18 October 2020 16:31
Kaizer Chiefs gave Gavin Hunt a winning start after rallying from behind to secure a 2-1 win over Maritzburg United in the MTN8 quarter-finals on Sunday afternoon. Samir Nurkovic's unavailability opened the door for Lazarous Kambole, and Eric Mathoho's injury meant a return for Ramahlwe Mphahlele in Gavin Hunt's first match in charge of Chiefs. Maritzburg started more buoyant than the Soweto giants with balls into advancing areas for Thabiso Kutumela and Judas Moseamedi in particular having the opposing defence in two minds. Chiefs were caught napping on 35 minutes when possession turnover high up the pitch released Kutumela who beat the offside trap for a cool finish past Khune. Yagan Sasman was close to bringing the Amakhosi level within a minute after launching a left-footed shot from a tight angle, but Maritzburg goalkeeper Bongani Mpandle parried the effort.
The Team Choice were presented in on goal again two minutes to halftime as Bongokuhle Hlongwane rattled the underside of the crossbar off a thumping strike. Chiefs were inches away from drawing level seconds from the break when Bernard Parker volleyed against the foot of the post following a left-footed shot on the turn before the veteran forward once again failed to profit with a blazing strike over the goal of Mpandle minutes later. Maritzburg were once again spared by the woodwork on 67 minutes following a low shot from the edge of the area by Blom. The Amakhosi levelled matters five minutes later when Sasman got on the end of a corner-kick from the left-side of the field to find the bottom-corner. Chiefs leaned towards a third as the match began to wind down with Billiat going level with Mpandle, who parried the Zimbabwean to leave the hosts to victory and a semi-final spot.
Maritzburg United: Mpandle, Sanoka, Allie, Kutumela, De Reuck, Mbourou, Buchanan, Claasen, Morgan, Moseamedi, Hlongwane. Subs: Barr, Ismail, Hlubi, Shandu, Modise, Bhengu. Teams: Kaizer Chiefs v Maritzburg United Gavin Hunt will begin his tenure as Kaizer Chiefs coach with an MTN8 quarter-final encounter against Maritzburg United at FNB Stadium on Sunday. Hunt replaced Ernst Middendorp, who left the club at the end of last season after Chiefs let the title slip from their grasp on the final day of the season. Maritzburg are still searching for their first major trophy, having lost to Mamelodi Sundowns in this year's Telkom Knockout final.
The last time the sides met, the Team of Choice prevailed 2-1 thanks to a brace from Daylon Claasen in the space of two minutes before Nurkovic pulled a consolation goal back for the Amakhosi. Chiefs: Khune, Frosler, Cardoso, Mphahlele, Sasman, Baccus, Agay, Ngcobo, Billiat, Kambole, Parker. Maritzburg: Mpandle, Sanoka, Allie, Kutumela, De Reuck, Bongo Mbourou, Buchanan, Claasen, Morgan, Hlongwane, Moseamedi. Subs: Barr, Ismail, Hlubi, Shanud, Modise, Bhengu Kaizer Chiefs vs Maritzburg United: Kick off, TV channel, live score, squad news and preview Amakhosi, who have won a record 15 MTN8 titles, will have to find a way to overcome the Team of Choice without some of their key players will meet in a 2020 MTN8 quarter-final match at the FNB Stadium on Sunday. The Soweto giants are starting a new era under Gavin Hunt, who has been entrusted with ending the club's five-year trophy drought. The 2016 MTN8 title-winning coach will be targeting a winning start against a Maritzburg side which is undefeated in their last three competitive games against Chiefs. The Team of Choice came close to winning their maiden major trophy last season when they were narrowly defeated by in the Telkom Knockout final under Eric Tinkler. Tinkler, who guided SuperSport United to a MTN8 triumph in 2017, will be confident of masterminding his third win over Chiefs since the start of the 2019/20 campaign. Game Kaizer Chiefs vs Maritzburg United Date Sunday, October 18 Time 15:00 SA Time The Soweto giants' squad depth will be tested as Hunt has also confirmed that forwards Samir Nurkovic and Leonardo Castro will also be missing as they are currently out nursing injuries Meanwhile, Maritzburg will also have to find a way to defeat Chiefs without their hardworking defender Kwanda Mngonyama, who is suspended. Tinkler has confirmed that the club has agreed to sell Richard Ofori to, but the deal is yet to be concluded and it remains to be seen whether the Ghanaian goalkeeper will start against Chiefs. The Team of Choice will pin their hopes of securing a win over Chiefs on Judas Moseamedi, with the centre forward having netted three times against the Soweto giants last season. Chiefs have a poor home record of late, having won just one of their last six home matches across all competitions. However, Amakhosi are undefeated in their last two competitive games which ended in a win and a draw. While Maritzburg are enduring a four-match winless run on the road across all competitions having recorded three defeats and one draw as the visitors. The Team of Choice are also winless in their last six competitive games, having registered three draws and three defeats. In head-to-head stats since 2005, Chiefs and Maritzburg have met 33 times across all competitions. Amakhosi have the upper hand having secured 16 wins compared to the Team of Choice's seven, while 10 matches ended in draws. A new chapter commences for Kaizer Chiefs this afternoon and club boss Kaizer Motaung hopes it will herald an era that will deliver that which the club has been deprived of in the past five years — trophies. The landscape is littered with landmines for coach Gavin Hunt ahead of the MTN8 quarterfinal clash against Maritzburg United at the FNB Stadium this afternoon. They booted Amakhosi out of the now defunct Telkom Knockout last four in the season past...