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15/10/2010 20:00

John Arwuah and Morgan Shivambu at Harry Gwala Stadium

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Maritzburg United beat Moroka Swallows

Posted: 15 October 2010 Time: 21:42

Maritzburg United registered their first League win of the season after beating Moroka Swallows 1-0 at Harry Gwala Stadium on Friday night.

Diyo Sibisi scored the only goal of the night, slotting in a rebound on 65 minutes after Rudolf Bester’s shot had come back off the upright.

Swallows were reduced to 10 men just two minutes later when Georgi Nergadze was shown a straight red for a dangerous tackle – having just come on as a substitute seven minutes earlier.

The Soweto giants, who suffered the disappointment of losing in the final of the MTN8 to Orlando Pirates earlier in the month, are second from bottom after taking just one point from their first four League games. By the end of the weekend they could find themselves stone last, depending on other results.

The early stages of the game saw the sides trade long-range attempts and the first notable save arrived in the 14th minute, with Greg Etafia turning away Musa Nyatama’s drive from just outside the area.

On the half-hour mark, Etafia again denied Nyatama with a save as United looked to make home advantage count in their favour.

Five minutes before the break Maritzburg should have broken the deadlock, with Sibisi heading over the crossbar after meeting Rudolf Bester’s cross – the striker would have been disappointed to miss the target.

In the second half Etafia made fine saves to deny Bester and Felix Obada before finally being beaten in the 66th minute, with Sibisi scoring from close range after good set-up play by Obada.

Swallows tried to get themselves back in the game, but were unable to really test Maritzburg’s defence – in fact, the home side had a few chances to add to their advantage, but further good keeping from Etafia and some ropey finishing saw the score remain 1-0 in favour of United.

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 01:15 am
Zobel to join his 'friend' Jomo Sono
posted: 07:53 am
Good win guys
Swona Champ!
posted: 08:47 am
this birds dont know how to use their energy, they will be fighting relegation if they dont change their focus!
Swona Champ!
posted: 08:48 am
Caf chief Hayatou out of hospital

Issa Hayatou's health has been a source of concern in recent years
Issa Hayatou, the president of the Confederation of African Football (Caf), has left hospital after his collapse at a conference in Cairo.

The 64-year-old felt unwell on Thursday evening and was taken to hospital in the Egyptian capital for tests.

He was kept in overnight for observation.

"The condition of Hayatou is very good," Caf media director Suleiman Habuba told the BBC on Friday. "He was released today just after midday."

Habuba said Hayatou's collapse was because of stress and fatigue after the 'big effort' he had made in the last few days to prepare for the World Cup conference.

Football officials from both Fifa and Caf have been meeting at the latter's headquarters in Cairo to analyse the 2010 World Cup, the first finals to ever be staged on African soil.

"Last night, he was chatting with Fifa and Caf officials over coffee at around nine in the evening when he told them he wasn't feeling well," Habuba told the BBC.

"He was immediately taken to hospital and admitted, but was released today at 12.15."

According to Habuba, Hayatou may still attend the conference's closing ceremony later on Friday but this is still uncertain.

Hayatou, a Cameroonian national, has been Caf president for 23 years - but his health has often been a source of concern in recent years.

The Caf president is also a Fifa vice-president and was a member of the World Cup organizing committee

posted: 08:59 am
swallows relegation.
That's al m going to say..
posted: 09:27 am
What happened to the so-called "Trade mark German never-say-die attituted and will to win"?
posted: 10:58 am
Those who think Swallows r going 2b relegated this season r either afraid of us(Birds)/they had heartaches during de wafawafa final after Morgan "Muvhango" Shivambu equalised in dat game. Keep on dreaming,but "Operation Reclaim" of de Birds is still on. We r striving 4 our rightful place in de top3. Swaiswai wayawaya.
posted: 12:31 pm
These are Birds I know: FLYING INCONSISTENTLY.
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