KAIZER chiefs will head to the second leg of the MTN8 semi-finals with their tails up after thumping Platinum Stars at home, by 2-0 thanks to George Maluleka’s brace. Dikwena started off very positively as they were attacking the Glamour Boys from all fronts but they couldn’t beat the always- on-form Itumeleng Khune.
Allan Freese’s men showed from the onset that they wanted to thrash Amakhosi. As early as five minutes into the game Platinum Stars were already knocking on the door endlessly but Itumeleng Khune and his solid defence denied Dikwena any chance to get a goal. The Malawian Platinum Stars midfielder Robert Ngambi had a clear cut scoring chance in the 21st minute but was denied by the woodwork.
Countless goal scoring opportunities fell on Dikwena in the first half but they couldn’t convert them. Amakhosi used the half-time to re-strategise their plan which helped them to get a goal in the 50th minute by George Maluleka through a corner-kick from the on-form Mandla Masango.
The second half belonged to Stuart Baxter’s men as in the 74th minute the legendary Reneilwe Letsholonyane was one-on-one with the Platinum Stars goalkeeper Siyabonga Mpontshane but failed to get the better of him.
George Maluleka sealed his brace when he netted a brilliant free-kick in the 89th minute, which left Siyabonga Mpontshane scratching his head in disbelief. In the other semi-finals of the MTN8, Orlando Pirates will on Sunday travel to Bidvest Stadium to lock horns with Wits University at 3pm.