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Maritzburg United down Mpumalanga Black Aces

Posted: 7 January 2011 Time: 22:07

Diyo Sibisi struck just before the hour mark to hand Maritzburg United a vital 1-0 win over Mpumalanga Black Aces at Harry Gwala Stadium on Friday evening, a major boost to their hopes of avoiding relegation from the Absa Premiership.

AmaZayoni, however, have now lost six successive games and new coach Paul Dolezar could well find his tenure beginning with his team slumping to the bottom of the standings if last-placed Moroka Swallows avoid defeat in their match with Free State Stars on Saturday evening.

Both sides handed debuts to new signings right from the first whistle: Maritzburg fielded Gert Schalkwyk in midfield, while Aces started with Thabang Rooi, David Mathebula, Benedict Vilakazi and Lethola Mofokeng.

The home team dominated the early exchanges, with Schalkwyk and Rudolph Bester both trying their hands with long range efforts, though neither troubled Aces goalkeeper Francis Chansa.

However, on 20 minutes Chansa was forced into a terrific save to keep his side on level terms, tipping a shot from Maritzburg defender David Booysen over the crossbar.

Aces were forced into a first half change when Mathebula, making his first start of the season after warming the bench at Kaizer Chiefs, had his game ended prematurely with injury. Thokozane Khanyile came on as a substitute.

The first half ended with the teams locked at 0-0.

Aces very nearly broke the deadlock early in the second stanza, with Mpho Maleka hitting the post after meeting a fine cross from substitute right-back Thomrick October in the 53rd minute.

A short while later Fanyana Mokoena, making his debut for the Team of Choice after coming off the bench during the break, had a great chance to put the home side ahead but could only shoot straight at Chansa.

Yet United’s frustrations didn’t go on for much longer, as Diyo Sibisi opened the scoring in the 57th minute. The former Free State Stars, Mamelodi Sundowns and Ajax Cape Town striker pounced on a fine cross from attacking partner Bester and steered home a shot to make it 1-0.

The last half hour of the game saw Maritzburg up their game in an effort to get a second goal and kill off their opponents. They came close to doubling their lead in the 84th minute when Jabulani Ncubeni curled a free kick on target, but again Chansa was on hand to save Aces.

Previous comments on this story...

LUNCH BAR *obvious*
posted: 07:55 am
Voetsek man!

This team is going back to NFD.

The team is full of bench warmers from the so-called big teams.

Nx! Aces Management, Nx!
posted: 01:24 pm
Hello Dolezar! U r only here to earn a salary. It's impossible ukusukumisa indlovu ilele ngokuthi uyidonse ngamadlebe yona ingafuni. Aces is DEAD!
posted: 03:54 pm
if only the names meant something. Tso, DVD and Kanu and they still lost?
posted: 09:56 am
As i said before and i'm still on my words, Aces needed a well known African Coach to save them from the mess caused by their CEO in Mr Grune.
With due respect to Dolezer and Kungoane, the duo has no experience in saving Clubs from relegation.
Relegation is a battle which need some Coach speciality as in Coach to win the championship. To be honest, Aces should appoint either of the following Coaches if they are to survive the axe: Mr Sheppard Murape, Mr Kenny Ndlazi, Mr Styles Phumo or Major David Bright as Head Coach and as for Assistant Coach, they should consider the following Coaches: Bobie Williams, Innocent Mayoyo, John Tlale, David Nyathi or Frank Makua.
Please Aces do as i tell you, this's not only a turnaround strategy but also a prophecy.
Mr Editor, please take note of my comment and send it to Aces Management with 3 games remaining to rap up their league fixture, for reference sake.
posted: 11:32 am
Whether Aces loses or draws, one thing for sure is that players and coaches are to receive their remuneration on the last day of the month.
And if Aces gets relegated (which they will be), players and coaches will get employment elsewhere. Whereas Aces owners would have lost over R100.m investment if the Club gets relegated. And the Emalahleni Municipality would lose more than R10.m a year as well as Puma Rugby Union losing close to R2.m a year if the Club is to be relegated.
And lastly supportters of other 15 PSL residing in the Mpumalanga Province would spend more than R300.k a year to watch their Clubs in action at the stadium.
Aces owner should be bold enough to relegate the Club themselves than the Club to be relegated by Mark Grune.
Mark Grune will head back to his construction business after accomplishing his mission of relegating Aces.
George and Mariou Morfu should step up and take over the running of the Club on full time basis. While on the other hands, they deploy Mark Grune to the Club feeder team in the SAFA Vodacom Second Division League, he will make an impact!
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