubi, before rolling the ball into an empty net to make it 3-0 to Amakhosi.

Chiefs made a few defensive mistakes in the closing stages of the game, but they got away with them as Stellenbosch hardly had enough numbers in the final third.

Goalkeeper Brilliant Khuzwayo made a some brilliant saves in the closing stages of the game to deny the Cape Town outfit.

The win saw Chiefs extend their unbeaten run to eight matches in all competitions, and it would come as a confidence booster going into next week’s league encounter against PSL strugglers Baroka FC.

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