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Milford FC Stuns Kaizer Chiefs In Nedbank Cup Upset

However, Milford's defensive strategy and the exceptional performance of goalkeeper Hlezi prevented Chiefs from finding the back of the net.

In a stunning upset, underdogs Milford FC pulled off a remarkable victory against Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs in the Nedbank Cup.

The second-tier team defeated the Chiefs 5-4 on penalties in the last 32 of the competition, leaving Chiefs with another heartbreak and slim chances of ending their eight-year trophyless streak.

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Despite being the underdogs, Milford FC showed determination and resilience throughout the match.

They held Chiefs to a draw after regulation and extra time, thanks in large part to the heroic performance of their goalkeeper, Siphamandla Hlezi. Hlezi made daring saves, including stopping Ranga Chivaviro’s penalty in the first half of extra time.

The clash between Milford FC and Kaizer Chiefs was reminiscent of a “David and Goliath” battle. Milford, making their debut in the competition, faced off against Chiefs, who boast an impressive 13 crowns in the Nedbank Cup.

However, Milford’s tactical approach paid off as they absorbed the pressure and frustrated Chiefs, who struggled to penetrate their defence.

Interim head coach Cavin Johnson fielded a strong Chiefs team but made five changes from their previous league match. Despite the absence of key players, Chiefs had opportunities to score, with Cristian Saile and Mduduzi Shabalala active on the flanks.

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However, Milford’s defensive strategy and the exceptional performance of goalkeeper Hlezi prevented Chiefs from finding the back of the net.

The second half started with Chiefs almost taking the lead, but Hlezi’s brilliant save denied Ashley Du Preez’s close-range shot. Milford’s game-plan exposed the absence of a player like Yusuf Maart, who could take shots from distance when spaces were limited.

However, Chiefs’ fans showed their support, giving a standing ovation to 19-year-old Mfundo Vilakazi, who made his senior debut after impressive performances for the reserve team.

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The match ultimately went to a penalty shootout, where Hlezi continued to shine, scoring the decisive spot kick for Milford FC. This victory marks a historic moment for the NFD side and a disappointing exit for Kaizer Chiefs from another cup competition.

Now, Chiefs will shift their focus to the DStv Premiership, aiming to secure a top-three finish as their chances of winning the title diminish. Milford FC, on the other hand, can celebrate their remarkable achievement and look forward to future challenges in the Nedbank Cup.

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Thato Motaung for SurgeZirc SA
Thato Motaung for SurgeZirc SA
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