MTN8: Semi-final Round-Up

Kaizer Chiefs will meet Ajax Cape Town for the right to be crowned MTN8 champions next month after the pair secured close victories in the semi-final second legs over the weekend.

Defending champions Amakhosi beat Bloemfontein Celtic 1-0 in Soweto, while up the road in Braamfontein, the Urban Warriors edged Bidvest Wits by the same scoreline.

Both ties were level at 1-1 heading into the return legs in Johannesburg and on Saturday night, Steve Komphela's men reached a seventh final in the Premier Soccer League (PSL) era with a battling win over a plucky Siwelele.

The Free Staters were made to rue a host of missed early chances as George Lebese's 41st minute strike proved decisive at the FNB Stadium, Chiefs taking the semi-final 2-1 on aggregate.

“This match was no different from the first,” coach Komphela said. “It was as tough. However, Celtic changed their tactical approach. We had to adapt. Credit to my players, we played more with our heads than our feet.”

Then on Sunday, Ajax reached their third MTN8 final with a 1-0 win against the Students, who had to play more than two thirds of the game with 10 men after the dismissal of Siyabonga Nhlapo.

The defender was handed his marching orders after 25 minutes for a foul on Toriq Losper and in doing so also conceded a penalty, converted by Nathan Paulse.

That proved to be decisive as Roger de Sa's side held on for a 2-1 overall win and a first appearance in the final since 2009.

"I thought we did well, we had a couple of chances to wrap up the game," the Ajax boss added. "Their goalkeeper Moeneeb Josephs was magnificent, he made one or two good saves.

"The boys worked hard, they ran out of legs a bit, we could have punished them more."