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Kaizer Chiefs and Free State Stars draw

Posted: 5 March 2011 Time: 22:15

Kaizer Chiefs took a leaf out of the book of Soweto rivals Orlando Pirates by scoring a late, late goal to salvage a 1-1 draw in their League match against Free State Stars at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane on Saturday night.

Ea Lla Koto looked set to claim a 'smash and grab' win after Madoda Motha had put them 1-0 up with just a few minutes of regulation time remaining, but Siphiwe Tshabalala scored in the fourth minute of injury time to level the game.

However, the result is a fourth successive draw for Amakhosi, whose title hopes are slipping away. If Pirates defeat Bloemfontein Celtic tomorrow, then they will have opened up a six-point gap on their arch rivals.

Chiefs made five changes from their 0-0 draw in midweek with Vasco da Gama, the most notable of which saw captain Jimmy Tau and left-sided midfielder Siphiwe Tshabalala return from suspension and injury respectively.

Stars' changes included the return of Noah Chivuta and Tebelo Mofokeng to the starting line-up, while midfield anchor Paulus Masehe was still missing due to suspension after his sending off against Ajax Cape Town last weekend.

After a quiet opening, the Amakhosi began to gain the ascendancy in the midfield battle and created a couple of half chances in the first 30 minutes. Knowledge Musona and unlikely goal scorer Thomas Sweswe both had long range shots that were not too far off target.

On-loan striker Stanton Lewis, making just his second start for Chiefs, was the first to produce a save from Ea Lla Koto ‘keeper Kennedy Mweene, but his 32nd minute shot from the right side of the penalty area was easily collected by the Zambian.

Mweene was on hand to frustrate Lewis again about ten minutes later, with the striker trying an improvised back-heel shot after Punch Masenamela's low cross deflected slightly behind the striker's run.

Chiefs created the first clear chance of the second half but Musona pulled his 53rd minute shot wide of Mweene's right-hand post. To be fair to the Zimbabwean striker, he was unlikely to have scored from what was a difficult angle.

Stars' best chances tended to be created from set pieces, such as when substitute Mpho Makola struck a wicked free kick just wide of Itumeleng Khune's left upright in the 58th minute.

On 64 minutes the hosts had a good chance when a sublime pass from Reneilwe Letsholonyane put Jimmy Tau into a great position to create a goal – the right-back's low cross was only half cleared and the ball fell for Musona, who sliced an effort wide of the mark under pressure from Mweene.

Just over ten minutes later, Stars were lucky not to concede a penalty when Madoda Motha tangled with Tau in the box. Television replays suggested that the substitute had impeded Tau's run, but referee Abdul Ebrahim waved away Chiefs' appeals for a spot kick.

With the game seemingly destined to end a goalless stalemate, Stars stunned the hosts and silenced the majority of the large crowd in the venue when Motha headed home from a corner kick in the 86th minute.

Chiefs looked set for defeat, but Tshabalala showed some great composure in the box to stab home a shot in the 94th minute, thereby earning the home team a share of the spoils.

The goal also denied Stars a first ever home and away ‘double' over Amakhosi, after winning the first round match between the teams 1-0 earlier this season.

Previous comments on this story...

Anonymous
posted: 10:23 pm
Pirates should be given the trophy now,its obvious they are the champions. Why wait until the last game?
Anonymous
posted: 10:23 pm
1.Guess who was celebrating a draw? 2. Guess who is on position 3 ? Amakhosikazi aka kaizerbel - less yadi yada more ..........
Anonymous
posted: 10:29 pm
Oh tough Makhosi,I really feel sorry for you! But a point at death its bad,maybe it will boost your morale!maybe,maybe just maybe.
Anonymous
posted: 10:30 pm
Mr editor u shld say chips droped another 2 points & relegated to 3 position which wld last 4 24 hours. They run lyk headless chickens & are not 4 championship material.
Anonymous
posted: 10:32 pm
We plyd very well bt @ lst we were punishd frm our stupid mistakes @ de bck.It's tym 2 buy Sangweni/Gould or Mabitsela.eish bolo!
Anonymous
posted: 10:32 pm
The self proclaimed team by a lunatic who think with his ball.s n hunt teams with one leg is consistant with draws like they r going out of fashion.

Hey u amatalkatives the day u stop running ur loud,wide,filthy mouths is the day u will get results,,,,,,,,,,,,,how many times have we told u tht ur pathetic salad fc is average?????

If u dnt believe tht ur stupid salad iss full of average players nna hake tse jwale,,,,,,,,i heard u Vicky asking where the ref is frm,,kekekekekeke,,,,,,,,,ho thata bannaaaaaaaaaaaaa ko Salad fc.
Anonymous
posted: 10:33 pm
fack!...i refuse to celebrate draw like poridge fc !.....we are out of it...ther is no way we can win da league with dat kind of perfomance!..no ways!....v.v is a good coach and ther is nothing he can do if players are not perfoming!
Anonymous
posted: 10:33 pm
Correction
A point at death is not bad!
Anonymous
posted: 10:35 pm
i throw the towel, we won't win the championship.
Anonymous
posted: 10:36 pm
Sphiwe is lyk Juju,plys shit the whole 90mins bt gt a goal..anywy congra Makhasikazi on jo victory lol
Anonymous
posted: 10:36 pm
im a khosi die hard but it's clear my team is not gonna win d championship unless pirates loses 2 games nd chiefs win all ade remaining which will neva happen. Our coach shudnt b scared 2 sub musona cod he is not at his best right nw. We have n outside chance so im gonna rally behind my team until d 21 may 2011. I love khosi nd d nation of gold n black
Sos
posted: 10:36 pm
i'm so disappointed at chiefs poor showing, especially in front of that huge support from polokwane...i give up!

LOVE & PEACE...GOLD & BLACK
Anonymous
posted: 10:37 pm
We win 2moro Chips fans comit suicide
Anonymous
posted: 10:38 pm
Nxa!!!!! Draw Specialists. VladiDraw VermezoDraw Lmao!!!!
Anonymous
posted: 10:39 pm
Fans must pay R5 to watch chips games & R150 4 mighty Bucs. Back to the game, Itumeleng Khune conceds goals every game & every week! V V does not have plan B, but offsite trap with players running lyk headless chickens. Musona must 4get golden boot award! Up the Bucs!
21 Guns Salute
posted: 10:39 pm
Hard Luck bafazi you were denied a clear penalty by the ref but remember that is karma. What goes around... *feleletsang why le didmitse, le dimumu nah*???

Remember the derby and Sweswe???
Anonymous
posted: 10:40 pm
Where is the ref frm Fc celebrated a draw like a bunch of pre school students yet they were talking too much when celebrated staying on top lask weekend,,,,,

Wht were u celebrating for,being at position 3???????realy times r hard at salad fc but hake le utlwele bohloko bcos u always win game here at KickOff,,,,,

Where is the ref from,,,,,,,,,,classic one frm the speacial one,,,,,kekekekekekekeke,,,,,,maybe u want to bring ur own refs frm Serbia.
Sweyts',)
posted: 10:41 pm
Hard luck Makhosi, laughing at you would be childish because a point is better than nothing....Shabba's left-toe is fantastic. mh.
Anonymous
posted: 10:43 pm
At least we drew against 3 teams that wipe our ass and I hope beat or get a point as well against Ajax. Gud like 2 all teams playing 2moro
Anonymous
posted: 10:43 pm
hahaha.....Draw fc did it again.....hehehe
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