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King Zwelithini Stadium
10/12/2008 19:30

Collins Chabalala scored a brace for AmaZulu.

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Chabalala brace sinks Arrows

Posted: 10 December 2008 Time: 22:02

A brace by striker Collins Chabalala handed AmaZulu a 2-0 win over Golden Arrows in the Durban Derby at the King Zwelithini stadium on Wednesday evening.

The defeat was Abafana Bes’thende’s third league defeat in a row.

Their first chance of the game came in the seventh minute when a wayward shot from Richard Henyekane deflected into the path of Njabulo Manqana who proceeded to try and chip the keeper from 16 yards out, but the ball floated just wide of the left-hand up-right.

Two minutes later and the October/November Player of the Month, Henyekane, pulled the best out of the Usuthu keeper, Kakonje Kalililo, when he shot from 20 yards out. Kalililo had to dive full length to his left to tip the ball around the post for a corner-kick.

Abafana Bes'thende continued to dictate play, but for a period of about ten minutes they seemed to go to sleep at the back when lighting struck twice in a matter of minutes in the form of Chabalala.

In a quick break away by AmaZulu a good through ball found Nhlanhla Zwane through on goal and one-on-one with the Arrows Keeper. Helton Da Rocha did brilliantly initially to thwart Zwane but Chabalala pounced on the rebound and buried the ball into the back of the net in the 17th minute, 1-0.

Then only three minutes later and Usuthu doubled their lead. AmaZulu took a short corner on the right side of the field before delivering the ball to the back post where they found Chabalala unmarked. The big animal of a man made no mistake in grabbing his brace and doubling his ides lead when he headed the ball home powerfully from six yards out, 2-0.

Chabalala nearly grabbed his hat-trick in the 22nd minute when Dumisani Ngwenya broke down the left flank and delivered a telling ball into the box to, once again, find Chabalala unmarked but fortunately for Arrows his header went just inches wide of the post.

Arrows regrouped in the following minutes and further increased their possession stakes. However, they looked weary at the back whenever AmaZulu attacked and they looked like they couldn't handle the strength or height of Chabalala.

Abia Nale found himself in the perfect place to pull one back for his side in the 31st minute when an in-swinging corner found him unmarked at the back post only a couple of yards out, but his woeful header went over the cross-bar when he should have scored.

Usuthu went into the half time break two nil up and Arrows went into the locker-room stunned.

The second half quickly settled into a pattern of Arrows on full out attack while AmaZulu sat back in defence and tried to hit on the counter-attack.

Despite all their possession and control in the midfield Abafana Bes'thende failed to create any clear cut opportunities in front of goal. In fact their only decent chance of the second half fell to Nale in the 51st minute. A quick passing movement found Nale unmarked 16 yards out from goal but again his finishing was poor as his shot went the wrong side of the up-right.

Arrows could consider themselves lucky as Chabalala was substituted early on in the second half due to injury or the final result could have been worse for Mngqithi's side.

Clive Barker's men picked up the three points and moved to sixth on the Absa Premiership log while Arrows suffered their third successive league defeat.

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Previous comments on this story...

posted: 12:01 am
Arrows bubble has burst. Reminds me of Wits last season. I saw nothing wrong with their play etcept the lack of normal hard running play they normally does. They also tried to play offside in the most ameturish form. I never played it like that even when i was an under 14. That killed them early.
but they are still good to watch and they may yet bounce back.
posted: 08:02 am
posted: 08:04 am
arrows are finished,they only left with bows.... golden have become bronze!!!!
posted: 08:28 am
There is something horribly wrong with Golden Arrows, or Bronze Bows, as size13 calls them. it's really sad to see this happening to our football. We can't afford to see our teams performing well then all of a sudden it's over.
Makes me wonder if the form we see with Bafana will still be the same come confederations cup next year. This is a cause for concern and something must be done to find the root of the problem, is it too much big headed-ness or the other teams are getting wiser to their kind of play?
we need to do something and fast, otherwise USA is playing Iraq next year in the semis
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