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Collins Mbesuma takes Golden Arrows through in Telkom Knockout

Posted: 25 October 2011 Time: 21:20

A solitary goal from Collins Mbesuma handed Golden Arrows a 1-0 win over SuperSport United in the Telkom Knockout on Tuesday night.

It was the first loss of the season for SuperSport, and the first away win for a team in this year's Telkom Knockout.

Both teams tried to find their feet while making as few mistakes as possible, making for a rather cagey opening 20 minutes, with neither side looking threatening in attack.

In the 21st minute Mbesuma's striker's instinct came to the fore, and he sneaked in front of his marker at the front post to turn home a low Siyabonga Nkosi cross from the right, from only a couple of yards out.

The goal came somewhat against the run of play, as the home side were controlling matters in the middle of the park, but the resolute Arrows defence kept them at bay.

In fact, SuperSport's only real chance of the half came in the 24th minute when a slip in defence by Robyn Johannes allowed Mame Niang some space on the edge of the box, but the Matsatsantsa striker's stinging shot was superbly saved by Helton da Rocha, diving low to his left to palm the ball away.

United had the better of the possession in the first 45, but seemed to lack imagination in attack.

In stark contrast, however, Arrows grabbed their only chance of the stanza with both hands.

The second half was more of the same as SuperSport applied a mountain of pressure on the Arrows goal, but struggled to find a way through the well organised Abafana Bes'thende defence.

United's only decent chance of the second half came 11 minutes after the restart when Bryce Moon's deep cross from the right found Anthony Laffor unmarked at the back post, but his header from six yards out went wide.

That was as close as SuperSport came to finding an equaliser and as they continued to push forward they left themselves exposed at the back and Mbesuma should really have punished them in the 77th minute.

The Zambian burst away on the counter attack, driving down the right flank before working his way into the box and shooting from just inside the 18-yard area, but his effort just skimmed the wrong side of the crossbar.

Luckily for Mbesuma his side were not made to pay for that glaring miss, and Arrows become the only KwaZulu-Natal side left in the Cup.

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Previous comments on this story...

TGM@downs
posted: 09:48 pm
Well done Arrows n all the best going forward u might need it along the way,lol
Champjuju
posted: 09:55 pm
Ntofontofo!! Ja this is the beginning of the end for another high flyer,only waitng on swallows now. Jujus get ready cause all these early pace setters are all but finnish now, it's time for us to get going now ,collecting as many points as we can (i mean no more losses) before year end cause next year we will be the busiest club in the whole of africa, winning champions league, league and nedbank (while mtn8, telkom are already resting at desired destination) MAYFAIR. CHIEVES FOR TREBLE OF MACOWFES? TL TL TL TL, HA KWA KWA KWA. NICE.
Gucci Man
posted: 09:57 pm
SSU wants the league not these trophies .
This is the team to watch this season.

Last season the played kak football but now they're back .
Anonymous
posted: 09:58 pm
This go against my sportstake bet I mst say though Mbesuma need to return to Chiefs
Gucci Man
posted: 10:09 pm
ZakheleT : 2011-10-25 21:58 [ Report ]

Mfwethu ....I don't think Bobby will do that......
For the past 4 yrs we've been struggling to sign Erwin Issacs,
We can't get Sifiso Myeni ......

I guess we have to continue supporting the current crop even though some of them are already demotivated , some less talented , dont deserves to play for us.
Anonymous
posted: 10:12 pm
Matsatsantsa where is Nyondo?
Anonymous
posted: 10:22 pm
I say it again:This cup is going to a replica of last season's Nedbank cup where by the mighty Bucs will be forced to play a very weak team in the final nd easily win it without sweating.Sunflops out,Zebras out,S Sport out then whos gona stop the mighty Bucs?Among zebras who is still arguing that we can win this cup and defend what is ours?
Anonymous
posted: 10:23 pm
Bucs and Birds 4de final.
Anonymous
posted: 10:38 pm
Im not sure whether all psl...,tzotzo,fistos,phemela,sputlaldhino,mickel,amkhosi and all the other idiots i did not list here have already joined their Hollard burial society for obvious reason.
Anonymous
posted: 10:52 pm
Wena Michael thats why you praised Sifiso Myeni when he turned down a sunflop offer because you are having wet dreams about him?Anyway Dr Khoza is watching him aod i think its every player's wish to be a champion.
makuya
posted: 10:54 pm
No more tswane(pitoria cup this days-sunkuku is out
-Matsatsa is out
Anonymous
posted: 11:07 pm
I smell something golden,more than a treble this season.
Ndoda Emnyama
posted: 11:55 pm
What an easy cup for the mighty Champions, So the Iron Duke and the Team dont want to loose even 1 Cup this Season? This is not fair to other Kids like abo Gucci Boys !!! but any way Football was Mastered in Mayfair not in Natulawayo or Sunclowns (Kabo Yello and Gold)feathers of a same bird flies together.

Mr Editor why did you not show all the yello cards collected by Metsi Metsi FC/SSU or your heart was so painful that your hope was shuttered when SSU was botted out thinking they will STOP Bucs?. Once and always
Anonymous
posted: 05:33 am
d feared zcc team iz no mo.sharpa bhakazuzu sharpaaaaa!swallows vs pirates n d final
Anonymous
posted: 08:32 am
Football mastered in brazil not mayfair dnt lair 2 us
DTC until Chips win CAF Champions League
posted: 10:10 am
I watched the game on SS4 yesternight. Mbesuma looks more like a player now. He has lost more weight n can run tirelessly. Arrows is going to give many teams a hiding. I wish my team (Bucs) win this tournament but my dark horses are Moroka Swallows! UP THE BUCS!!
DTC until Chips win CAF Champions League
posted: 10:15 am
I watched the game yesternight on SS4. Mbesuma looks like a real player now. he has lost more weight n can run tirelessly throughout the game. He is a predator. I wish my team (Bucs) win this one but my dark horses are Moroka Swallows. Bravo to Chiefs' fans for coming in their numbers to the stadium even though I am not sure which team they supported. Daine Klate n his daughter were on the stands too; (does he still have a soft spot for Supersport UTD?).
galaxyofstars
posted: 11:47 am
Ezase Afroz/Durban..congrats Abafana Besthende.

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