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Thanda's James Madidilane gives Siphiwe Tshabalala a scare

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Thanda defeat the Mighty Amakhosi

Posted: 30 August 2008 Time: 22:16

A brace by Bernard Parker set Thanda Royal Zulu up for a 2-1 win over Kaizer Chiefs in the late Absa Premiership game on Saturday.

Gert Schalkwyk continued his good form, scoring for Chiefs early in the second half, while a Bernard Parker brace sealed the points for the visitors.

The home side started the game without Itumeleng Khune and Valery Nahayo – both on the bench – while Thanda gave a run to new signing Peter Ndlovu, who came on as a second half substitute.

Thanda came at Chiefs in the first period, and opened the scoring through Parker on 20 minutes. Chiefs came back at the visitors, with chances for Schalkwyk, Thuso Phala and Reneilwe Letsholonyane, but Thanda held out for a 1-0 lead going into the break.

Chiefs came back just after half time, with a goal from Schalkwyk, but they didn’t stay level for long, as Thanda went back ahead through a Parker penalty on 55 minutes, and held on for a win.

Siphiwe Tshabalala had the first real opportunity of the game in the eighth minute, when Letsholonyane sent in a cross from the right and set him up on the far post, but the winger’s shot flashed wide.

Thanda followed with some good attempts, the first a long-range attempt from Obada. A few minutes later Tsotetsi brought down Parker on the edge of the area to win a free-kick. Madidilane’s resulting shot was stopped by Emille Baron, and Parker hit the rebound wide for a goal-kick.

Parker then opened the scoring for Thanda on 20 minutes. The new club captain played a neat one-two with Norman Smith before banging the ball home low and hard past the hapless Baron.

Chiefs hit back with a number of chances, and were all over the visiting team, but couldn’t find the back of the net.

First, Schalkwyk came close with a diving header after a lofted pass from Phala in the 28th minute. Then Letsholonyane’s long-range shot hit the crossbar half an hour in after a good, speedy run by David Mathebula.

Amakhosi came close again on 43 minutes, when Phala directed Tshabalala’s excellent cross just wide.

Finally, Letsholonyane came close with a free header just before the break – after a cross from Tshabalala – but he hit wide and Thanda finished the half 1-0 up.

They didn’t stay up for long, however, as two minutes into the second half Chiefs’ pressure paid off.

Letsholonyane sent a great cross into Schalkwyk, and this time the on-form striker’s powerful diving header was too much for Thanda keeper Aubrey Mathibe.

Letsholonyane followed up with a couple of long-range efforts, but the tables turned again on 55 minutes, when Thanda were awarded a penalty after a foul in the box on Smith by Quartey. Parker put his first attempt away, but it was ruled out by the referee.

His second attempt stood, however, and Thanda went back in the lead.

Chiefs quietened down somewhat after the penalty, and Thanda came close through chances from Parker, whose stylish shot on the turn went just wide, and Ndlovu, who had a chance from a cross only seconds after coming on as a substitute.

With seconds remaining in the Katlego Loke had a chance to put Thanda 3-1 up, but Baron pulled off a great reflex save to deny the substitute, and the game ended 2-1 to Thanda – their second win in a row over the mighty Amakhosi.

In the post-match interview Chiefs coach Muhsin Ertugral said it was “back to the drawing board” for him, as “his grandmother in a wheelchair” could have put away some of the chances his team had missed.

Previous comments on this story...

Anonymous
posted: 05:13 pm
Thanks for KZN boys to break the virginities of both KC & OP yesterday. Welcome to the world of prostitutes Chiefs and Pirates. Watch out today and see how depth works for a team with depth i.e Sundowns. By the way we won even though we always play against 12 men, refree inclusive. Two clear penalties were denied but i really don't blame him he is a Chiefs fan who wished we could lose our game.

Fhatuwani
Anonymous
posted: 05:25 pm
I know many people reserved their comments to see what was going to happen today fortunately they've won.Unlucky to my team KC better luck next time.People are going to talk.This is a marathon the game that matters for now is on the 20th.We will be the once celebrating.
Anonymous
posted: 05:34 pm
IT'S A GOOD THING WE'VE LOST THIS GAME AT LEAST WE KNOW THAT WE SHOULD TAKE ALL THE GAMES SERIOUS
Anonymous
posted: 06:35 pm
Amakhosi-kazi have been robbed and they are going to robbed the whole season .these guys cant play football they play counter attacks how can you plan sundowns when you playing against amabhubesi you should play the games in hand and forget about the brazilianz and concentrate on the games in hand
Anonymous
posted: 06:36 pm
Amakhosi-kazi have been robbed and they are going to robbed the whole season .these guys cant play football they play counter attacks how can you plan sundowns when you playing against amabhubesi you should play the games in hand and forget about the brazilianz and concentrate on the games in hand
Anonymous
posted: 07:11 pm
Thapedi: I love orlando pirates,even God is useless compared to the mighty baccanneers

guys i enjoy reading your comments,i like your jokes, the way you respond to one another,the way you protect your teams,and i respect everyone who comment on this site. But guys please,please please,lets not insult the ALMIGHTY GOD our creator.i am not defending Him He is GOD who can destroy guys like thapedi in a minute.what thapedi said is not a joke,what is pirates compared to GOD,Thapedi my brother you need some prayers.pls repent know pls repent,i will also pray for you,God loves you and i love you too.
Anonymous
posted: 10:42 pm
DON'T INSULT GOD THAPEDI.APOLOGISE,REPENT BEFORE YOU PERISH.
Anonymous
posted: 04:18 am
CHIEFS PLAYED WELL THEY ONLY NEED TO USE THE CHANCES THEY GET PERIOD, PHALA NEEDS TO IMPROVE BUT HES A GOOD PLAYER ONLY A BIT OF LUCK, GERT IS THE BEST, BUT HE CANT DO IT ALONE, BARON IS A GOOD COVER BUT KHUNE SHUD ALWAYS BE BETWEN THE POLES WHATS HAPPENING WITH HIM ANYWAY? OVERALL TH TEAM PLAYED WEL ON SAT NIGHT ITS JUST UNFORTUNATE THAT THEY DINT USE THEIR CHANCES WELL..
Anonymous
posted: 07:34 am
After Chiefs played Swallows I commented that Chiefs are good to themselves and we should wait for the league to kickoff and see exactly what they have up their sleeves. This was the first game but as some of us always say their media guys are doing them a sterling job, when they win one game we are sure to see Muhsin at the studio on monday during the soccer zone, I wish they bring him today to get what he's to say about his team's dismal performance. I said it previously that this team's midfield is hopeless, I can still say it today that this season is going to be just too long for Chiefs and their diehard supporters. It wont be long before Muhsin is shown the door labelled EXIT. I still do not understand why he believes Skalwyk is a striker, at one stage he offloaded him and now he wants everybody to believe that he is a lethal striker, what a misplaced assesment by chiefs technical team. Three points lost at home on the first game to Thanda Zulu Royals will haunt you guys for the rest of the season! Anyway work hard before Sundowns demolish you for the R8M that comes with MTN8 Cup, you are in for a serious beating!
Dr G
posted: 07:43 am
Mna I dont think Chiefs played a bad game. It was ok but mistakes at the back cost us. Now, you have to give credit to the TRZ coach, and not say chiefs had a bad game, he knew what to do when his boys got the 2nd goal. It was enterprising football
Dr G
posted: 07:43 am
Mna I dont think Chiefs played a bad game. It was ok but mistakes at the back cost us. Now, you have to give credit to the TRZ coach, and not say chiefs had a bad game, he knew what to do when his boys got the 2nd goal. It was enterprising football
Anonymous
posted: 08:07 am
Morning good people, what a wonderful spring soccer weekend. The season has just started and the usual ATM's are already in operation. Well done to Downs and the other victors, we should have scored more goals but hey we got the 3 points.

Scorpion, Die-hard sundawana.
Anonymous
posted: 08:34 am
Ha ha ha ha ha..
It's me again you can hate or love me I don't care.They won two games and thought they are world beaters,who are they blaming now Referee or the the Thanda Zulu Royals' defenders?
Papa--Wash
posted: 08:40 am
If Muhsin Ertugral's comments are anything to go by,now i know why Khenyeza left KFC that man is so arrogant and insulted his players on national TV.
Kaizer Pap and Cabbage
posted: 10:10 am
He he he, Thata maChips Thata ma Loose draws. Did you hear what Mushin waMadraw said after the match? He said even his grandma in her wheelchair she was going to score from those easy chances the kaizer chempazees got. Now I understand why Mabhuti left the grandma team.
Anonymous
posted: 10:23 am
I very happy the way amakhosi boys are playing,they play a good football but they have a problem of scoring goals, they creats so many chances but fail score.But when Torrealba return to field things will be okey.
Anonymous
posted: 10:41 am
He he he Thihaha.....ha ha .ja ne? Makhosi,Torrealba? Hai how do u xpekt a 1 man's team to win? u guys are lucky Serge Jehoa is no longa at Thanda,Adawise 4-1
Anonymous
posted: 11:10 am
The PSL marathon has begun ... Congratulations to all the winners & commiseration to the losers.

You lose some & you win some that what the game of footbal is about ... my beloved Khosi will bounce back.

KHOSI 4 LIFE !!!


Anonymous
posted: 09:02 pm
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