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Posted: 2 May 2012 Time: 22:05

Kaizer Chiefs ended their four-game losing streak and at the same time all but handed archrivals Orlando Pirates the League title following a 2-0 defeat of Mamelodi Sundowns at Soccer City on Wednesday evening.

Second half goals from Sthembiso Ngcobo and Siphiwe Tshabalala was just reward for an excellent performance after the break – and for coaching staff of Doctor Khumalo and Ace Khuse who had come in for lots of stick.

Johan Neeskens surprised by starting with Teko Modise and Elias Pelembe on the bench, but it didn’t seem to hamper The Brazilians too much as they quickly got into their stride.

Baring an early chance for Sthembiso Ngcobo, Sundowns had the better of the opening exchanges and should have opened the scoring when Lebohang Mokoena picked out Themba Zwane with a pin-point cross, only for the youngster to fluff his lines and spurn the golden opportunity.

Slowly but surely Chiefs started to find their feet and after Bernard Parker had a shot from a tight angle blocked, a moment of controversy followed on the half-hour mark.

Referee Daniel Bennett awarded a soft free-kick just outside the area for Wayne Sandilands’ supposed foul on Lucky Baloyi, though replays suggested the incident happened well inside the 18-yard box.

Parker misdirected a header shortly afterwards before Sundowns regained the upper-hand for the remainder of the half, though they were limited to long-range efforts from Hlompo Kekana, Walter Maponyane and Mokoena.

Reneilwe Letsholonyane came on at the start of the second half, and he proved to be the tonic Chiefs needed.

Baring an early chance for Mokoena which Itumeleng Khune saved with his legs, it was all Amakhosi, who took the lead on 58 minutes courtesy of a Wayne Sandilands howler.

The goalkeeper ran out to clear a long pass from Tshabalala, but completely missed the ball, which dropped to Ngcobo. Even then Siyanda Xulu still had a chance to clear, but the Chiefs striker got the better of the young defender and slotted into an empty net.

Five minutes later and it should have been 2-0 – Chiefs went on the counter-attack and Tshabalala played in Bernard Parker, but Sandilands redeemed himself with an excellent reflex save.

With 20 minutes to go ‘Shabba’ himself was denied by another sharp Sandilands save, but there was to be no denying the dreadlocked midfielder with two minutes remaining as he ran onto a long ball and found the back of the net off the inside of the post.

The result leave Sundowns three points behind Pirates, with a tough Tshwane Derby against SuperSport United still to come.

Ryan Cooper

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Previous comments on this story...

Anonymous
posted: 10:25 pm
Well done KINGMAKERS the Mamelodi DOUBLE fades while the Orlando TREBLE sparkles
Anonymous
posted: 10:25 pm
The legue race is still on until the 19 May. Sundowns are still in the race
El Kampion
posted: 10:25 pm
I saw Swetys with a blue hat very disappointed, CHOKERS CHOKERS AT THEIR BEST

NOW ZEBRAS U CAN GO BACK TO LOOSING I DONT CARE

BLACK N WHITE DNA
Anonymous
posted: 10:26 pm
CHOKERS! CHOKERS! CHOKERS!
deBuc
posted: 10:26 pm
Thanks very much Kaizer Chiefs. U dd it against Ajax last session n u dd it again. Siyabonga!!!
Anonymous
posted: 10:26 pm
neeskens got it wrong tonight, we were simply not good enough and we were second to every ball. Its over masandawana. We tried. Thats football for you. Losing a game is painful, but this one ranks among the worst of losses
Anonymous
posted: 10:26 pm
plz people shud stop sayn chips did bucs a favour mnxaa wat favour coz this waz all bout bein in tha top8 nd pride here its one man 4 himself nd god 4 us all viva bucs viva period
F 4 LIFE
posted: 10:27 pm
Kaizer Chiefs our Home boys they hv did for us this year jst like last year when they beat Ajax 4-0. Thank family Busns fc you are de Busns dat I can put money on it. I love Zim FC it’s really a gambling scheme, all u need in dis team is not 2 support them jst GAMBLE over them.
Anonymous
posted: 10:27 pm
Shi*t. Sundom's mbamba drinking coach gave the match away. Sunclowns you blew it big tym. I really wanted u to win. Our makeshift coaches started with a really silly line-up and still u were outplayed. In the end I wished we hammered you 4-0 for being so Dom. What was ur coach thinking playing amateurs lyk Maponyane and leaving the lyks of Modise n Pelembe out.
deBuc
posted: 10:28 pm
I feel sorry 4 Mr Motsepe! Killer came on n dd nothing!! Huge salaries but no results.
Anonymous
posted: 10:28 pm
Where is the yellow gap?????
Anonymous
posted: 10:28 pm
Ikhona lamfene uYeye bazakunya asipinde sityiwe ngoku
KING?
posted: 10:28 pm

CELTICS in deep trouble in Orlando Stadium

Sundowns will be knocked out of NedBANK,

Chiefs remain average - YEYE,Shabba n Khune good players
Anonymous
posted: 10:29 pm
what,s the use cos they will lose the next game. Still bhaka juju 4the lig.
deBuc
posted: 10:29 pm
Wena twosome tsa mo kaka Sani
Anonymous
posted: 10:29 pm
Hey wena Rayn jou bustard wat does nonsense had 2 do with de Galaxy how many times must we told u dat we dn't need any favour 4rm anyone, anyway Sion fc finish off dat nonsense team, welcome back YeYe
Anonymous
posted: 10:29 pm
Remember what I said. KC did it against Ajax for OPFC last season. What will deter them from repeating it against CHOKERS for OPFC?

CHOKERS will remain CHOKERS. This team will remain cursed and we all know why...TEKOLOSHI!
Anonymous
posted: 10:29 pm
Thanx Chiefs now its up to my team Pirates to clinch the league.
Anonymous
posted: 10:30 pm
Sondom fc don't come with tendancy of our bad record in a previous games!! Halala makhosipirates halala!! Bosso ke mang?
deBuc
posted: 10:30 pm
Ka Bo yellow hai hai hai ka Bo yellow hai hai hai ka Bo yellow masandawana
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