Lebogang Manyama produced a Man of the Match performance as Kaizer Chiefs beat Bloemfontein Celtic 2-0 to clinch the Macufe Cup at the Free State Stadium on Sunday.
Bafana Bafana international Manyama – who is working his way back to full fitness and form after joining the Amakhosi from Turkish outfit Konyaspor – also grabbed his first goal for Chiefs in the 37th minute with a left-footed volley.
Phunya Sele Sele were roared on by their boisterous home fans, but were unable to find an equaliser to take the match into a penalty shoot-out.
Chiefs eventually got their second in the closing stages of the match when Dumsani Zuma found the back of the net to secure the very first trophy under new coach Giovanni Solinas.
But the Italian will know that these ‘plastic cups’ count for very little.
His predecessor Steve Komphela, who is now the Celtic coach, found that out in no uncertain terms following the Nedbank Cup semi-final defeat to Free State Stars in April, when Chiefs fans rioted and caused extensive damage to the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban.
Solinas’ team lost in the semi-finals of the MTN8 earlier this season, but have a chance to win a ‘real cup’ in the upcoming Telkom Knockout.
The Amakhosi will take on Black Leopards on Sunday, October 21 at the FNB Stadium (3.30pm kickoff) in their last-16 encounter.