Shalulile man of the match as Highlands Park move past Chiefs

Brave Warriors striker Peter Shalulile who has made scoring a habit was on target again as Highlands Park knocked opponents Kaizer Chiefs out of the Nedbank Cup's Round of clash 16 on Saturday.

The match was played at Makhulong Stadium in Tembisa.

It was Highlands who looked dangerous early on in the match as Shalulile went close to putting his side ahead inside the opening six minutes, but was denied with an excellent point-blank save by Itumeleng Khune.

Fast forward, momentum shifted to the Amakhosi and desperate defending from the Highlands prevented Zimbabwean international Khama Billiat and Serbian Samir Nurkovic with a succession of close-range defensive blocks.

Although the match went into extra time, it was Shalulile who rose to the occasion scoring in the 57th minute.

Shalulile's goal came from a set-piece, an in-swinger from Luckyboy Mokoena to which the Namibian international connected, striking the ball into the net as Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Khune - watched helplessly at the far post.

However, Shalulile 's goal was soon canceled by his teammate -Sello Motsepe headed a George Maluleka cross-field ball off a free-kick into his own net in the 63rd minute.

Although both teams created an avalanche of chances during extra time, the game would be decided on penalties as fate would have it.

Zimbabwean international Khama Billiat's miss in sudden death during the shoot-out saw the Amakhosi crash out of the competition, with Musa Nyatama netting the winning kick for Highlands.

The highflying Shalulile was crowned man-of-the-match and was received N.dollars 5000 for his relentless and scintillating performance.

Thank you very much. It was not going to be an easy game against Kaizer Chiefs. We give all the glory to God. We managed to give them a tough time [on the pitch], Shalulile said during the post-match interview.

According to the 26-year-old, his team executed its strategy as planned.

We knew what we wanted. We knew what their strengths and weaknesses are [and we capitalised on that], he said.

So far, Shalulile has scored 12 goals in the Absa Premiership. Only one player Gabadinho Mhango of Orlando Pirates - has scored more goals than Shalulile with 14.

His Highlands Park lies 7th on the premiership log with 30 points, 15 behind log leaders Kaizer Chiefs.

Source: Namibia Press Agency