Kaizer Chiefs Into Champions League Final!!
Kaizer Chiefs made history as they reached the CAF Champions League Final after the semi-final second leg between Kaizer Chiefs and Wydad Casablanca ended goalless at the FNB Stadium.
Chiefs had taken a 1-0 lead into the tie, after a hard fought win in Casablanca last week, and win 1-0 on aggregate.
Kaizer Chiefs 0-0 Wydad Casablanca
While there was immediate pressure from the visitors, it was Chiefs who had the first shot at goal, as Samir Nurkovic headed wide from a corner in the third minute.
Wydad almost took advantage of a bad defensive pass from Daniel Akpeyi, but the Nigerian goalkeeper was able to save Walid El Karti’s shot from inside the box in the fifth minute. A minute later Bernard Parker headed wide from a Reeve Frosler cross.
Akpeyi was back in action in the 13th minute as he made a save to deny Mohammed Ounnajem from long range. In the 20th minute Akpeyi made another excellent save to stop Aymane El Hassouni’s goal bound shot.
El Karti had another chance in the 29th minute, but his shot lacked power and Akpeyi was able to gather comfortably. A minute later he had to be alert again to save Ounnajem’s volley from in front of goal.
Eric Mathoho’s header in the 42nd minute was saved by Ahmed Tagnaouti, while a minute later Akpeyi was called upon again to make a save from a long range effort.
At halftime it remained goalless, though Wydad had seven shots on target, to just the one of Chiefs.
The second half followed a similar pattern as Wydad pushed desperately for a goal, but Chiefs continued to put in a resolute defensive performance.
An unmarked Muaid Ellafi had a chance in the 59th minute, but he headed over Akpeyi’s goal.
Two minutes later it was almost a goal for Chiefs but Nurkovic’s header was well saved by Tagnaouti.
An increasingly frustrated Wydad had another chance in the 70th minute, but Ellafi’s attempt was off target. They went close again four minutes later but Ayoub El Kaabi’s header went wide.
It was a nervous last 15 minutes, as Chiefs continued held out against the two-time CAFCL champions.