Relegated Cape Town Spurs deny Kaizer Chiefs a top-eight spot

Relegated Cape Town Spurs deny Kaizer Chiefs a top-eight spot

Cape Town Spurs defeated Kaizer Chiefs 2-0 to condemn the Soweto Giants to a tenth-place finish on the DStv Premiership table and deny them a top-eight spot.

Both teams headed into this fixture on the back of disappointing fixtures, which saw Cape Town Spurs get officially and Kaizer Chiefs set the task of winning to ensure they qualify for the MTN 8 next season.

Cape Town Spurs had only made one change to the team that drew against Golden Arrows to last week whilst Chiefs made three changes to the team that played to a goalless draw with Polokwane City.

Amakhosi came out and dominated possession from the onset but did not create any threats to Spurs goalkeeper, which led to a cagey opening 30 minutes.

However, in the 37th-minute Spurs were rewarded after an error from Chiefs backline which striker Ashley Cupido capitalized on, handed the Motsepe Championship-bound side a surprise lead.

The goal seemed to Spur on the Cape Town-based side and they started to retain possession and probe the Chiefs defense as they grew into the game.

Christian Saile then almost pounced on a lapse of concentration from the Spurs defense just before half-time, pouncing on a loose ball before creating a bit of space but shooting straight at Neil Boschoff in goal.

Spurs had the last chance of the half shortly thereafter, with winger Asanele Velebayi forcing a save which deflected onto the crossbar for a corner which the home side wasted.

The Western Cape outfit came out with more confidence in the second half, which saw them start to regain the majority of possession and chances.

Spurs then made a trio of changes in the 88th minute as they sought out to close out the victory, which included 39-year-old veteran Nazeer Allie.

Chiefs failed to retain much possession in the second-half conceding a lot of possession to the opposition which allowed Spurs to continue asking questions of the Soweto giants defense.

In the 74th-minute, the home side were rewarded for their brave approach when they dispossessed the Amakhosi midfield deep in their half, playing some good quick passes before taking a shot that was parried into Man of Match Michael Morton's path to tap home unmarked.

Orlando Pirates loanee Boitumelo Radiopane thought he had a penalty in injury time after what initially looked like a foul by Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Bruce Bvuma, however the referee adjudged it to have been a dive, without giving out a yellow card.

Spurs managed to seal out the victory, condemning Kaizer Chiefs to their worst finish (10th) in PSL history.

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