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Kaizer Chiefs’ tale of semifinal woe

Kaizer Chiefs players look dejected after a Soweto derby Absa Premiership defeat against arch rivals Orlando Pirates at FNB Stadium in Soweto on October 27 2019.
Kaizer Chiefs players look dejected after a Soweto derby Absa Premiership defeat against arch rivals Orlando Pirates at FNB Stadium in Soweto on October 27 2019.
Image: Sydney Seshibedi/Gallo Images

Kaizer Chiefs travel to Port Elizabeth’s Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium to face Chippa United in their Nedbank Cup semifinal on Saturday night (kickoff 8.15pm)‚ but do so against the backdrop of a dismal recent record in last-four clashes.

Since Chiefs last lifted a trophy‚ claiming the league title at the end of the 2014-15 season‚ they have reached six semifinals … and won just two of them‚ and just one of those outright.

Penalty shootouts mean they have advanced to two finals in that time‚ but in most cases stumbled at the semifinal stage as they battle to exert their knockout dominance of years gone by.

Saturday night will be a fourth semi appearance in a row in domestic cup competitions for Chiefs‚ including all three this season‚ but they have yet to push on to make a final in that time.

TimesLIVE looks back at Amakhosi’s tale of‚ mostly‚ woe in semifinal games over the last four years.

August 16‚ 2015

MTN8 semifinal‚ first leg

Bloemfontein Celtic 1 (Pelembe 34’)

Kaizer Chiefs 1 (Parker 64’)

Hector Pelembe’s stunner put Celtic in front and they might have added to that advantage before Chiefs leveled through Bernard Parker.

A draw was probably the fair result in the end.

August 29‚ 2015

MTN8 semifinal‚ second leg

Kaizer Chiefs 1 (Lebese 41’)

Bloemfontein Celtic 0

Chiefs finished the job in the home leg as George Lebese scored towards the end of the first half.

They were just about the better side over the two legs‚ but would go on to lose to Ajax Cape Town in the final in Port Elizabeth.

November 7‚ 2016

Telkom Knockout semifinal

Kaizer Chiefs 0

Orlando Pirates 0

Chiefs won 6-5 on penalties

A tense 120 minutes ended with Chiefs claiming the penalty shootout to give coach Steve Komphela his second final in charge of the side – which would end in another defeat‚ this time to Mamelodi Sundowns.

November 18‚ 2017

Telkom Knockout semifinal

Bidvest Wits 1 (Keene 28’)

Kaizer Chiefs 0

James Keene grabbed the only goal in this contest in which Chiefs were the better team on the day‚ but came up against a resolute Wits defence‚ who had far too much ‘street smarts’ for them.

April 21‚ 2018

Nedbank Cup semifinal

Kaizer Chiefs 0

Free State Stars 2 (Tchilimbou 1’‚ 34’)

The match that would spell the premature end to Komphela’s stay at Naturena as fans at Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium rioted after the whistle.

Stars were always the better side in this contest.

August 26‚ 2018

MTN8 semifinal‚ first leg

SuperSport United 2 (Grobler 24’‚ 38’)

Kaizer Chiefs 2 (Billiat 20’‚ Castro 46’)

Chiefs grabbed the lead through Khama Billiat but the game was turned on its head by a first-half brace from their nemesis Bradley Grobler.

Leonardo Castro scored early in the second half to see the game finish all square.

September 1‚ 2018

MTN8 semifinal‚ second leg

Kaizer Chiefs 0

SuperSport United 1 (Grobler 57’)

Grobler proved the undoing of Chiefs again with the winning goal after being set up by former Amakhosi star Yeye Letsholonyane.

SuperSport were full value for their win over the two legs.

November 24‚ 2018

Telkom Knockout semifinal

Kaizer Chiefs 1 (Castro 18’)

Orlando Pirates 2 (Lorch 13’‚ Shonga 84’)

Orlando Pirates have been dominant over Chiefs in recent seasons and this showed again in the semifinals of the Telkom Knockout in this season.

Thembinkosi Lorch had Bucs in front‚ before Leonardo Castro provided some respite for Chiefs.

Pirates always looked the most likely to grab the winner‚ though‚ and Justin Shonga popped up with the decisive goal.

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