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Premier Soccer League report: Mpumalanga Black Aces held by Bloemfontein Celtic

Posted: 25 September 2013 Time: 19:24

Mabhuti Khenyeza scored the opener and sent a message but it was not enough as Mpumalanga Black Aces drew 1-1 with Bloemfontein Celtic in the Premiership at Mbombela Stadium on Wednesday night.

Khenyeza, who is at the centre of a lengthy disciplinary dispute with the PSL, received a caution straight after his goal for lifting his shirt over his head in the celebrations, revealing a hand-written statement on his vest, which read: 'Never end?'

The ex-Ajax Cape Town forward's first-half strike, however, was cancelled out by a last-gasp equaliser from substitute Lerato Manzini.

In the opening stanza, Aces' Thabo Qalinge threatened nine minutes in, stepping in sharply from the left before flashing a shot narrowly wide of Patrick Tignyemb's goal.

Soon after, Lerato Lamola's low attempt drew a regulation save from AmaZayoni goalkeeper Bafana Nhlapo.

The hosts then tried their luck from distance via efforts from Man of the Match Clifford Ngobeni and Qalinge, while at the other end Musa Nyatama dragged a shot just across the face of goal shortly after the half-hour mark.

Aces, however, broke the deadlock eight minutes before the break through Khenyeza, who beat Tignyemb with a wonderful volley from range.

AmaZayoni suffered a set-back three minutes after the interval, as Abel Mabaso was forced off with hip flexor problem, with Vincent Kobola taking his place.

Phunya Sele Sele came agonisingly close to equalising in the 69th minute through Manzini, but he struck the cross bar with a fine header off a left-wing cross 10 minutes after replacing Vuyani Ntanga.

Manzini, though, stabbed the ball home from close range with the last kick of the game to snatch a point for his side.

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posted: 2013-09-25 17:37:16

Small teams no news here

Glamour Boy
posted: 2013-09-25 19:32:58

Sorry boys ,very bad to concede like that.

posted: 2013-09-25 20:02:31

what a game, Celtics were trying by all means to get the ball rolling but Aces was way to higher than them, the goal aces conceded was just an unlucky for them but I liked the way they transform the game from defending to attack, hope this was not just a one day thing, if the can keep their heads high, surely we have something to see this season from this good team  

posted: 2013-09-25 20:09:32

On tuesday the game was decided from the the bench, which shows the different between cv chef and sir Roger, Cv chef took Siya Nkosi off the field and killed the rythm of his team

sir Roger took off Tlou and brought Sifiso and that was the deciding factor, Fact is the zebras doesn't have a coach, that was just a one season wonder, the real Baxter lacks ideas

posted: 2013-09-26 05:28:52

If Aces is going to continue playing like they do, i don't see them relegated anytime soon. Ajax have a serious problem and it is managerial.

posted: 2013-09-26 06:05:36

I wonder how long should the Celtic technical team realise how agonising for us supporters to always watch our beloved team chase the score whenever they play. Last night, they had potent match winners on the bench until the 64th minute, but they kept the ineffective Vuyani Ntanga and Letsie Koapeng on the field while they could have easily wrapped the game in the first 45 minutes if they had played Lerato Manzini and Rodrick Mutuma from the word go. One doesn't necessarily have to have a coaching licence to analyse a game of soccer. It's high time that Larsen and co. realise that we have emotionally invested in this team and that their failing tactics are going to cost us big time in games to come. Why didn't they sign Terror Fanteni, another proven goal poacher? Only the devil knows! 

posted: 2013-09-26 06:34:18

Well said Popompo

posted: 2013-09-26 06:35:52

I cannot see why we signed Koapeng, all the games he played for us he has not offered anything. With our current strike force with the exception on Manzini, we are in trouble.

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