The Amakhosi were made to sweat as a late Paez strike saw the Soweto giants advance into the next round of the Nedbank Cup.
A second half brace by substitute Gustavo Paez, saw Kaizer Chiefs come from behind to defeat a 10 men Acornbush United in Mpumalanga. Paez came off the bench to net a brace for Chiefs.
The naturena-based club enjoyed most of the ball in the early stages, but were finding it tough to break down the hosts’ defence.
Acornbush should have taken the lead in the 20th minute as Mduduzi Nkosi managed to round Itumeleng Khune, but with the goal at his mercy, he fired wide.
Chiefs wasted a chance of their own three minutes when Joseph Molangoane was played through on goal, however the midfielder failed to beat Acornbush goalkeeper, Sibusisio Masuku from close range.
However, Acornbush were reduced to 10 men in the 27th minute when Sandy Nyathi was shown a straight red card for late challenge on Willard Katsande.
Despite being a man down, the hosts broke the deadlock in the 43rd minute as Nkosi lifted a cross to the far post where Mudzunga Sidumo was on hand to head past Khune, 1-0.
Steve Komphela opted for a change at the start of the second half, as Paez replaced defender Sibusiso Khumalo. The second half was interrupted by a number of stoppages due to injuries, which disrupted the flow of the encounter, much to the annoyance of the visitors.
With Chiefs struggling in the final third, Komphela with draw Kgosto Moleko and introduced William Twala after 65 minutes.
Amakhosi eventually levelled matters in the 78th minute as Bernard Parker played in Paez, who sent a fine volley into the far corner.
Komphela’s side then took the lead in the 84th minute as Parker picked out Paez once again and the Venezuelan slotted home from six-yards out, 1-2.