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Kaizer Chiefs win, Mpumalanga Black Aces relegated

Posted: 16 April 2011 Time: 22:21

Jimmy Tau again scored his second vital goal of the Premiership season as ten-man Kaizer Chiefs defeated Mpumalanga Black Aces 2-0 at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on Saturday night.

The other goal was scored by Knowledge Musona. Chiefs played with 10-men in the second half when Valery Nahayo was sent off.

The result is an important one at both ends of the log. Amakhosi have moved into second place on goal difference and are very much in the title race, while Aces are now sure to finish bottom of the standings and their relegation has been mathematically confirmed.

Chiefs started brightly and almost took the lead in the third minute – Knowledge Musona helped a cross toward goal and Denis Onyango needed to make a sharp reaction save to keep the ball out of the net.

The Aces goalkeeper was called on to make a couple more saves in the opening minutes, denying Abia Nale and Punch Masenamela, while Mthokozisi Yende hit a thunderous drive just over the crossbar in the 17th minute.

After weathering the early storm, AmaZayoni looked relatively comfortable in defence. Chiefs certainly dominated the midfield battle and enjoyed a far greater share of the possession, but they were unable to create the kind of attacking opportunities that they did in the first quarter hour or so.

Aces created only one chance in the first half, but it was a good one – striker Mpho Maleka sprinted free down the right of the penalty area and struck a low shot on target that called Itumeleng Khune into action for the first time.

After a goalless first 45 minutes, Chiefs opted to reinforce their attacking options by introducing striker Sthembiso Ngcobo in place of Yende at the start of the second half, and left-winger George Lebese in place of Nale ten minutes later.

On the hour mark Onyango again frustrated the Chiefs supporters who had made the trip north to Polokwane, punching away a fierce shot from Musona as the Soweto side began to up the pressure on their opponents.

However, on 65 minutes they were reduced to ten men. Maleka threatened to sprint free on goal and central defender Valery Nahayo blatantly hauled down the Aces striker. As it was a clear and cynical denial of a goal scoring opportunity, referee Robert Sithole had no choice but to show Nahayo a straight red card.

Yet despite going a man down, Chiefs broke the deadlock in the 73rd minute. A slip from Fabian McCarthy in the penalty area allowed Jimmy Tau to square a pass for Lebese; Onyango denied the winger from close range but the ball fell kindly for Tau, who stroked it home to make it 1-0.

The Amakhosi’s lead was almost very short lived – just three minutes after Tau’s goal, Maleka was handed a one-on-one scoring chance but Khune made a brave block at the attacker’s feet to keep his team’s advantage intact.

After Lebese had almost doubled Chiefs’ advantage – hitting the post after brilliantly rounding Onyango – it was Musona who made sure of the win for the Soweto giants in the second minute of injury time, using his skill and speed to skin Warren Bishop before beating Onyango with an angled shot.

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 10:24 pm
goodbye aces n hope not 2 c u again in our league
posted: 10:26 pm
Ths league is going to Naturena.
posted: 10:29 pm
we lost a team in mpumalanga particular emalahleni....

All in all aces diserved it,dem n their management sucks big time
posted: 10:30 pm
Chiefs have won the same number of games, drew same number of games and lost one more than pirates. I am afraid of chiefs.
posted: 10:32 pm
sori aces it ws nt our intention
posted: 10:32 pm
shapa khosi shapa kodwa i black aces ngivela buhlungu ngoba abakhaya
posted: 10:35 pm
well done makhosi.what a match, what a league. aces, remember u survived for two seasons thru the unfair play off system. not this time. makhosi, please focus harder now... k4l.
posted: 10:36 pm
who is off form? Who is out of da league race?..... @fong king wat is da prediction for our next game?......

Them pie city idiots are angry and sad like it is their pap team that got thrashed!....it is not over until the fat lady sings!...u celebrated the league title in february but u didnt open any gap!...now i undestand why captain okapi wanted it to end then..........
posted: 10:42 pm
Lord knows plenty will sleep heart broken by the win, Lord knows they are not going to move from the 3rd position tomorrow. Guess is not too late for that single molt after all. Thanx Khosi
posted: 10:43 pm
Chief z on fire,mosana z bck agin,shapa lekhozi shapa.w wnt de title
posted: 10:43 pm
I very happy that Kaizer Chiefs hav won the game but they must try to imrove their scoring opportunities.
posted: 10:44 pm
Thanx GOD we have won,gudby aces i hope ur gone 4gud ur manegment run that team lyk marabastad stores and pls bring back our DvD.Khosi til phalafala ella
posted: 10:46 pm
Sundowns u better b scare coz we cumin 4 u
Bofolla Safety Belt Reja Joy Makhosi
posted: 10:46 pm
Well done Makhosi. Aces you guys had to be kicked out either way. And how well it was done by PSL 2010/2011 in waiting.

Yes! Sleep on it. We are gonna rewritte the whole PSL 2010/2011 season with the last 3 games.

Khosi 4ever and 4lyf. Amen!
posted: 10:48 pm
Nothing personal Aces,it had to come.Congratulations Mpofana! Makwande let yo winning formula continue until the end.
posted: 10:50 pm
Nne ndo takala - Mash-do o takala - Musona o takala. Na Tau o takala... Shapa Khosi Shapa!!!!!!
posted: 10:50 pm
Nahayo tnx 4 commiting dat foul who knws wat was go happen had aces scored on da brk.well done chiefs.
posted: 10:51 pm
thanx to Nahayo, maleka was going 2score n it was going 2b difficult to come back
posted: 10:53 pm
Dis team hahaha! Man down or man up Chiefs will always be Chiefs, thank Makhosi amahle abafana bokuthula noxolo. Whose number 3 and 4 now, shapa khosi shapa.
posted: 10:53 pm
chimps vs sunclowns
chimps vs ajax
chimps vs amazulu

now u tel me then dat chimps is on fire if thy win coz its a must win gamez then tebotouch will bliv you...nt unorganised mvela teams like aces

pirates vs plat,stars
pirates vs ssu
pirates vs santos
pirates vs golden arrows

u tell me wch team is gonna take da league!!!bt certainly not chimps

this was infact chimps last victory of 2010/2011 season
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