The Nedbank Cup Last 32 match between Kaizer Chiefs and Milford FC at FNB Stadium on February 25, 2024, in Johannesburg, South Africa, resulted in an embarrassing defeat for Chiefs, largely due to the heroic performance of the injured opposition goalkeeper, Siphamandla Hleza. Despite being injured in the week leading up to the match, Hleza made a remarkable comeback with a host of tremendous saves, denying Amakhosi a goal. Motivated to play despite the injury, Hleza’s determination was evident as he took the field with a dislocated left thumb. In an interview with *GameON* on Radio 2000, Hleza revealed his worries as the match approached, expressing concern about his readiness to face the Soweto giants.

He admitted to having had minimal training due to his injury, only practicing with his feet and not using his hands for handling during the week. Nevertheless, he expressed gratitude for the opportunity to play against Chiefs, acknowledging that it was every kid’s dream and emphasizing the significance of the opportunity. Despite his initial concerns, Hleza’s performance was a testament to his dedication, as he not only made crucial saves but also ended the day by scoring the winning penalty in the shootout, sealing Milford FC’s victory.

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