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Sinethemba Jantjie © Gallo Images

Jantjie sends Dikwena packing

A solitary goal through Sinethemba Jantjie handed Free State Stars a 1-0 win over Platinum Stars in the 2017-18 Bokone Bophirima Maize Cup semifinal on Saturday morning at James Motlatsi Stadium.

As early as the fifth minute, Jantjie made a wonderful run on the left flank and unleashed a powerful shot, but it was saved by keeper Nhlakanipho Duma.

In the 10th minute, Stars earned a free-kick just away from the centre line and they managed to break the deadlock when Jantjie converted the set piece with a clever flick-on from Anas to beat keeper Duma at the near post.

Striker Mohamed Anas was denied by Dikwena's Ryan De Jongh in the 27th minute after clearing the ball on the line.

The striker slotted the ball past Duma to complete his brace following a good movement by the Bethlehem-based side.

However, on the stroke of halftime, Mduduzi Nyanda showed great skill as he turned his man before firing a shot which hit the woodwork. It was 1-0 to Stars at halftime.

Although both sides were looking to create clear cut chances in the opposite half, it was Duma who was called to action as early as the third minute to deny Jantjie from close-range.

However, chances were far and few towards the dying stages of the tie and Duma pulled off yet another brilliant save to deny Stars.

Despite their push to find an equaliser and book a spot in the final, Milton Dlamini's men failed to convert their chances as they crashed out of the tournament.

In the wake of the victory, David Vilakazi's men will meet the winner between Kaizer Chiefs and Township Rollers in the final at 16:00 (CAT).

Platinum Stars 0

Free State Stars (1) 1 (Jantjie 16')

Free State Stars: Ali, Mashego, Mtsweni, Nkili, Teyise, Masehe, Vilakazi, Jantjie, Hlubi, Dlamini (Mokhuoane 66'), Anas

Platinum Stars: Duma, De Jongh, Zulu, Mathenjwa, Gwabeni, Sibeko, Links, Baloyi, Nyanda (Otladisa 54'), Mbatha (Mose 56'), Kunene (Modise 60')


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