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Chiefs hold Santos to draw

Posted: 26 April 2008 Time: 21:38

Santos have lost ground in the Absa Premiership title race as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Kaizer Chiefs at the Absa Stadium in Durban on Saturday night.

The Cape Town side could have closed the gap at the top of the table to just two points behind city rivals Ajax and Supersport United, but instead are four points adrift with four games to play.

It was a game of firsts as Tawonga Chimodzi scored his first goal for Santos just before halftime, before Mokete Tsotetsi replied with his first for Chiefs 15 minutes into the second half.

The home side made the brighter start, but it was their young goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune who prevented them from going behind on 23 minutes. A cross from Romano Scott was met brilliantly by Chimodzi, whose point-blank shot was brilliantly saved by the Bafana Bafana stopper.

It was a rare chance in a first half that saw both defenses on top, but Amakhosi did have efforts through Mabhuti Khenyeza and David Mathebula, both of which went wide.

The breakthrough finally came just a minute before halftime when the lively Chimodzi found space in the box after great work by Eleazar Rodgers and fired home from six yards past a despairing Khune.

Fabian McCarthy forced a good save from Wayne Roberts in the visitors’ goal with a header from close-range, while Khenyeza did likewise with a flick from barely three yards out.

But the equaliser did come on 60 minutes when Mathebula’s excellent set-piece from the right was powerfully met with his head by Tsotetsi, who left Roberts with no chance.

McCarthy almost scored a winner when his header at the back post flashed across goal and shaved the opposite up-right, while Kaizer Motaung Jnr should have made a better connection with his header which might have sealed the points for the home side.

Roberts then made a fine save from Arthur Zwane, while Motaung Jnr shot wide as Santos hung on desperately in the final few minutes.

Chiefs’ players then believed they should have won a penalty as the ball struck the arm of Musa Otieno, but referee Jonas Nhlapo waved away their protests.

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 09:48 pm
this was absolutely the best game of the season ..better than derby
posted: 10:04 pm
It entirely depends on which derby you are talking about. Maybe TRZ-AMAZULU game, but definately not soweto nor tshwane
posted: 10:10 pm
this is not gud at all , we draw again, yeses,
posted: 10:25 pm
Dis was a boring game ever, i've b'een never watch a boring match like dis, chifs suck a lot .
posted: 10:27 pm
Refree was on chiefs site kahlekahle .
posted: 10:32 pm
How the mighty have fallen... Chiefs holds Santos to a draw... Is this supposed to be a credit to Santos or to Chiefs???
posted: 03:33 am
if this was chiefs that everybody knows..i mean the history chiefs..the head line would be santos hold chiefs to a draw but just because its this chiefs under mushin..the head line suit chiefs..i salute the writer..chiefs hold santos to a draw
posted: 04:13 am
Fe real thebe,i salute de author too.
chips e ya rona ke mathata,mme le gale re tla nna re wa re tsoga le yone.
posted: 06:42 am
nna ke lekhosi le leholo..i was listening to this game online from thobelaFM.CO.ZA..and to the way Connie was comentating this game i felt like it was a good game..so for you guys home if it wasnt then what about the headline..Chiefs hold santos to a draw..isnt supposed to be Santos hold chiefs to a draw..now i feel like something is wrong with chiefs's supremety..is Santos now the big gun and chiefs shortgun..by the way amakhosi a mantle nna ke a itse le africa borwa ya itse gore once we rule everycup is ours,everykickoff coverpage it will be a chiefs player,every soccerladuma coverpage chiefs player,everyplayer will want to be part of chiefs family..by the way its late now have to sleep..chiefs hold santos to draw..ke mathata
posted: 07:02 am
posted: 08:26 am
posted: 09:05 am
It looks like we are not going to make it to top 8 AGAIN.
Def Squad
posted: 09:52 am
gon r ddayz wen evrything was refered in the perspectiv of chiefz or pirates, listen, "CHIEFS HOLD SANTOS" Yoh!!! it makes me wanna....
posted: 01:59 pm
Santos played defensively but were impressive goin' forward. Though Chips dominated most of the second hlf they failed to break Santos defence marshalled by Otieno, Wayne Arendse (my man of the match), Makonese, Roberts in goals and my homie Marvin Oakes.
posted: 07:03 pm
Patric ke mokgatla papa from mochudi just that i like chiefs..but Santos foreva ke a e rata le yona ...mme fa e tshameka le chiefs ..i do go for chiefs..fa e tshameka le pierats and the rest the future foreva..is bright ba a itse makhosi le bona
posted: 03:02 am
I dont wanna see Chiefs relegated.
posted: 11:17 am
They robed us a clear penalty but next time guys its the beautiful game of foot ball things like this happen. Totetsi must pull -up his socks how a national team player makes silly errors like he made the whole game, he was making mistakes i think he should be beached for 4 Games so he can learn a lesson we cant afford things like that on our team. this is professional standards and its a Big team so he must not forget himself and this goes to the others like Kaizer Junior.
posted: 11:58 am
Chiefs played really well keeping possession and passing the ball nicely. That is a very good turnaround from the Chiefs of Mazinyo and Mhsin's Chief of the first round.
The problem lies mainly with the players. Some players are bad decision makers when they have the ball. Talk of football brains. I always wonder when people label Mathebula a star. Quick and tricky footwork do not translate to star. In my opinion Mathebula and Khenyeza are very inefficient - bad first touch and loose possession more than any other player. The same can be said about Kaizer Jnr and Thuso Phala.
Arthur Zwane may be a veteran but he still got the class in him. Ever heard of the phrase "form is temporary but class is permanent".
My overall assessment is that Muhsin while a good coach, shoots himself in the foot by putting emphasis on speedy and nippy players. If his shopping list for next season comprise this sort of players, he can forget league success. Speed is crucial but the players Chiefs have are inefficient ala Mathebula, Phala and Khenyeza.
posted: 12:24 pm
The sooner Kaizer wakes up to the reality that Mushin has an ability to play good football (some days) and fails to score (mostly) the better. This season, Kaizer Chiefs' scoring record in all games including wins and the defensive record is a case in point. This team is a shadow of its former self. It needs at the very least two strikers but unfortunately i know not of any whose contracts are about to expire the team is not accustomed to buying. Lest i be lambasted and labeled a Pirates or Sundowms fan who hates Kaizer Chiefs, let me hasten to suggest i am not, I am rather so Kaizer Chiefs but i am not in denial.
posted: 08:17 am
I beg to differ... the headline is another pathetic to credit for anything, even if it means elevating Santos to this unbeatable giant. The author is simply trying to tell us that a draw was not a bad result for Chiefs...how pathetic...

I remember a headline two seasons back after Chiefs played a draw with some team, and it read:"Chiefs boost their chances of winning the title"... how laughable...

I'm starting to believe that some journalists are paid to write good stories about Chiefs, otherwise there is no other way to fathom this delusional desire to protect the Chiefs brand from any form of negative reporting...even when they play kak...
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