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Thanda's James Madidilane gives Siphiwe Tshabalala a scare

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Thanda defeat the Mighty Amakhosi

Posted: 30 August 2008 Time: 22:16

A brace by Bernard Parker set Thanda Royal Zulu up for a 2-1 win over Kaizer Chiefs in the late Absa Premiership game on Saturday.

Gert Schalkwyk continued his good form, scoring for Chiefs early in the second half, while a Bernard Parker brace sealed the points for the visitors.

The home side started the game without Itumeleng Khune and Valery Nahayo – both on the bench – while Thanda gave a run to new signing Peter Ndlovu, who came on as a second half substitute.

Thanda came at Chiefs in the first period, and opened the scoring through Parker on 20 minutes. Chiefs came back at the visitors, with chances for Schalkwyk, Thuso Phala and Reneilwe Letsholonyane, but Thanda held out for a 1-0 lead going into the break.

Chiefs came back just after half time, with a goal from Schalkwyk, but they didn’t stay level for long, as Thanda went back ahead through a Parker penalty on 55 minutes, and held on for a win.

Siphiwe Tshabalala had the first real opportunity of the game in the eighth minute, when Letsholonyane sent in a cross from the right and set him up on the far post, but the winger’s shot flashed wide.

Thanda followed with some good attempts, the first a long-range attempt from Obada. A few minutes later Tsotetsi brought down Parker on the edge of the area to win a free-kick. Madidilane’s resulting shot was stopped by Emille Baron, and Parker hit the rebound wide for a goal-kick.

Parker then opened the scoring for Thanda on 20 minutes. The new club captain played a neat one-two with Norman Smith before banging the ball home low and hard past the hapless Baron.

Chiefs hit back with a number of chances, and were all over the visiting team, but couldn’t find the back of the net.

First, Schalkwyk came close with a diving header after a lofted pass from Phala in the 28th minute. Then Letsholonyane’s long-range shot hit the crossbar half an hour in after a good, speedy run by David Mathebula.

Amakhosi came close again on 43 minutes, when Phala directed Tshabalala’s excellent cross just wide.

Finally, Letsholonyane came close with a free header just before the break – after a cross from Tshabalala – but he hit wide and Thanda finished the half 1-0 up.

They didn’t stay up for long, however, as two minutes into the second half Chiefs’ pressure paid off.

Letsholonyane sent a great cross into Schalkwyk, and this time the on-form striker’s powerful diving header was too much for Thanda keeper Aubrey Mathibe.

Letsholonyane followed up with a couple of long-range efforts, but the tables turned again on 55 minutes, when Thanda were awarded a penalty after a foul in the box on Smith by Quartey. Parker put his first attempt away, but it was ruled out by the referee.

His second attempt stood, however, and Thanda went back in the lead.

Chiefs quietened down somewhat after the penalty, and Thanda came close through chances from Parker, whose stylish shot on the turn went just wide, and Ndlovu, who had a chance from a cross only seconds after coming on as a substitute.

With seconds remaining in the Katlego Loke had a chance to put Thanda 3-1 up, but Baron pulled off a great reflex save to deny the substitute, and the game ended 2-1 to Thanda – their second win in a row over the mighty Amakhosi.

In the post-match interview Chiefs coach Muhsin Ertugral said it was “back to the drawing board” for him, as “his grandmother in a wheelchair” could have put away some of the chances his team had missed.

Previous comments on this story...

Anonymous
posted: 10:23 pm
This Kaizer Chiefs team reminds me of the Orlando Pirates under Kostadin Papic, running all-over the pitch like headless chickens.
Anonymous
posted: 10:28 pm
Next game is draw, hehehe .
Anonymous
posted: 10:30 pm
Congratulation 2 royal, keep it up .
Anonymous
posted: 10:35 pm
GUYS LETS LETS FACE THE TRUTH MOKETE TSOTETSI IS THE REASON FOR THOSE TWO GOALS, THAT GUY EVERYTIME HE IS IN THE GAME HE MAKES MISTAKES,THAT COST US THE GAME,WELL EXCEPT LAST GAME.BUT THIS IS OUR FIRST GAME WE WILL COME BACK.ITUMELENG KHUNE MUST COME BACK BARON ALSO IS THE VICTIM, HE COULD HAV STOPED THE FIRST GOLE.
Anonymous
posted: 10:44 pm
BAD GAMEMUST COME AND SUPPORT WE PLAYED, TORREALBA MUST COME AND SUPPORT SCHALKVYK IN FRONT
Anonymous
posted: 10:46 pm
BAD GAME, TORREALBA MUST COME BACK AND SUPPORT SCHALKVYK
Anonymous
posted: 10:53 pm
Well, Cheifs played enterprising footbal but at the end of the day 3 points is what matters.

What I know is that this Chiefs team is going to amaze many this season, those boys are good!! The minute they start gelling it is going to be SHAPA KHOSI, SHAPA!!
Anonymous
posted: 10:55 pm
I Think Depth will be a key to the PSL team that will clinch the League title. Looking at Chiefs performance, it was evident that the missing link was Torrealba. We have a very long season ahead of us. If Chiefs is going to rely on individuals then they must forget about the League title. Back to today's game i wonder if the Chiefs supporters are saying much about the Introduction of Nengomasha. Is he really playing well next to Letsholonyane? Maybe i am wrong but ever since his introduction Chiefs pace has dropped drastically. I am not taking anything away from him, he is a very good player but hey, facts are facts. He is too slow.

Just my 2 cents comment.
Anonymous
posted: 10:55 pm
kaizer thieves is an ordinary team.it's just that they are being overrated by the media.i bet their coach is going to complain about the referee.we going to see the very same old results.LOOSE DRAWS.
Anonymous
posted: 11:24 pm
Sorry guys the victim was Jonathan Quartey not Tsotetsi, i am supries even the coach was blaming tsotetsi for the second goal not Quartey
Anonymous
posted: 07:24 am
ARE GO THATA...............AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA.............TTTTTTTTTTTAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!balapisitswe ke pre season ba tshamekisa same players ka vodacom....teams have learnt their style.....thabang lebese is the solution....THEY NEED TO SIGN A PLAYER CALLED DIRANG MALAM MOLOI FROM BOTSWANA so that things work right for them to get the league title this season!!!!!11
Anonymous
posted: 08:04 am
Guys, why is it such a big surprise when Chies is beaten. It used to be like that but things have changed. It's just that we have unrealistically high expectations of these so called big teams. That goes for Pirates as well. The media has been covering the two teams's pre-season games so much that you would think they are the only teams in the league. Signing for Pirates or Chiefs does not make you a quality player overnight. Letsholonyane, Tsotetsi, Phala, Gilbert. Are they world beaters? Look at Parker, July, Tonic, Madidilane, Felix Obada. They can walk into any team anytime and be in the starting eleven. Let us give credit where it is due. I have realised that most so called fans only appreciate players from the so called big teams and you only respect plares from the other teams when they beat your teams. Lets support soccer gentlemen. By the way, I support Pirates and they were soundly beaten by a very good team that plays our kind of footbal.
Anonymous
posted: 08:56 am
referees in south africa must go back and learn the fifa rules the way they are and not change them.... i hav realized that is possible 4 a referee to take a side during the game.... lets hope they go and swot those rule and understand them....
Anonymous
posted: 10:11 am
Soweto Giants going down to KZN teams. Well done to KZN teams, Lets hope ukuthi AMAZULU wont disappoint this afternoon. Bravo KZN.
Anonymous
posted: 10:13 am
Its not about refrees, We lost finish and klaar. This Mushin style of blaming refrees when he lost the game has been transfered to Cheats fans!
Anonymous
posted: 10:30 am
I agree with you Sipho on referees. My experience tells me that when a coach blames the referee all the time, this tends to have an influence on the players. They know that even if they dont perform, it is always the referee's fault so they dont take responsibility.
Anonymous
posted: 11:36 am
THANX VERY MUCH LORD, FOR THE NICEST WAY OF STARTING A SOCCER WEEK. THE KAIZER LOOSE DRAWS WENT DOWN ON ITS KNEES TO THE SO CALLED SMALL TEAM. THE FIRE EXTINGUISHER CAME AT THE RIGHT TIME WHEN PEOPLE LIKE nicholus WERE STARTING TO BLAZE LIKE A PAPERS FIRE. I HOPE THEY LEARNT THAT YOU LOVE US ALL. AS BY TOMMOROW, I AM NEVER GONA BE SHY TO GO OUT AND FACE THE DAY, FOR YOU LOVE ME LIKE ANY OTHER PERSON. AYEYE KAIZER SHIT.
Anonymous
posted: 11:38 am
I LOVE ORLANDO PIRATES. EVEN GOD IS USELESS COMPARED TO PIRATES. I AM PREPARED TO LIVE AND DIE FOR THE MIGHTY BACCANNEERS.
Anonymous
posted: 11:48 am
Thanks for KZN boys to break the virginities of both KC & OP yesterday. Welcome to the world of prostitutes Chiefs and Pirates. Watch out today and see how depth works for a team with depth i.e Sundowns.

Fhatuwani
Anonymous
posted: 04:32 pm
I knew Chiefs was gona crack but I did'nt expect it to happen this soon. By the look of things, the worst is yet to come. this is just the beginning. brace yourself for more draws and losses.
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