Ismail Watenga helped guide Chippa United to their first Nedbank Cup final on Saturday as they edged out Pretoria Callies 1-0 at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on Saturday evening.
Watenga appearing in just his second game for the club put up another impressive performance in a game where Chippa struggled to impose themselves over their lower division opponents.
Callies’ relentless pressing and positive approach created a couple of problems for the Chilli Boys who struggled to develop any attacking play.
Chippa’s were far between; Thabiso Lebitso failing to find his footing in front of goal and moments later tried to make up for his earlier mistake but his shot from outside the area flew inches over the crossbar.
At the other end, William Twala’s shot from outside the area drew a fine stop from Watenga who ensured both sides went into the half time break still goalless.
Chippa found the breakthrough in the 62nd minute against the run of play as a poor clearance fell perfectly for Sandile Mthethwa who kept ice-cold nerves to volley into the net.
However, Watenga was lucky to escape a red card later on in the game as he rushed from his area and fouled Pogiso Mahlangu who was through on goal.
While the Callies called for the goalkeeper to be sent off for denying a clear goalscoring opportunity, the former Vipers SC goalkeeper walked away with just a booking.
Chippa held on in the latter stages of the game to reach the final where they will face the winner of the second semi-final between Denis Onyango’s Mamelodi Sundowns and Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila FC on Sunday.