Bhengu sends Chiefs to 14th
Posted: 5 October 2008 Time: 17:31
Swallows youngster Phumelele Bhengu sent Amakhosi packing with a first-half brace at Olympia Park in Rustenburg on Sunday.
Both Moroka Swallows and Kaizer Chiefs came into this game in a confident mood after winning their last Absa Premiership game, Swallows with a win over Santos and Chiefs with their first three-pointer against Ajax Cape Town.
It may only be the beginning of the season but these clubs have already competed a couple of times this season in the MTN 8, each winning one game, though Chiefs did qualify for and win the Wafa Wafa Final after winning the two-legged semifinal on aggregate.
Both coaches were in a confident mood ahead of the kick-off, with Chiefs handing a first start to youngster George Lebese.
However, neither side stamped their authority on the game early on, and the first fifteen minutes were quite scrappy with neither keeper being forced to make any saves.
After 17 minutes Chiefs failed to deal with a long kick from Etafia that found David Radebe. The former Chiefs striker controlled the ball well before firing in a cracking drive from the edge of the box that rebounded off the inside of the post.
Just minutes later Radebe was at it again, doing well down the left wing before crossing to the far post to find Oerson who knocked the ball back into the danger zone to find eighteen-year old striker Bhengu who finished well past the despairing dive of Khune to score the first goal of his professional career.
The goal seemed to spark both teams into action and within minutes Chiefs came close to equalising when Etafia saved from Jose Torrealba after failing to deal conclusively with Reneilwe Letsholonyane long-range effort.
In the 32nd minute Bhengu made it 2-0 to Swallows after Khune failed to hold onto a 35-yard free-kick from Cecil Oerson. Radebe was first to react to the rebound and his back-heel found Bhengu who finished expertly for his second of the game.
On the stroke of half-time Chiefs threatened with a set-piece of their own but the Swallows defence dealt with the pressure comfortably.
Chiefs made their intentions quite clear at the start of the second half, replacing Nahayo and Mathebula with the more attack minded Zwane and Schalkwyk as they looked for a way back into the game.
The changes failed to make an immediate impact and Swallows almost added a third just five minutes into the second half when Lefa Tsutsulupa's volley from the edge of the area beat Khune but rebounded back of the post.
Chiefs came close minutes later when Vinicius Da Silva hit his own crossbar with Etafia well beaten.
Chiefs continued to apply pressure and Lebese had a great chance to half the deficit but he failed to hit the target from the edge of the small box. Then Etafia saved well from a Schalkwyk header to keep Chiefs scoreless.
Chiefs dominated possession but Swallows created the best chances as the 'Radebe and Bhengu' partnership continued to threaten. Masango then had another chance to hand Chiefs a lifeline but Etafia was equal to it and produced another fantastic save. Minutes later he was at it again this time thwarting Tshabalala as Chiefs piled on the pressure.
Swallows almost caught Chiefs on the break when Radebe went through and was brought down by Tsotetsi. Referee Jonas Nhlapo booked Radebe for diving, but Tsotetsi was lucky to get away without a red card as there was definite contact on the edge of the box.
With just 10 minutes remaining Etafia maked his best save of the game, denying Schalkwyk from point-blank range. Masango then had another opportunity for Chiefs, but Swallows slowed the game down in the final stages for a deserved 2-0 win, despite being denied a last minute penalty that could have made it three.
Bhengu will make the back pages for his fantastic brace but ex-Chiefs striker David Radebe was fantastic as well, hitting the post and having a hand in both goals.
Report courtesy of Backpage.