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Chiefs back into top eight

Posted: 6 April 2008 Time: 17:29

With an excellent 3-1 win over Moroka Swallows, Kaizer Chiefs move into eighth position on the Absa Premiership log, while The Birds drop to ninth.

Swallows created plenty of goalscoring opportunities in their home match at Rustenburg's Olympia Park Stadium, but simply missed too many chances.

Swallows coach Ian Gorowa had a changed team compared to the starting line-up he used in the Nedbank Cup Last 16 loss against Santos.

Greg Etafia (for Aubrey Mathibe), James Mayinga (for Brent Geyer), Cecil Oerson (for Siphesihle Ngobese) and Sandile Ndlovu (for Maimane Phiri) all started, while Chiefs had one change; Kaizer Motaung Junior replaced the injured Shaun Bartlett.

Amakhosi started as the more attacking team with Mabhuti Khenyeza and David Mathebula looking in fine form. Chiefs scored in the 16th minute from a corner, which was powerfully headed in by Khenyeza.

Shortly thereafter, Swallows leftback Mayinga was lucky to stay on the field after a horrendous tackle on Gerald Sibeko.

Slowly, the Birds came back in the game, creating a few opportunities. The best chance came in the 29th minute for Swallows striker James Chamanga, but Chiefs goalie Itumeleng Khune saved brilliantly.

One minute later, however, the Zambian striker did not miss, scoring the equaliser from short range after fine work by Sandile Ndlovu. It was Chamanga’s 14th goal of the season.

The Birds could have gone 2-1 up late in the second half, but Bevan Fransman’s shot landed on the crossbar and the half ended 1-1.

Five minutes into the second half, Khenyeza got an opportunity to score Amakhosi’s second goal, but the striker waited too long, giving Swallows goalie Etafia time to intervene.

Thereafter, the Birds created the better chances. Khune, however, was in great form and was correctly selected as the Man of the Match.

The Bafana goalie stopped Chamanga from scoring in a one-on-one situation, and a while later stretched to his left corner to block a Lefa Tsutsulupa long-distance shot from going in.

Then Siphiwe Tshabalala, who had a poor afternoon, was clumsily handled by keeper Goodman Mazibuko while dribbling just outside the Swallows box, and the resulting penalty was coolly slotted in by Chiefs centre-back Jonathan Quartey.

Ian Gorowa brought in two changes to attempt the equaliser, Phiri for Mark Haskins and Evans Gwekwerere for Japhet Zwane, but Swallows’ attacking efforts were thwarted when Mayinga was sent off in the 80th minute as a result of receiving his second yellow.

Substitute Thuso Phala scored the third for Chiefs in the 83rd minute, to take the score to 3-1 – not a true reflection of the evenly-balanced match.

Swallows claimed a penalty when Chamanga was brought down in the box by Amakhosi's leftback Onismor Bhasera, but, to the annoyance of Birds coach Gorowa, the referee decided against it.

“I don't think the Chiefs’ penalty should have been given,” Gorowa stated afterwards. “However, Chiefs have to be in the Top Eight, so things like this can be expected.”

Previous comments on this story...

Anonymous
posted: 05:43 pm
Good luck amakhosi kodwa hawu qha .
Anonymous
posted: 05:43 pm
chiefs won 7 games,1st n 2nd half of de season which equals 7 wins by major's santos in 2nd of de season only lol......,anyway khosi 4 lyf
Anonymous
posted: 05:43 pm
Halala Amakhosi, Lets get ready for Sundowns now. I wish we could give them what we gave Swallows cos they talk too much.
Anonymous
posted: 05:44 pm
Lucky win for khosi .
Anonymous
posted: 05:45 pm
Chiefs deserved to win, penalty not given to Swallows well they just crying over spilt milk, either way they would have lost to Chiefs....Khosi for Life...next in line SUNDOWNS, i see Motsepe's millions decrease even further after losing MTN sponsorship.......remember our problem has always been not scoring GOALS, we are currently putting them in, expect more next season... need i remind you..."JOSE TORREALBA"
Anonymous
posted: 05:47 pm
i now predict that pirates will start getting points because they hate to be surpassed by amakhosi if they draw their next game i guarantee amakhosi will level buck with points and this means there will be competion between the two of who will finish ahead of the other...
Anonymous
posted: 05:47 pm
Madube mama i dnt c chifs beating sdwns next match, nizokhala .
Anonymous
posted: 05:49 pm
Mpahleni: THE SAME LUCK YOU TALKING ABOUT IS THE ONE THAT HAS ELUDED CHIEFS hence we now sitting with 12 draws, have you checked OUR goals against??....we have the best defence currently with Khune being the CORNERSTONE.
Anonymous
posted: 05:51 pm
Ekse man thebe, i think u r happy man khosi win today baba, but hey sandawana is waiting for u baba .
Anonymous
posted: 05:53 pm
GOOD move by coach taking out Fabian, no disrespect to him but i think he cracks towards the end of the game....mistake that costs us in nedbank cup? KHENYEZA keep them goals coming boy!!!!
Anonymous
posted: 05:54 pm
goodluck amakhosi...will see what happens next weekend againts sundowns..they cant do double againts chiefs i swear..they will remain in top 13 till end of season
Anonymous
posted: 05:54 pm
GOOD move by coach taking out Fabian, no disrespect to him but i think he cracks towards the end of the game....mistake that costs us in nedbank cup? KHENYEZA keep them goals coming boy!!!!
Anonymous
posted: 05:56 pm
Hola leo, u r leo that i know, u r gal ne, yes or know, tha last time i chat to u we were talking about leopard and lovers article, yes or no, moja fine .
Anonymous
posted: 05:58 pm
it doesn't strike twice, Sundowns you better start concentrating on your CUP games, its your turn now to feel being out of top 8
Anonymous
posted: 06:01 pm
Good win for Chiefs & hard luck to Moroka Elders, as for Khune "he is the best keeper in the PSL at the moment" & Mabhuti is keeping the mouth of those who hates him shut. My only complain is why did Ertugral keep Kaizer jnr. for so long? The guy is off form and has a worse first touch.
Anonymous
posted: 06:01 pm
Chifs fan will b after mushin next week, after sdwns make beat them again, ekse da thebe can make double bro, phela trott want 2 prove samting 2 mr president, hahahahe .
Anonymous
posted: 06:05 pm
“I don't think the Chiefs’ penalty should have been given,” Gorowa stated afterwards. “However, Chiefs have to be in the Top Eight, so things like this can be expected.”
CRAP CRAP CRAP AND MORE CRAP, U BETTER START CONCENTRATING ON GETTING THINGS WITH YOUR TEAM RIGHT BROTHER, 34 GOALS AGAINST AND U START MAKING STUPID COMMENTS, IF I WERE U I WOULD BE VERY WORRIED....YOU JOB IS ON THE LINE BROER, MARK MY WORDS!!!!!!
Anonymous
posted: 06:10 pm
Mpahleni: I, Mr Kaizer Motaung and the rest of Khosi Family can clearly see Mushin's work, it has never been him, he's always done his homework, the main problem has always been our strikers not scoring goals.......and let me PROMISE U THIS win or loose against Sundowns Mushin is here to stay.
Anonymous
posted: 06:13 pm
I am confident Chiefs will beat Sun flowers next week, the coach only needs to work on our middlefield. We are only good when we have ball & struggle turn over the possession. This brings me to the role of Gerald Sibeko in the team. Except for taking free kicks I really fail to understand what is he doing in the field. If they can allow Sunflowers the space then like they did against Elders today, we will be punished. Also Simphiwe & Mathebula should help out with defending,they are exposing Tau & Bhasera.
Anonymous
posted: 06:20 pm
AGREE with you 100% Alfred, at some stage ithought Sibeko had been substituted untill i saw him take the free kick!!!!
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