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Zito Ogbonna provided the decisive moment in the match

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Posted: 11 January 2009 Time: 17:23

Nigerian striker Zito Ogbonna scored his fifth League goal for Kaizer Chiefs as they claimed a precious 1-0 victory over Mamelodi Sundowns at the Johannesburg Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

The game never quite lived up to its pre-match billing, but Chiefs coach Muhsin Ertugral will be relieved to have got his side back to winning ways after four games without a victory.

For Downs boss Henri Michel, it is now just two wins in 10 games as their season continues to go from bad to worse.

A blisteringly hot day and the long grass on the pitch did not help the players and at times, even in the first half, both sides seemed to coast through the game as the players caught their breath.

New boy Abia Nale provided a chance for Ogbonna on 15 minutes, but the striker slipped at the vital moment and Downs were able to clear.

Josta Dladla had the best two chances of the opening period. The first came as he beat the offside trap, but couldn’t hook the ball over the onrushing Itumeleng Khune in the Chiefs goal, with the minder managing to block his effort right on the very edge of the box.

Excellent play from Derrick Spencer down the lefthand side then set Dladla up with a clear sight of goal 15 yards out, but the winger showed poor technique as he lent back in the shot and the ball flew high and wide of the goal.

Sundowns had the better of the first half, but in the end each side managed just one shot on target each and the goalkeepers were mere spectators for much of the opening period.

The home side should have been ahead five minutes into the second half. Sibusiso Zuma reached the by-line and provided an inch-perfect cross for Collins Mbesuma, who, with the goal at his mercy, made only slight contact with the ball and Chiefs were able to clear.

Zuma fired in a terrific shot from 25-yards that had Khune diving to his right and saving well, while at the other end Jose Torrealba’s header from the edge of the box just went wide, though Calvin Marlin appeared to have the effort covered.

But the deadlock was finally broken in the 80th minute when Ogbonna was left totally unmarked in the box and powered a header from Nale’s cross goalwards, leaving Marlin with no chance.

And just minutes later it was almost 2-0 when Nale’s excellent right-footed shot from 30-yards cannoned back off the post and away to safety.

Previous comments on this story...

Anonymous
posted: 06:59 pm
WHAT THE HELL DID MICHEL THINK HE WAS DOING STARTING WITH 6 DIFFENDERS?
Anonymous
posted: 07:04 pm
DR NDIVHUWO: 2009-01-06 15:34
I smell heavy score here......Bobby please for the sake of ur job book a flight to Turkey or Germany maybe Mushin after this hiding he will need to see his father in law for comfort.Sundowns will be in full force all the guns are back.
.... BOBBY, IF YOU HAD FOLLOWED THIS ADVICE FROM DR. NDIVHUWO SELL IT TO HENRY MICEL AT HALF PRICE. I HOPE THE AIRLINES ALLOWS HIM TO USE THE TICKET TO EGYPT WHERE HE MAY COARCH ZAMALEK, A TEAM WITH FEWER REJECTS FROM OVER SEAS.
Anonymous
posted: 07:09 pm
Themba: 2009-01-09 07:51 [ Report ]


They've dubbed this weekends games as Jozi vs Tshwane. Pirates is going to win the first game for Jozi tomorrow, hope our nephews wont disappoint on Sunday.

Once and Always!!!

HAHAHAHA!!!!!!! HAHAHAHAH!!!!!!!! THE NEPHEWS HAVE DONE JOZI PROUD HAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!
Ike_Wa_Poo!!!
posted: 07:44 pm
Shoooo! Wat a Pathetic Display By Downs. Motsepe Reali Blundered By Holdin Onto Michel Wen Zamalek Wanted Him. Dis Faggot Is Arrogant, Stupid + Doesn't Know Anythin About SA Soccer. 2 De Big Man, I Hope U've Learnt a Lesson By Hiring a Coach Dat Cant Speak De Same Language as Ur Players. I Foresee a Heart-Attack 4 Motsepe + a Lot of Downs Supporters. CRISIS MANAGEMENT IS DEFINATELY NEEDED AT DOWNS. I Think Motsepe Must Join De Column/Side 4 Advice.
Anonymous
posted: 08:59 am
Henry Michel is just an arrogant fool. How the hell do you replace our 2 most effective players on the pitch. Dillon Shepperd and Derrick Spencer were having good games and the stupid coach replaces them. Why didn't he field Moriri.
Anonymous
posted: 09:21 am
YE YE YE YE PieRate will win stop making yourself clones guys as you know your monkey coach is useless that is one you won 0 - 1 to SuperSports FC for Chiefs is playing as a team and PieRate is on a verge of show off for you guys to get much better results call back Coach Bondas I still think his much better than all of your coach we called back Muhsin we were not stupid becoz we were sick and tired of these so called best coaches same applies with SunFlowers they need to call back Neil Tovey as he was much better than all their coaches they have tested and go no results.
Anonymous
posted: 10:00 am
logging onto kickoff, i thought i wud see a handfull comments...but NO.is it becos Pierats & Sunflowers Lost???.hehehe SOME PEOPLE ARE BAD LOSERS!!!
Anonymous
posted: 10:08 am
i could like to praise the young defender wyne mathe for his work on sunday game and nale for his first derby for chiefs.for sundowns we came to game to defender with two defender on central middle field ;chiefs only with tinase with the battle.josta dladal don't get injured as we are waiting for you even saw chiefs supporters request you for subs so that renielwe could not break your leg see you in naturena next season thats is only one chance you miss ityou be lost
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